MTV anticipates ’08 VMAs

Kelly Covell

If you’ve tuned into MTV recently, the incessant reality show repeats have not been your only source of déjà vu.

Advertisements for the upcoming 2008 Video Music Awards might remind you of last year, when all “tween” viewers were on the edge of their seats in anticipation for Britney’s big return to the spotlight.

Unfortunately, Britney failed to deliver, and instead ended up as the target of tabloids that suggested a midlife meltdown for the less-than-middle-aged pop star.

Unfortunately, after a series of promotions for the event, Britney decided to back out on a planned return to the VMAs.

Though we may be disappointed, there are still reasons to tune in – such as to find out what Hannah Montana will be wearing.

This year, the awards show is celebrating its 25th anniversary, so you can expect some off-the-wall performances both on and off the stage.

Moving west from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, the VMAs will take place in Hollywood at the Paramount Studios with British comedian Russell Brand as the host.

With a hip-hop-heavy lineup in 2007, the awards are looking to cover a broader spectrum this year with rockers such as Paramore, Travis Barker and Kid Rock; the ever-poppy Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry; and hip-hop acts T.I., T-Pain and Lil’ Wayne, who is predicted to be a multiple award winner for the night.

While “Lollipop” is in the running for both Best Male Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, there are also other big names nominated this year.

The Pussycat Dolls take the lead with six nominations, including Best Dancing, Cinematography, Art Direction and Video of the Year for “When I Grow Up.” Close behind are Chris Brown and Perry, whose multiple hits this year have secured them five nominations each.

Though the nominees may technically be the main event, many of us tune in to see our favorite celebs.

Presenters and attendees this year include “High School Musical” stars and sweethearts Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps, actresses Lindsay Lohan and Scarlet Johansson and everyone’s favorite Disney star, Miley Cyrus.

Whether it’s for the candid camera mishaps, new fall fashions, on- carpet cat fights, the presenters and performers or to see if Britney actually shows up, be one of the million 2008 VMA viewers on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

(If you need to know, check out for a to-the-second countdown until the big show and more info on what the 2008 VMAs have in store.)