MTV Sets VMA Performers


Green Day headed the list of 2005 MTV Video Music Awards nominations with eight, six for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and a pair for “American Idiot.”

Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott followed with six nods apiece, while U2 netted five nominations.

The VMAs will be broadcast live on MTV: Music Television Sunday Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. (tape-delayed on the West Coast) from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

The 22nd annual show will be hosted by Diddy, the artist/entrepreneur formerly known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Sean” Puffy” Combs.

The initial list of performers comprises numbers from Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and Green Day (from multiplatinum album American Idiot).

The show -- which will have water as the underlying theme, with effects engineered by the same production company that erected the fountain outside the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas -- will feature performances from other locales around Miami, as well as from five stages inside the arena.

Hip-hop star Lil John and Mike Shinoda, producer of three-time VMA winner Linkin Park, will score the first ever original music from the show. Viewers will be able to download the original music as ring tones, exclusively on MTV on their Virgin Mobile USA LLC phones, according to network officials.

A limited number of tickets will go on sale next month, with Comcast Corp. promoting the one-day sale event.

Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound,” Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” West’s “Jesus Walks” and Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” are the nominees for “Video of the Year.”