Swift joins the extraordinary roster of previously announced performers confirmed for this year’s show, which will be a music-lover’s paradise filled with head-banging hits and brand new songs from artists that include multi-platinum selling group Green Day; jaw-dropping performer P!nk; megastar Alicia Keys; and British boy band phenoms One Direction, who are first-time VMA performers and nominees. The show will be hosted by Kevin Hart, the actor and comedian known for his sharp tongue and self-deprecating humor, who will leave no stone unturned as he roasts the world’s biggest stars in music and entertainment.
Taylor Swift, at the young age of 22, is already a six-time GRAMMY winner, including the youngest “Album of the Year” winner in the history of the music industry’s highest honor for her album Fearless, released in 2008. Swift will release her fourth studio album, Red, on October 22, 2012. Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious “The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time” (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Swift one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboard’s “Woman of the Year,” the reigning American Music Awards “Artist of the Year,” and both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music’s current “Entertainer of the Year.” She is also the most awarded star in the history of the Teen Choice Awards, taking home honors for both music and movies. Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Each of her three studio albums has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, and her most recent album, Speak Now, is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe, is one of the top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in country music history.
Earlier this year, Swift wrapped her world tour in support of Speak Now and played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Swift voiced the character of Audrey in the 2012 hit movie “Dr. Seuss’s The LORAX,” and also this year, contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie “The Hunger Games.” She has hosted Saturday Night Live, appeared in the Garry Marshall film “Valentine’s Day,” and guest-starred on the Emmy-winning TV drama CSI.
At the Olympics in London, the USA won the country’s second women’s team gold medal in history (the first was in 1996). The members of the “Fierce Five” are: Gabby Douglas, who also won the women’s all-around gold medal; McKayla Maroney, the vault silver medalist; Alexandra Raisman, who won the floor exercise gold medal and the balance beam bronze; Kyla Ross; and Jordyn Wieber. The women, along with other World and Olympic medalists in gymnastics, are preparing for a 40-city, nationwide tour that begins Sept. 8 in San Jose, Calif., and wraps up Nov. 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.comonline or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone. In addition, “Best New Artist” is available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 22444 or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page. Voting for all VMA categories, except “Best New Artist,” will end on August 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Voting for “Best New Artist” continues through the show, live on September 6. Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 22444 (standard message rates apply.) In addition voters that text VMA to 22444 are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the “2013 Video Music Awards.”
Taylor Swift Will Debut New Music At The VMAs: