The hit-makers will hit the stage for MTV's awards show

By Ivory Jeff Clinton
August 21, 2008 03:05 PM
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This year’s MTV Video Music Awards might get a little explosive.

Multi-platinum artist Pink, Rihanna, Paramore and T.I. have signed on to perform at the 25th annual event, hosted by British comedian Russell Brand, airing live from Los Angeles on Sept. 7.

“I can’t wait,” said Pink, who added that she intends to “blow stuff up.” The rocker, who performed her hit “Just Like a Pill” at the 2002 show, will treat the audience to her new single “So What.”

Also returning to the VMA stage will be pop star Rihanna. She will follow last year’s performance of “Umbrella,” which won the video of the year award, with a live rendition of her new No. 1 hit “Disturbia.”

The frequent magazine cover girl is a contender in two categories this year: best female video for “Take a Bow” and best collaboration in a video for “If I Never See Your Face Again” with Maroon 5.

Rapper T.I. is also set to play the ceremony, following an arrest in Atlanta last October in the parking before the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which scuttled his plans to perform that night. His “No Matter What” is up for best male video this year.

The band Paramore, whose “Crushcrushcrush” is competing for best rock video and best art direction in a video, has been added to this year’s parade of performers, rounded out by the Jonas Brothers, Kid Rock and Lil Wayne.

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