Britney Spears To Open MTV's VMAs In Non-Performance Role

September 4, 2008 9:20 AM ET

Will she or won't she appear on stage? That's been the question that's dogged Britney Spears ever since the pop princess was nominated at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, scheduled to air live this Sunday, September 7th. While Spears' reps have outright stated the singer won't perform at the event, it was announced last night that she will kick off the awards show in what is being called "an opening not to be missed." "MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs? I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated," Spears said in a statement. Spears is up for three major awards at the VMAs, including Video of the Year for "Piece of Me." "Britney has done everything from perform with a snake, lock lips with Madonna and prove that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas," MTV president Van Toffler added.

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