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Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining MTV Europe Music Awards

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees will perform at awards show in Belfast

October 6, 2011 9:55 AM ET
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform in London.
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to headline this year's MTV's Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Performances for the awards show will take place on three stages across the city, inlcuding the Odyssey Arena, with Selena Gomez hosting. The show will take place on November 6th. 

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Recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Chili Peppers are up for EMAs in two categories. Lady Gaga leads all artists for the 2011 MTV EMAs with six nominations, with Bruno Mars and Katy Perry each earning four. Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds to Mars have all been nominated in three categories. 

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