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U2 signs on for MTV Awards

Irish rock band U2 has been added to the talent lineup of the MTV Video Music Awards Sept. 2 at the Universal Amphitheatre.

Lyle Lovett, Arrested Development and George Clinton join the list of presenters, along with basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and model Cindy Crawford.

Tony Bennett, Sharon Stone, Peter Gabriel and Michael Richards are among the previously announced contingent of presenters for the three-hour live broadcast.

Show producer Joel Gallen has increased the size of the stage, extending it out to the sides by removing around 150 seats from the sections adjacent to the stage. The stage rear door will also be kept open and tented, allowing for additional space for the staging of the show.

“The Amphitheatre is a great place to see a show (from an audience perspective),” said Gallen. “But for staging purposes I’ve always felt it was a bit like using a high school auditorium. The space increase gives us a lot more latitude for the artist’s production numbers.” Gallen warns, “it’ll be the fastest three hours you’ve ever seen.”

U2 is a four-time video award winner. Their appearance is being billed as a “multimedia Zooropa style performance,” but an MTV spokesperson would not comment on whether the performance would be live or via satellite. The band is presently out of the country.

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