British Comedian Russell Brand to Reprise Host Role for MTV Awards

Published July 14, 2009

| Associated Press

MTV liked Russell Brand so much, they called him back for more.

The British comedian-actor -- known for his deadpan, off-kilter humor -- will host the Video Music Awards for the second year in a row, MTV announced Tuesday.

Brand, 34, says he feels "invigorated" to return as master of ceremonies for the live event, which will be held in New York on Sept. 13.

"It's very bracing, like stepping into a warm -- no, a cool -- powerful ocean," he said, poetically.

Brand, whose film roles include a scene-stealing role as a rock star in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," famously mocked the Jonas Brothers' purity rings at last year's show in Los Angeles.

"I'm gonna personally invite them because I love those boys," he quipped, noting "there will be some controversy" this time around.

The telecast will be staged at different venues, including Radio City Music Hall, where the VMAs were broadcast in 2006. MTV said country superstar Taylor Swift will perform; the nominees and other performers will be announced later.

"There's gonna be huge performances all over New York City," Brand said. "On Brooklyn Bridge, there will be a performance. You know that spike on top of the Empire State Building? Someone is gonna perform on top of that. ... Its gonna be mind-blowing ... get ready. I don't know if you're wearing a hat, but if you are, you should hold on to it."

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