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:: Spotlight :: 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards

By: Mary-Jane Morse

Pink, Teddy Geiger and Damien Leith join 30 Seconds to Mars, Good Charlotte, and Fergie in the line up of performers set to rock the stage at the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards to be held at Acer Arena on April 29. Not only will viewers at home be able to see this spectacular line up but for the first time ever, a small number of tickets will go on sale through ticketek.

The show which has promised to deliver ‘bigger and better’ is certainly on its way to achieving just that with secured talent for the show already including Fergie and Good Charlotte as main show hosts, Perez Hilton and Sophie Monk as red carpet hosts, a special guest appearance by Kristen Cavallari from Laguna Beach with only more talent announcements to come.

The multiple Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling, Pink is also up for 5 Awards including Best Female Artist. Australian Idol winner Damien Leith who is currently working on his 2nd album has been nominated for 2 awards including Best Male Artist and US teen heart-throb Teddy Geiger will make a special trip down under for his nomination in the Spanking New Artist Category.

The Australian public will now be able to not only view this star studded event from their living rooms but they will also be able to experience the glamour and craziness of the notorious awards show first hand with the announcement that tickets will go on sale on April 10. Formerly restricted to include only industry guests, VIPs and those lucky enough to secure their spot via competitions, a small number of tickets will now be available to purchase via Ticketek for $45.

The awards show now in its third consecutive year, will be held on April 29 at Sydney’s Acer Arena and is set to broadcast to more people than ever before on MTV Networks through the Foxtel, Optus and Austar platforms, broadcast partner Network Ten, and MTV’s newest broadband channel MTV OVERDRIVE set to go live mid April.

Voting for the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards commenced on Thursday March 1, and closes on Saturday April 28. MTV viewers can cast their vote by logging on here or by simply sending an SMS with the word ‘vote’ to 191MTV and follow the prompts.

Winners will be announced live at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on Sunday, April 29, 2007 with the pre-show commencing at 5.00pm, Red Carpet Show from 7.00pm and the main show due to commence at 8.00pm. A special winners’ post show will feature at 11.00pm rounding up all of the highlights from the night.

The nominations for the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards are:

SPANKIN’ NEW ARTIST
Stephanie McIntosh - Mistake
Lily Allen - Smile
Damien Leith - Night Of My Life
Teddy Geiger - For You I Will (Confidence)
The Lost Gospel - Secret Agent
Ne*Yo - So Sick

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me)
Jet - Rip It Up
Good Charlotte - Keep Your Hands Off My Girl
Wolfmother - Joker & The Thief
My Chemical Romance -Welcome To The Black Parade

BEST MALE ARTIST
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around
Shannon Noll - Lonely
Jay-Z - Show Me What You Got
Damien Leith - Night Of My Life
Robbie Williams - Lovelight
Akon feat Eminem - Smack That

BEST GROUP
Wolfmother - Joker & The Thief
Good Charlotte - Keep Your Hands Off My Girl
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
Silverchair - Straight Lines
Panic! At The Disco - Lying Is The Most Fun
A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road
Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push
Snoop feat R. Kelly - That’s That
Chamillionaire - Ridin’
Akon feat Eminem - Smack That
Fergie - London Bridge

BEST DANCE VIDEO
David Guetta vs The Egg - Love Don’t
Let Me Go (Walking Away)
Rogue Traders - In Love Again
Bob Sinclar - Rock This Party
Sneaky Sound System - Pictures
Bodyrox feat Luciana - Yeah Yeah
Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD – AUSTRALIA
VIEWERS VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITE ARTIST

SEXIEST VIDEO
Fergie - Fergalicious
Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
Nelly Furtado - Maneater
The Pussycat Dolls - I Don’t Need A Man
Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
Beyoncé feat Jay-Z - Deja Vu

BEST POP VIDEO
Christina Aguilera - Ain’t No Other Man
Guy Sebastian - Elevator Love
Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around
The Veronicas - Revolution
Pink - U + Ur Hand

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Pink - U & Ur Hand
Fergie - Fergalicious
Christina Aguilera - Aint No Other Man
Beyoncé - Irreplaceable
Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous
Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up

DOWNLOAD OF THE YEAR
Pink - Who Knew
Youth Group - Forever Young
AFI - Miss Murder
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Rihanna - SOS
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

BEST HOOK-UP
Justin Timbelake feat Timbaland - SexyBack
Diddy feat Christina Aguilera - Tell Me
Akon feat Eminem - Smack That
The Pussycat Dolls feat Snoop - Buttons
U2 and Green Day - The Saints Are Coming
Beyoncé feat Jay-Z - Deja Vu

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Christina Aguilera - Ain’t No Other Man
Wolfmother - Joker & the Thief
30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill (Bury Me)
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Beyoncé - Irreplaceable
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around
Pink - U & Ur Hand
Silverchair - Straight Lines

VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
TBC

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
TBC

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**Post-event wrap**

2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards

Quite literally a who’s who (as in - who the hell is that on the red carpet with boobs and legs in ample view and why don’t they just go back to wannabe castle with all the others and let the actual musicians through?) of Australian and overseas music talent, trickled down the red carpet one by one. Some were kind enough to stop for a moment to sign autographs for fans who had been lined up for hours to catch a peak of their favourite stars. Others, not to mention any names, “fergiliciously” and “richly” raced down the carpet like the 100 metre sprint and whizzed into the safety of their prime positioned tables inside. God forbid they should speak with the media.
Other stars with less of an attitude and more of a respect for their star status (and some with no star status at all but just desperate to be in the press) did stop to speak with fans and mingle with media on the way through.

