Music takes center stage at MTV Movie Awards

Tue May 29, 2012 6:02am EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - There will be a new star at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, and it's name is music.

Electronic dance music will take center stage at the show that organizers promise will feature more melodies than ever and spotlight how songs and film work together to enhance the movie going experience.

French DJ Martin Solveig, best known for his 2011 international dance hit "Hello," will spin mash-ups of music from movies throughout the show, including scores from "Jaws," "Star Wars" and "Pulp Fiction."

"I am both a movie freak and a guy who enjoys mixing music and image to give his videos a cinematographic feel," Solveig said in a statement. "It's only natural that I jumped at the chance of performing at the MTV Movie Awards."

Rockers The Black Keys are scheduled to perform, as are fun. and hip-hop singer Wiz Khalifa.

The MTV Movie Awards, which is among the cable TV channel's most-watched programs annually, get underway on Sunday, June 3, with British comedian Russell Brand as the host.

The program is known for showcasing Hollywood summer blockbusters and being irreverent and lighthearted with "honors" given in categories such as best on-screen dirtbag.

This year, fantasy "The Hunger Games" and comedy "Bridesmaids" will battle for the most awards as each landed eight nominations.   Continued...