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Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed for Belfast MTV awards gig


Belfast bound: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Belfast bound: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Belfast bound: Red Hot Chili Peppers

US rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers are to spice up the 2011 MTV EMAs in Belfast next month.

The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band are the first act to be officially confirmed for the star-studded bash at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday, November 6.

And for the first time ever, the awards will be presented from three locations throughout the host city.

The Odyssey Arena will serve as the main stage, with two other locations in the city to be announced in the coming weeks.

Fresh from the release of their latest chart-topping album I'm With You, the legendary Chili Peppers, who hail from California, said they were looking forward to returning to Belfast.

In a statement released by the rock group, it said: “We haven’t played in Belfast in a long time, so we’re looking forward to performing at the 2011 MTV EMAs and seeing all our fans.”

The awards — the biggest entertainment event ever to be staged in Northern Ireland — will be hosted by multi-talented singer and actress Selena Gomez.

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Artists rumoured to be attending include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Adele.

“We’re really excited to celebrate Belfast and its rich musical heritage by showcasing MTV EMA performances from multiple sites throughout the city,” said Bruce Gillmer, executive vice president of talent and music programming/events for Viacom International Media Networks.

“These three stages will give fans a unique and unprecedented opportunity to experience the live music of the EMAs.” One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy awards, including Best Rock Album for Stadium Arcadium, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group for Dani California, Best Rock Song for Scar Tissue, and Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal for Give It Away.

The band are made up of singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.