MTV has tapped Jamie Foxx to host its 18th annual Video Music Awards, to be broadcast live Sept. 6 from Gotham’s Metropolitan Opera House.
“Having already established himself as an actor and comedian, Jamie Foxx will no doubt add to the creativity and unpredictability that makes the Video Music Awards stand out,” said Van Toffler, MTV and MTV2 prexy.
No stranger to the music biz, Foxx’s 1994 album “Peep This” hit No. 12 on the R&B album chart, and he also wrote two songs for the “Any Given Sunday” soundtrack.
Foxx just completed the fifth and final season of the “The Jamie Foxx Show” for the WB.
Skedded VMA performers include ‘N Sync, U2, Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys. Fatboy Slim’s “Weapons of Choice” video, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring Christopher Walken, leads with nine nominations.
This year’s kudocast will be helmed by Beth McCarthy and exec produced by Dave Sirulnick and Salli Frattini.
Foxx is repped by CAA.