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Expect the unexpected for biggest show on Earth, MTV tells Belfast

Lady Gaga is tipped to be a winner at the MTV awards
Lady Gaga is tipped to be a winner at the MTV awards
LOS ANGELES - FILE: Singer Beyonce arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Beyonce is reportedly pregnant with her first child. The 29-year-old singer showed off her baby bump on the red carpet at the 2011 MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 28, 2011. This would be the first child for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. They have been married since 2008. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
Justin Bieber, left, and Selena Gomez arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Adele performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Katy Perry, left, kisses Russell Brand before going on stage to accept the award for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Presenter Katie Holmes is seen on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Katy Perry
Lil Mama arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Katie Perry arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa kiss as they arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Justin Bieber accepts the award for best male video for "U Smile" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Russell Brand is seen on stage during a tribute for Amy Winehouse at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Lady Gaga with Brian May, on guitar, perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Kevin Hart poses backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
(From the left) Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi, Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola, Deena Nicole Cortese and Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Katie Holmes arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Katie Perry backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Zoe Saldana
Beyonce Knowles
Britney Spears and Jason Trawick arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Justin Bieber
Britney Spears arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Katie Perry and Russell Brand arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Nicki Minaj arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Justin Bieber holds a toy snake as he arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Miley Cyrus arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Beyonce
Beyonce
Vinny Guadagnino and Paul DelVecchio backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Maria Menounos arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Pete Wentz arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Katy Perry and Russell Brand arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Selena Gomez
Kim Kardashian arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Jessie J arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Jenni JWoww Farley arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Zoe Saldana arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Bruno Mars performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Tyler the Creator (D) and the band Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), winners of the Best New Artist Award for "Yonkers" pose in the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Actress Ashley Richards arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rapper Jay-Z performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Sammi Giancola, Cloris Leachman, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley, and Deena Nicole Cortese onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rapper Pitbull (r) and guest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Lil Mama arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Vanessa Hudgens
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: (L-R) TV personalities Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Sammi Giancola, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese, Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley, and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musical group Young the Giant arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Actress Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the Candie's 2011 MTV Video Music Awards After Party at The Colony on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Actress Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the Candie's 2011 MTV Video Music Awards After Party at The Colony on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Nicki Minaj, winner of the Best Hip-Hop Video Award for "Super Bass" poses in the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Britney Spears, winner of the Video Vanguard Award and Best Pop Video Award for 'Till the World Ends' walks into the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Sammi Giancola, Cloris Leachman, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley, and Deena Nicole Cortese onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: DJ Khaled, Rick Ross,and Ace Hood arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi poses in the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley poses in the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi (R) and boyfriend Gianni pose in the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kelly Rowland
Jessie J
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Model Amber Rose arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Ne-Yo performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Jenni 'JWoww' Farley arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Beyonce
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Deena Nicole Cortese arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rapper Ne-Yo arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Chris Brown performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: TV personality Kim Kardashian speaks onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Rapper Wiz Khalifa and Model Amber Rose arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez will host the MTV EMAs
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Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez told fans her awards belonged to them
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer Selena Gomez of Selena Gomez & The Scene perform onstage during the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer Selena Gomez of Selena Gomez & The Scene perform onstage during the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer/actresses Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It’s going to be the biggest 18th birthday bash Belfast has ever seen.

And pop music fans have been told to “expect the unexpected” when the star-studded MTV European Music Awards roll into the city next month.

“This is our coming-of-age year and it’s going to be huge,” David Lynn, head of MTV, told the Belfast Telegraph. “The show broadcasts to a viewing audience of 1.2 billion across 640 million homes in 159 million territories. Expect the unexpected. It’s going to be great.”

Pop princess Selena Gomez has been lined up to host the multi-million pound glittering event, but Mr Lynn is keeping tight-lipped about what other A-listers will be gracing the red carpet at the Odyssey come November 6.

“We are still working on what the talent line-up is going to be,” he added. “We haven’t announced the performances yet but you can expect the same groundbreaking production that we’ve always had. It’s fully our intention to make it as fantastic and innovative a show in Belfast as it always has been.”

Lady Gaga, who was unable to make the EMAs in Madrid last year, is expected to top the bill with British artists like Adele and Jessie J, who are also nominated for a number of awards, likely to put in appearances.

“It will be a star-studded experience and a spectacular a show as we’ve ever put on,” promised Mr Lynn.

Belfast has always boasted a rich musical heritage, from Stiff Little Fingers to Snow Patrol, Ruby Murray to Van Morrison, but in recent years the city's music scene has flourished, with bands like General Fiasco and Two Door Cinema Club helping to shine a spotlight on the city. And it was this rich local scene which put “edgy” Belfast above cities like Warsaw, Paris and Istanbul.

Belfast City Council is also putting £320,000 towards the event, with further funding being drawn down from a number of Stormont departments, Tourism Northern Ireland, NI Screen and commercial sponsors.

“Holding it in the city is really going to draw on the great spirit and culture of Belfast,” said Mr Lynn. “There’s a great vibrancy and vibe in Belfast at the moment. When we are picking cities we look at a number of different factors, including the capability to host the show of this scale and complexity. As well as that we look at the heritage and strength of the music scene in the city — and in Belfast we found there is a great music scene.

“We’ve worked really well with Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and lots of local businesses to make sure that we are putting on a great show. I think it says a lot about Belfast that it is able and ready to put on a show of this scale.

“I think Belfast is a great choice — it has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, particularly in terms of the hospitality infrastructure and technical capabilities.

“We believe it really is ready to host an event as big as the EMAs.”

More than 10,000 hotel rooms have been booked in 40 hotels. However, Belfast’s strict licensing laws could put a dampener on aftershow parties with pubs and clubs having to close their bars at midnight. But Mr Lynn would not be drawn into the contentious debate.

“That’s really a local issue,” he said. “We are moving ahead and we are very excited to be hosting the event in Belfast.”

Tickets will be made available to the public via a raft of competitions across the UK. For information people are advised to keep an eye on www.mtvema.com

Star-studded line-up to get city on song

American pop phenomenon Selena Gomez is to host the star-studded MTV EMA awards in Belfast on November 6. Platinum-selling outlandish songstress Lady Gaga is currently leading the pack with six nominations, while Bruno Mars and Katy Perry have four.

British singer Adele — who is currently the top-selling artist of the year — has scored three nominations, along with Justin Bieber and 30 Seconds To Mars. The EMAs have been held since 1994 and are based on fans’ and viewers’ votes.

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