Attracting the biggest names in music, film and more, MTV: Music Television today revealed performers and presenters of Hollywood's highly anticipated blockbuster, the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Taking the stage to debut new music and deliver eagerly awaited live performances are Christina Aguilera and punk rockers, AFI. In other news, Kate Beckinsale, Jamie Foxx, Owen Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Matt Dillon, Will Ferrell, T.I., Kate Hudson, Ludacris, Rebecca Romijn, Kate Bosworth, Famke Janssen, John C. Reilly and Brandon Routh are the first to be announced in the growing list of stars presenting at this year's ceremony, which promises to be more than an award show, but a movie unto itself. Hosted by Jessica Alba, the 2006 MTV Movie Awards will film June 3rd at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA, and premiere to audiences nationwide on Thursday, June 8th at 9pm ET/PT on MTV.
"Looking at our line-up, stars from practically every big summer movie will be at our show. In fact, we may have to come up with more awards just to fit them all in," said Joel Gallen, Executive Producer and Director. "I'm also excited about Christina and AFI -- both amazing artists who will be performing their new hits for the first time anywhere on the Movie Awards."
In her eagerly anticipated return to MTV after the release of her wildly successful album "Stripped" in 2002, Christina Aguilera takes to the spotlight at the MTV Movie Awards to perform and debut music from her awaited new album, "Back To Basics." A Movie Awards veteran, Christina Aguilera last performed at the ceremony in 2001 when she was joined on stage by Lil' Kim, Pink, and Mya for a heart stopping performance of "Lady Marmalade" from Moulin Rouge.
On the heels of releasing their new album "Decemberunderground" on June 6th, AFI will perform the popular debut single, "Miss Murder" for the first time on television at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Formed in 1991 in Ukiah, California, AFI's unique amalgam of punk energy and classic glam theatrics exploded worldwide with 2003's platinum-plus "Sing The Sorrow" which earned them acclaim from fans and critics alike including "MTV2 Award" honors at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards for the video "Girl's Not Grey."
Up for starring roles at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards are the The 40 Year Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers, each receiving five nominations. Also vying for the spotlight are Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hustle & Flow, Sin City and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith with three nominations each. MTV will also celebrate the all new categories of "Best Hero," "Sexiest Performance" and the "mtvU Student Filmmaker Award" for the first time ever. Fans can vote for the entire nominated cast of the 2006 MTV Movie Awards by visiting http://movieawards.mtv.com before May 19th. Fans can also vote from their mobile phone by texting "MOVIEAWARDS" to 91757 to receive a ballot. Voting is also available by dialing toll free to 1-877-MTV-VOTE where fans can support their favorite nominees with a different category available for voting each day.
For complete information on the 2006 MTV Movie Awards including details on all the performers and presenters, host Jessica Alba, and to vote and watch performances from this year's nominees, visit http://movieawards.mtv.com.
The 2006 MTV Movie Awards will be seen in 171 countries/territories via 50 music programming services, and in 23 languages in more than 479.5 million households.