Gossip “Queen” Perez Hilton was quick to lay on his usual cheek and banter when he stopped to mention “I might get in trouble already but I heard that Nicole Richie is being a little bit difficult - I heard that she didn’t want to do a dress rehearsal”.

Beautiful Abby Cornish looked resplendent and was ever so pleasant when speaking with us on the carpet and mentioned that next up for her was to go and live in New York for a while, for herself, not for work. Abby said that she planned to “paint” while she was there and would be hanging out with one of her friends who she quoted was an “amazing artist”.

The ever bubbling Veronica poppets were out and about to get there new fashion line in the public view - their line is said to be available through Target – in Stella McCartney style – who would have ever thought Target would become so trendy? The girls were delighted to be back home and had been spending time with family, enjoying BBQs and “chilling out:” Lisa revealed her crush on Dean Guyer “He's so gorgeous - I have a massive crush but I think every girl in Australia wants to go out with him," which put the wheels in motion for a whole lot of gossip column action in the weeks to come – it has just been revealed that they have announced they are a couple – nothing like a bit of proclamation to the press to get the ball rolling. Reps for Lisa at Warner Music have confirmed that Dean and Lisa are in fact a couple!

Pink won two awards for best female artist and download of the year and put on a “high-flying” performance to open the awards – performing aerial acrobatics high above the audience. Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas member and self proclaimed “Princess” helped out with the hosting and put in a sexy performance whilst also taking home the award for sexiest video for Fergalicious.

Actor turned singer, Jared Letto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars, who won best rock video and video of the year – were overjoyed to be down under “We are just super, super excited to be in Australia, we have been talking about this trip for about six months now and we are just so happy that things are going well for us here for our very first tour of Australia”. He continued to say that “We are just really grateful to have had an opportunity to do what we are doing - to tour and make music together and share that experience is a gift and we are just really grateful”.

Paulini, of Australian Idol fame, dared to step out in another gold dress - now we all remember “that” gold dress and the ever pleasant comments of the charming Dicko. Well lets just say its time to eat your words Dicko - Paulini looked smashing in a short gold dress that was styled and made especially for her by her stylist - we all love a “stick it to em story” and truly, she looked great!

Good Charlotte said the words we wanted to hear when asked about their experience hosting the MTV Awards, “This was one of the funnest nights of my life - I thought hosting it was going to be really hard and stressful but it was fun!” They spoke of the friendships they had made since coming to Australia, “We have a lot of friends here now and it has been great just to hang out and have a good time - so it was like the most laid back awards show we’ve ever been too” - got to love that laid back Aussie charm!!! They spoke of their joking around with Fergie on stage about being “kissed down under” but reassured us not to worry because Fergie “is a really classy lady” - tounge in cheek perhaps? The boys mentioned they were hoping to return to Australia in August for a Good Morning Revival tour and added that they were “huge fans of Steve Irwin”.

Benji Madden, who is engaged to our very own Sophie Monk is keen to set up life in Australia - “I am most definitely going to try my hardest to become an Australian citizen because I think you people might take this place for granted because you live here, but when you don’t live here and you come here, it’s like paradise and you should really appreciate Australia because it is the most amazing place in the world and I that’s not just something I say in every country - I definitely want to live here - I always have since we came the first time in 2000”.
On the subject of Snoop – the boys thought the ban on Snoop’s entry to Australia for the awards was similar to the war in Iraq????? WTF????
“It’s the Government, you know, we didn’t really want to go to the war in Iraq but we’re there so its like, those things happen” then, realising what he had said. “I don’t know why I just compared Snoop to the war in Iraq - I guess it just shows that we really care about Snoop. It sucks that he couldn’t be here because Snoop would have been a really fun edition to the show - he’s a great guy and a great entertainer - its real f**ker that he couldn’t make it”.

Girlfriend Nicole Richie, who looked glamorous and even tinier in real life presented the award for best male artist, which was won by none other than our own Shannon Noll for the third year running. Dear, sweet, gullible Nicole looked very silly on stage when she pronounced Shannon’s name – “Shaa – non.” In the media room, Joel confessed he played a trick on her, “I was actually the one that told her to say that - honey, say Shaa-non, trust me”.

Aussie Rock legends Silverchair took home the inaugural Video Vanguard Award – kind of like a hall-of-fame entry – for a band or artist whose music has made a lasting impact on the MTV generation.

All in all the show had MTV branded all over it – and with the lack of Snoop Dog, a major let down for fans and MTV executives, the night held up quite well with great performances from the international counterparts (and not so great from locals – Stephanie Macintosh had a bit of a shocker). A selection of sexy stars and a multitude of “who was that” wannabes provided for a relatively interesting night. Not too bad. But not that good. That’s my tip.