Justin Bieber, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen and Marianas Trench Announced as Performers for the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

- The 2012 MMVAs, co-hosted by LMFAO, air live Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic and Fuse -
- MMVAs wristband giveaway begins June 8 during NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. at MuchMusic HQ -
- Fans can have their say now in the UR FAVE category on mmva.muchmusic.com -

Let the shrieking begin! MuchMusic announced earlier today on a special episode of NEW.MUSIC.LIVE., a heavy-hittin’ all-Canadian line up of global chartbusting performers for the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Calling in to NML to announce his own attendance, Canadian superstar and MMVA nominee, Justin Bieber will drop a sonic boom at Much HQ in Toronto. Also confirmed to light up the stage is JUNO and Grammy®-winning global phenomenon, record producer and actress Nelly Furtado. Additional performers set to rock the block are singer-songwriter sensation Carly Rae Jepsen and pop/rock band Marianas Trench. These MMVA UR FAVE performers join previously announced electro-pop 2012 MMVA co-hosts and performers, LMFAO, and global pop superstar performer, Katy Perry. The 2012 MMVAs get down on Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET, on Much in Canada and Fuse in the U.S., with the MMVAs RED CARPET SPECIAL at 8 p.m. ET in both countries.

“I’m so excited to be coming back home for this year’s MMVAs,” said Justin Bieber. It’s an honour to be nominated and performing. I can’t wait!”

“The last couple months have been madness,” said Carly Rae Jepsen. “I can’t wait to come home and play a show where this all began at this year’s MMVAs. Can’t wait to see everybody!”

“Wow, we are extremely stoked to be rocking the MMVAs this year,” said Marianas Trench. “Flaming bras are out of style this season but you can bet we’ll have a few tricks up our sleeves. Brace yourself, Canada!”

Justin Bieber
From a humble upbringing in Stratford, ON, this 18 year-old pop/R&B singer-songwriter, musician and actor is so much more than a household name; he’s a superstar of intergalactic proportions. His albums, My World and My World 2.0, have been certified multi-platinum and both debuted at #1. To date, Justin has amassed more than 15 million in worldwide CD sales, including just under a million albums and 2 million combined digital singles in Canada. With 5 MMVAs under his accomplished belt, including a tie with Drake for Best International Video – Canadian in 2011, it’s safe to say that Much fans have a serious case of Bieber fever. His new album, Believe, is set for release June 19, 2012.

Nelly Furtado
Since 2001, Victoria-born Nelly Furtado has racked up five MMVA’s, including Favourite Canadian Artist in 2002. Her multi-cultural sound has solidified Furtado as a Grammy-winning global phenomenon, thanks to the tremendous success of singles “I’m Like a Bird” and “Turn Off the Light.” Her second album, Folklore took Nelly’s musical expression to the next level, confirming her creative capacity with songs like “Powerless (Say What You Want)”, the ballad “Try”, or “Força”, which became the official anthem of the 2004 European Football Championship. From the 2006 release of Loose, came the chart topping single “Promiscuous” – an instant hit, earning her the #1 spot at the Billboard Hot 100. Nelly’s fourth album, Mi Plan, her first collection of pop songs in Spanish, pays tribute to the beauty and cultural diversity of this planet. Set for release on Sept. 18, 2012, Nelly’s forthcoming album, the musically eclectic The Spirit Indestructible, finds her working with an array of collaborators from across the musical spectrum. In total, Furtado has sold more than 16 million albums and 18 million singles worldwide. She has racked up many international honours, including 10 JUNO Awards, two Grammy Awards®, a BRIT Award, a Latin Grammy Award and a World Music Award.

Carly Rae Jepsen
Without a little bit of Curiosity, Vancouver-based musician and CANADIAN IDOL Season 5 contestant Carly Rae Jepsen would never have left her Mission, B.C. hometown for the life of a singer-songwriter. So far, her career has produced an acclaimed debut album (2008′s Tug of War), MuchMusic Video Award nominations, two gold-certified singles (“Bucket,” “Tug of War”) and — to top it all — two 2010 JUNO Award nominations for Best New Artist and Songwriter of the Year. Carly’s hit single, “Call Me Maybe”, which has over 61 million views on Vevo, is currently #1 on US iTunes charts and has been #1 in multiple other countries. It has also gone platinum in the US and 4x platinum in Canada and Australia. Carly has recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (introduced by Justin Bieber), Good Morning America, and The View. Carly has earned four nominations for the 2012 MMVAs, making her the third most nominated artist this year.

Marianas Trench
Formed in Vancouver in 2001, JUNO Award-nominated rock/pop band Marianas Trench is no stranger to the MMVA’s, lighting up the stage in both 2009 and 2010. With a whopping seven nominations for the 2012 MMVAs, the band is undoubtedly dominating this year’s awards show and for good reason. The band’s third studio album Ever After, a single 54 minute track, reached gold status in the first week of release resulting so far in two #1 music videos for “Haven’t Had Enough” and “Fallout” which have also surpassed platinum single sale status in Canada. From their impressive concept albums to explosive music videos, the guys in Marianas Trench never fail to impress their fans.

The coveted wristbands for the 2012 MMVAs will be given away on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. ET, during NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. at MuchMusic HQ in Toronto. Stay tuned to Much, muchmusic.com, and follow @muchmusic for more details.

For those who aren’t in Toronto, MuchMusic has it covered. Joining forces with several media partners MuchMusic is offering wristband giveaways for fans across the country, including the following stations:

Toronto – 104.5 CHUM FM
Toronto – Flow 93.5
Toronto – Virgin 99.9
Vancouver – The Beat 94.5
Victoria – Kool FM 107.3
Montreal – Virgin 96
Montreal – NRJ
Halifax – Bounce 101.3
Halifax – C100
Kingston – Fly 98.3
Kitchener – Kool FM 105.3
Peterborough – Energy 99.7
Hamilton – K-Lite FM

For the third year in a row, the MMVAs are simulcast live in the U.S. on Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company.

Follow the countdown to the MMVAs on muchmusic.com or on Twitter @MuchMusic to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, the chance to win big prizes, and how to vote in the all-important UR FAVE categories.

Fans can get involved behind the scenes by helping pick the winner in each UR FAVE category. The full list of UR Fave Finalists can be found here. Fans can vote for their faves at mmva.muchmusic.com/vote/.

Fans can also win multiple MMVA trips and experiences from hanging out on the red carpet, to the ultimate VIP MMVA weekend. Go to mmva.muchmusic.com/contests to enter.

Official sponsors of the 2012 MMVAs include: Coca-Cola Canada Ltd., Get a Load of Milk™, Procter & Gamble, BlackBerry®, SUBWAY® Restaurants, Virgin Mobile Canada™, JUST DANCE®, and H&M, designer of the official MMVAs wristband.

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Follow Carly Rae Jepsen on Twitter: @carlyraejepsen
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Follow Marianas Trench on Twitter: @mtrench
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Follow Katy Perry on Twitter: @katyperry

About the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
MuchMusic gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. The show airs live on Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET with a star-packed Red Carpet special beforehand. Past MMVAS performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Drake, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Down With Webster, The Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Hedley, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Nina Dobrev, Paris Hilton, Pauly D, Snooki, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West, Taylor Lautner, Brody Jenner, Ashley Greene Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Colin Farrell, The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Selena Gomez and many more. At the MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at muchmusic.com or Twitter @MuchMusic for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.

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