MTV Names Euro Awards Headliners

Green Day, Leona Lewis and Tokio Hotel are the first headliners announced for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Berlin’s O2 World Nov. 5.

Kings Of Leon and Lady Gaga top the list of nominees, with five each.

Kings of Leon has nominations for best song for “Use Somebody,” best live act, best group, best rock and best world stage performance.

Lady Gaga has a chance to win best song for “Pokerface,” best live act, best new act, best female and best world stage performance.

German glam rockers Tokio Hotel, which was also nominated for best group, have had four No. 1 singles and two No. 1 albums in their homeland and multiple platinum and gold sales around the world.

More performers, presenters and the awards’ host will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2009 EMAs, the 19th time the awards have been staged, will comprise 13 categories and 23 regional awards.

The winners of 11 of the 13 categories will be selected by MTV viewers. Voting began at Sept. 21.

“Best Push Artist” and “Best World Stage Performance” categories were added this year in recognition of some of the artists that have been supported by MTV on a global basis.

Viewer voting for the 23 regional EMAs will run until Oct. 11.

The five regional acts with the highest number of votes will be announced Oct. 12 and those winners will be nominated for best European act, which will be also be viewer voted and presented at the 2009 EMAs. The winner of best video will be selected by MTV.

This year the organisers are promising a stellar show as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.