News: Alicia Keys & Jay-Z Join Forces, Billed To Perform Together At VMAs 2009

Monday, Sep 7, 2009 8:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has been added to this year's MTV Video Music Awards 2009 performance list and slated to hit the stage alongside Jay-Z.

The duo will reportedly perform their "Empire State of Mind" collaboration.

"Disregard my last tweet. Alicia Keys will not be performing her new single at the VMA's. She will be performing with Jay-Z at the VMA's. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be preforming together at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009." (Alicia Keys Media Twitter)

Jay-Z was initially chosen to headline MTV's Video Music Awards 2009 ceremony next weekend.

Jay-Z and Lady Gaga have been booked to perform at the VMAs, joining an already impressive list that includes Taylor Swift, Green Day, Pink and Muse. Jay -- whose gnarly "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" is up for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Male Video -- will perform a song from his hotly anticipated The Blueprint 3 album, due September 11. The glittery Gaga -- who, along with Beyonce, leads everyone with nine VMA nods -- will perform a single from her breakthrough The Fame album. (MTV)

The rapper will also compete against stiff mainstream emcees in the "Best Hip-Hop Video" category at the ceremony.

MTV's Video Music Awards "Best Hip-Hop Video" nominees: Eminem's "We Made You," Kanye West's "Love Lockdown," Jay-Z's "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)," Asher Roth's "I Love College" and Flo Rida's "Right Round." (Press Release)

This year's showcase will be hosted once again by comedian Russell Brand.

Russell Brand is returning to host the 26th annual MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Last year, the combination of the relatively unknown British comedian with the seemingly never overexposed Britney Spears paid off for MTV as the VMAs pulled in record numbers for the network. (Los Angeles Times)

Check out Jay-Z & Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" below:

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