Lady Gaga to kick off MTV Video Music Awards

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 17:44 PM IST

Washington: It’s official. Lady Gaga will kick off the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards later this month.

The 25-year-old singer announced she will be opening the show at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on August 28, after getting her little monsters to unfurl a banner reading ‘Gaga to open VMAs!!’ outside the MTV studios in New York’s Times Square on Thursday.

Gaga then premiered the video for her new single ‘You and I’ in the busy central square, which sees her hanging out with her crew, drinking and dancing, with the clips mixed with her performing a slowed-down version of ‘You and I’ while topless.

“I really wanted it to be real, and I knew that MTV wanted it to be a true documentation of my life, and as someone that lives halfway between reality and fantasy, so do all my friends,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling MTV News.

“So I felt it would be an injustice to not sort of honour them in this short film that we did,” she added.

Gaga is also expected to join a number of artists in a musical tribute to Britney Spears.

ANI