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Spears, Lopez Join MTV Kudos

MTV has signed up thrushes Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez to perform at the 18th annual Video Music Awards, scheduled for Sept. 6 in Gotham.

Rapper Ja Rule and rock band Staind have also been brought on board, the cable channel revealed Wednesday, bringing this year’s VMA performers tally to eight. ‘N Sync, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and U2 were previously announced as part of the entertainment lineup.

Spears, who made waves during last year’s kudocast with her bare-it-all rendition of “Oops!… I Did It Again,” will, for the first time, perform “I’m a Slave 4 U,” the first single off her upcoming third album, which hits stores in November.

Jamie Foxx will host the show, to be broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.

Presenters will include Aaliyah, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Macy Gray, Will Ferrell, Jewel, Nelly, Shaquille O’Neal, Shakira, Christopher Walken and Mark Wahlberg.

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