It's Lady's night as Gaga signs up for MTV awards
The biggest pop star on the planet, Lady Gaga, will be jetting into Belfast to perform at the MTV Emas next month.
The US superstar, who leads the pack this year with six nominations, will be joined by pop sensation Bruno Mars, hot on her heels with four nominations.
Gaga, who stormed Belfast last year with a number of typically flamboyant sell-out shows, was the big winner at the Emas in Madrid last year, scooping three gongs for Best Pop, Best Female and Best Song (Bad Romance).
However, she was unable to attend the show as she was touring in Budapest and delivered her acceptance speech via satellite instead.
MTV bosses were confident that she would make a special effort to pencil the star-studded bash in her diary this year and yesterday, as expected, she confirmed she would be performing at the awards at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday, November 6.
The first batch of MTV Ema presenters, who will assist actress and popstar Selena Gomez, have also been unveiled.
They are Nicole ‘Snooki' Polizzi, Jenni ‘JWoww' Farley of Jersey Shore fame and Ashley Rickards from MTV's newest hit series, Awkward.
Lady Gaga, who was named Forbes' Most Powerful Woman in the World 2011 and included in Time's annual list of the most influential people globally, is the top female nominee at the awards this year, closely followed by Mars and Katy Perry, with four apiece.
Perry, who performed on The X Factor results show on Sunday night, is also expected to confirm her appearance in the coming weeks.
Gaga and Perry are set to do battle for the Best Live, Best Pop, Best Song and Best Female accolades.
Gaga is also nominated for Best Video for Born This Way and Biggest Fans — a new gong which will be awarded to the most passionate fanbase for a particular artist.
Mars, who achieved multi-platinum status for his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and who will end his sold-out European tour in Belfast at the MTV Emas, is in the running for the Best Song, Best Male, Best New and Best Push awards.
Already announced to perform are Coldplay, Jessie J and LMFAO, all of whom will rock the stage at the Odyssey Arena. Snow Patrol and Jason Derulo will play at Belfast City Hall.
Meanwhile, US rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced that they will stage their MTV Ema performance at the Ulster Hall.
Fans of the Californian quartet will get a chance to see them play a special 60-minute set on November 6, with one song being broadcast within the Emas. Tickets for the show, priced £42.40, will go on sale this Saturday at 9am.
Speaking about the forthcoming show, the band said: “We haven’t played in Belfast in a long time; to be able to perform in such a historic location for music is something we are very much looking forward to.”
The band is nominated for two Emas — Best Live Act and Best Rock.
eBay axes tickets
Free tickets to Snow Patrol’s MTV gig which were illegally offered for sale online will be invalid on the night. The tickets had been sold on eBay for up to £150 each. The site has since removed the listings. Thousands of fans queued in Belfast for hours on Sunday morning in a bid to get hold of one of the 15,000 free tickets, which were snapped up inside an hour.