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50 Cent, Coldplay to Play VMAs

P. Diddy, Ludacris to serve as presenters

August 7, 2003 12:00 AM ET

50 Cent and Christina Aguilera have both added an extra date to busy summer tour schedules -- a stop in New York for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Good Charlotte and Coldplay are also set to perform at the August 28th awards show.

50 may be appearing on the Radio City Music Hall stage more than once that evening -- he is up for five awards, including Video of the Year for "In da Club." Coldplay and Good Charlotte received three nominations each for "The Scientist" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." Missy Elliott garnered the most nominations -- eight -- for "Work It," trumping Justin Timberlake's seven for "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body."

Presenting the awards will be an assortment of music, television and sport celebrities, including P. Diddy, Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson and Tony Hawk. Also slated to present are Ludacris, Hilary Duff, Jackass's Bam Margera, Redman, Evanescence, David Spade, Snoop Dogg, hoops star LeBron James and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Comedian Chris Rock will be making his third appearance as host the evening's ceremonies. MTV will broadcast the annual event, now in its twentieth year, live at 8 p.m (ET).

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