Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the first performers confirmed for the 25th annual Much Music Video Awards.
According to a press release, the two will be part of the live show set for downtown Toronto on June 15 and are both nominated for fan choice awards for Your Fave International Artist/Group of the year along with Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. Fans can also nominate one of five "Wildcard Choices": One Direction, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Pharrell Williams.
"We are thrilled to welcome first-time performers Imagine Dragons and Lorde to the MMVAs this year," MMVAs executive producer Sheila Sullivan said. "As two of the hottest performers in the world right now, who have both made such an incredible impact on music in such a short time, their electrifying energy and unique appeal are a perfect fit for this year's 25th anniversary show."
Other nominees in the fan choice area were announced, including Your Fave Video of the Year. Drake ("Worst Behavior"), Arcade Fire ("Reflektor"), SonReal ("Everywhere We Go") and Hedley ("Anything") are nominated in this category. Five "Wildcard Choices" include City and Colour ("Thirst"), Fefe Dobson ("Legacy"), Autoerotique ("Asphyxiation"), Serena Ryder ("What I Wouldn't Do") and The Weeknd featuring Drake ("Live For").
Finally, Your Fave Artist/Group of the Year includes nominees Drake, Hedley, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber. The "Wildcard Choices" include Arcade Fire, Classified, Sara and Tegan, Avril Lavigne and Down With Webster. Fans can vote online at the show's site or vote for through mobile device.
Voting closes on May 19 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. A full lineup of nominees will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The MMVAs have featured many performers over the years including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
BEST: Lady Gaga's Exploding Boobs (2009)
In 2009, Lady Gaga was still trying to solidify her place as a top tier pop star and her MMVA appearance provided some fiery ammunition. During a medley of "LoveGame" and "Poker Face" her boobs — well, technically her bra — exploded, showering the stage with sparks. Said Gaga sagely afterwards, "My new name is Hot Tits."
BEST: Arcade Fire March Into TV History (2005)
At the time Arcade Fire were right on the verge of becoming the sort of super-huge rock band who has Thanksgiving dinners with Bono and get to make their all their own rules. This rendition of "Rebellion (Lies)," the band's first-ever North American live television performance, featured an undead marching band coming to life mid-song. Shortly after this the band swore off award show appearances for years.
BEST: Shakira's Butt Shake (2002)
Long before twerking and Major Lazer's "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-Iylktawc" target="_blank">Bubble Butt</a>" defined rump-shaking, Colombian singing star Shakira treated Canada to a display of ass-wiggling that bordered on the hypnotic while performing "Whenever Wherever." Her hips, as in turns out, don't lie.
BEST: Beastie Boys Make Everyone Crazy (2004)
When the Beastie Boys (RIP MCA FOREVER) descended on the Much building it quite literally made a whole city block go bonkers. Things were even nutty in the VIP tent where we watched Sam Roberts — at the time one of the most popular rockers in Canada — try to jump a barricade and get closer to the stage, but the security guards grabbed him and wouldn't let him.
BEST: New Kids On The Block Comeback (2008)
After being broken up for 12 years, pioneering boy band NKOTB chose the MMVAs to make their big televised return. They played a medley of hits and made all the exhausted chaperon moms in the audience momentarily very excited.
WORST: All Novelty Red Carpet Arrivals (Every Year)
One of the MMVAs big cliches is for bands to arrive on the red carpet in some sort of silly manner. There have been tanks, ice cream trucks, school buses... it's all very sad. Here's Marianas Trench overcompensating as they show up with a full marching band, gymnasts and cheerleaders in 2009.
WORST: Girlicious' Pop Culture Blip (2008)
Looking back on my concert notes, I wrote "Who are these tiny tramps?" when I saw them surrounded by security in the VIP area. Still not sure.
WORST: The Midway State's Inexplicable Success (2009)
One of the MuchMusic empire's big things is to pick an act and steadfastly champion them. It's a noble notion. And sometimes it helps foster legacy artists like Matthew Good, but other times it means The Midway State win things. The band, seen here in this promo clip getting an award from Drake, have won as many MMVAs in the last decade as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Sam Roberts.
WORST: Lenny Kravitz Needed A Cookie (2000)
It was bad enough that Lenny Kravitz inflicted the world with his version of "American Woman," the least necessary, most overrated cover song ever. But the ignominy of making The Guess Who all-but-invisible side-players on their own song is an unforgivable slap in the face. I also have it on good authority Kravitz refused to leave his dressing room that night until someone brought him cookies. Ass.
