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No MTV duet for Kanye and Taylor

Kanye West and Taylor Swift won't be duetting at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, according to organisers.

Jesse Ignjatovic, the executive producer of Sunday's show, flatly declared there's no chance of the pair reuniting in song a year after Kanye interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech for best female video to proclaim that Beyonce should have instead won the prize. Ignjatovic hopes that Kanye, who's slated to perform, won't be interrupting anyone this time.

"The beautiful thing about Kanye is he's not one to repeat himself," said Ignjatovic.

The outspoken rapper took to his Twitter account last week to again apologise for last year's on-air fiasco, acknowledging that he was wrong for lunging on stage at Radio City Music Hall and grabbing the microphone away from then-teen country crooner Taylor, who's again nominated for best female video but isn't confirmed to attend this year's show.

"I am getting the feeling from him and his tweets over the last couple of days that he wants to get rid of that," said bawdy late-night host Chelsea Handler, who is hosting the ceremony for the first time. "That is a good place for him to be. He should move on, so he can have something else to talk about."

In his series of tweets last week, Kanye revealed that he wrote a song for Taylor, and "if she won't take it, then I'll perform it for her".

"I hope that we move on from it," said Ignjatovic. "It feels like it's time. It was a year ago."

Lady Gaga leads this year's nominees with 13 nods behind the eight nominations for Eminem, who will open the ceremony. Other acts scheduled to perform include Drake, Mary J Blige, Swizz Beatz, Bruno Mars, Florence And The Machine, Usher, Paramore, Linkin Park, BoB and Justin Bieber.

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