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Friday 30 January 2015

Fans turn out for star-studded MTV Awards

U.S. singer Katy Perry speaks during a media conference ahead of the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards this Thursday at St George's Hall, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Thomas)
Amelle Berrabah, Heidi Range and Keisha Buchanan

Music fans gathered tonight to catch a glimpse of some of the biggest names in showbiz as the MTV Europe Music Awards returned to the UK.

R&B superstar Beyonce, rapper Kanye West and Welsh soul singer Duffy are due to perform at the awards ceremony, which is being held in Liverpool.

First to arrive on the red carpet tonight was celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, who was hosting MTV's digital coverage of the awards ceremony.

Hilton, whose gossip website attracts around eight million hits a day, was dressed as a "naughty schoolboy" in knee-lengths shorts, white shirt and school tie.

He said all his outfits for the evening were going to be of a British theme.

He added: "I've decided to be very British. I think I look like Elizabeth Hurley's son, only cuter."

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney will be named the "Ultimate Legend" at the star-studded ceremony.

Soul singer Duffy, 24, leads the award nominations with Britney Spears and Coldplay.

Each have been shortlisted in three categories, including the Album of the Year.

Their rivals in the album category are Leona Lewis and Alicia Keys.

X Factor winner Lewis, 23, has also been nominated for the Act of 2008 award where she is up against Amy Winehouse and Rihanna.

Beyonce, 27, is nominated in the Ultimate Urban category against Chris Brown, Kanye West, who is also performing on Thursday night, and Lil Wayne.

The ceremony is being held at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, and hosted by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry.

As well as presenting the show, the 24-year-old will perform her new single. She is also nominated in Most Addictive Track category for her hit I Kissed A Girl.

Take That will return to the MTV awards for the first time since the original MTV Europe awards ceremony in 1994, when they won Best Group.

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