WORST: She Hates Puddle Of Mudd (2002)
I once watched Puddle Of Mudd lead singer Wes Scantlin stand outside a woman's washroom at an MMVA after-party and try to hit on every woman who had just emerged from having a pee. It was... undignified.
Psy In the Press Room
Psy spent at least half his Q&A time answering a Korean interviewer's question in Korean, and while we have no idea what he said it sounded pretty good.
"How many MMVAs have YOU won?" responded singer Josh Ramsey to a press conference question.
Down With Webster
Members of Down with Webster chat with reporters at the #MMVA press room on June 16, 2013.
Oppa Hosting Style
South Korean pop performer, PSY, takes to the stage at the MMVA opening in Toronto on June 16, 2013.
Behind The Scenes At The MMVA
Ed Sheeran takes a smoke break at the MMVA on June 16, 2013.
Serena Ryder performing 'Stompa' from a producers-eye view.
VIPs, They're Just Like Us
Most of the party guests watched the show on TV
Hundreds of fans gather outside the MuchMusic building in Toronto for the 2013 MMVAs on June 16, 2013.
Everybody's Got To Eat
Toronto hip-hop icon Kardinal Offishall fuels up during the MMVA pre-party on June 16, 2013.
Quebec's Karl Wolf gets comfy at the MMVA pre-party on June 16, 2013.
Members of Billy Talent hanging on the #MMVA balcony before the show kicked off.
The Main Stage
The C.N. Tower peaks behind the MMVA main stage in Toronto on Sunday June 16, 2013.
Seriously, No Smoking!
Before the chaos
Behind The Scenes
2013 MMVA Red Carpet
Avril Lavigne And Chad Kroeger
Canada's First Couple Of Music went a big predictable in matching black outfits: Avril wore a sexy knee-length dress with a layered detail on her hip while Chad rocked a leather jacket and jeans. But Avril had the best accessory of the night: A spiked headdress! She really is a Punk Princess.
Chad Kroeger And Avril Lavigne
She's a good girl gone bad in a sexy body-skimming black and white number and strappy heels.
Well helloooo legs! The newly blond singer takes a risk in a very mini black dress. (Let's hope a slight wind doesn't cause a wardrobe malfunction!)
The former "Smallville" and "V" star proves that white is the new black in a hot thigh-skimming dress with sheer panels.
The Canadian "Arrow" star is handsome in a navy suit and classic striped tie. We love his vintage-looking shoes!
We love the Irish pop duo's fab (if a bit cheesy) style. Faux tuxes and Chucks? Yes please!
The "Glee" star turns up the sex appeal in a revealing LBD that not only shows off her chest but her undies too!
Don't forget, this is still all happening in someone's office!
The Canadian "Pretty Little Liars" star vamps it up in a hot crop-top and matching skirt. Those gold capped shoes belong in our closets.
The "Africa" singer goes Full Metal Jacket in combat boots, camouflage pants and a leather jacket. (Don't forget the Gucci belt!)
The "Pretty Little Liars" star goes short and sweet in a bell-shaped mini and plum shoes. So cute!
The "Pitch Perfect" star hits the right note in a sexy but sweet sheer polka dot dress and pink clutch.
The Juno-award winning singer wears some much needed colour on the MMVA red carpet. A bold print maxi dress is the perfect outfit for a fun night.
We're not sure why the singer wore a ripped-up skirt but it works with those sexy leather sandal-boots.
The Juno-award winning Canadian songstress is sophisticated in a sexy LBD with a sheer cut-put and that infamous messy 'do.
The singer goes for a classic tanned blazer and hot black button-up and matching pants. Gotta love this wavy hair!
Loving the hair and the muscle shirt but we're on the fence on that jean vest.
The rock band channels their inner mermaid. (Don't they look great with boobs?)
"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips goes dapper in tartan and a sleek blazer.
Down With Webster
Down With Webster looking supa dupa fly complete with afros, hipster glasses and large chains.
Our favourite Ginger supports the Toronto Blue Jays!
The rockers look too cool for school in coordinating blue outfits.
Kardinal Offishall is straight up dope with the white sunnies, blue button-up and fun beaded necklace. But what's with the asymmetrical hair?