Madden tells PEOPLE he's not taking the gig with Hollywood's elite lightly

By Mark Gray
March 06, 2010 07:15 PM

For Joel Madden, the sheer mention of the word “Oscars” stirs up images of sitting at home with fiancé Nicole Richie and a bowl of popcorn.

On Sunday, that will all change. Instead of watching the 82nd annual Academy Awards this year, the Good Charlotte frontman will be a part of it, providing the soundtrack to the event as the in-house deejay.

“I’m just there to keep the vibe,” he told PEOPLE on the eve of Hollywood’s biggest night. “In between the show and in between people going up and accepting awards there’s a lot of dead space and a lot of dead air, so I’ll be just be there trying to keep it light and keep it fun.”

But don’t expect Madden, 30, to be the one cueing the music when those acceptance speeches run a little too lengthy – but he would be up for it.

“I would love that if that was my job,” he joked. “I don’t think that will be me, but that would be the best part of the night for me.”

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With nearly all of Hollywood’s elite listening, Madden, who is finishing up his band Good Charlotte’s next album, Cardiology, due out in August, said he’s not really nervous about playing before them, but rather excited. “I’m definitely not taking it lightly,” he said, but wouldn’t go into details about the show or his playlist.

“This is going to be a nice night out for us,” he said of his working date night with Richie. “For us it’s usually about making popcorn at home … betting who we think is going to win … She’s usually right all the time.”

For the record, she has yet to tell him her pick for Best Picture.
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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, and televised live on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.