Green Day and P!nk Set to Make Triumphant Return to ‘2009 MTV Video Music Awards’ Stage

MTV is taking over New York City and breaking down the walls as Green Day and P!nk are set to perform at the “2009 MTV Video Music Awards.” Grammy Award winning rockers Green Day return to the VMAs stage to perform a hit off their latest album, 21st Century Breakdown. After an explosive performance at last year’s show, P!nk is determined to top herself this time around with a song from her multi-platinum selling album Funhouse. In addition, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford are the first presenters confirmed for the show. As previously announced, Russell Brand will host and Taylor Swift and Muse are set to perform. The “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT). Additional performers, nominees and presenters will be announced at a later date.

“Last year I got to jump out of a window at the VMAs in LA,” said P!nk. “This year I can’t wait to blow the roof off Radio City in New York.”

“We are excited to be performing at the Video Music Awards,” says Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. “You never know what’s going to happen, and it’s always a memorable experience for us.”

Three songs from 21st Century Breakdown – including “21 Guns,” “Know Your Enemy” and “East Jesus Nowhere” – are currently available to Rock Band(TM) owners for download. The Green Day tracks are the first in an exclusive partnership between MTV Games, Harmonix and Warner Music Group’s Green Day to bring the band’s songs to the Rock Band(TM) platform as downloadable content.

From performer announcements to rehearsal details, fans will be the first to know all the VMA news by following the “insideMTV” twitter account at twitter.com/insidemtv. There will be exclusive tweets, videos and photos posted leading up to and throughout the big show. Viewers will also have access to all things VMAs by logging on to vma.mtv.com.

Additionally, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to sign up for VMA text alerts by texting VIP to 8911 to receive VMA news and behind-the-scenes action delivered directly to their Verizon Wireless phones.

MTV has once again tapped Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves to executive produce this year’s “MTV Video Music Awards.” Jesse and Den of Thieves, which he launched in 2007, have a slate of shows debuting this year including “The T.O. Show” on VH1 and “Peak Season” on CTV/MTV Canada. Ignjatovic spent many years as Vice President of Music & Talent Development, creating, executive producing shows like the GRAMMY award winning “MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups” featuring Jay-Z/Linkin Park, J Lo’s “Dancelife,” Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,” Meet The Barkers,” and “MTV Icon.” Jesse recently executive produced Russell Brand’s first U.S. comedy special, ” Russell Brand in New York City,” for Comedy Central.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer, for the “2009 MTV Video Music Awards.” Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Garrett English is co-Executive Producer/Executive in Charge of Production. Amy Doyle is co-Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Jen Jones is Producer. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Robin Reinhardt-Locke is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” are 5 Gum, Febreze, Pepsi, Rhapsody , Sears, Taco Bell , U.S. Army and Verizon Wireless.

The “2009 MTV Video Music Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of 68 channels reaching 577 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

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