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USHER, KANYE WEST, HOOBASTANK, YELLOWCARD, JET, & JESSICA SIMPSON SET TO PERFORM AT THE "2004 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS"

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Bangkok--Aug 3--MTV

MTV: Music Television today announced that mega-chart toppers Usher, Kanye West, and Jessica Simpson will all perform at the "2004 MTV Video Music Awards."   Hoobastank, Yellowcard, & Jet will also team up for a super-sized rock performance set to happen at The American Airlines Arena on August 29 in Miami, Florida.   This is the first in a rapidly growing list of performers and celebrity guests to be announced for the star-studded event.   Each is also nominated for a 2004 VMA.

"We've brought in the heavy hitters," said Van Toffler, President, MTV & MTV2.   "These artists put on incredible live shows, which combined with the heat of Miami, some surprise collaborations, and a stage like no other seen on television will make for an unforgettable night."

The diverse line-up of performers appearing at this year's show has each achieved recognizable success among music fans and the MTV audience.   Usher's fourth and most recent album CONFESSIONS debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts, setting an astonishing seven Soundscan sales records and selling 1.1 million albums the first week.   Usher has also had considerable success on MTV with his video "Burn," which is nominated for Best R&B Video, and his video "Yeah" featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris which is nominated for four awards including nods for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Dance Video and Best Choreography.   Kanye West has also achieved tremendous success on MTV with his video "All Falls Down" which is nominated for four moonmen this year including Breakthrough Video, Best New Artist In A Video, Best Hip Hop Video and Best Male Video.   The single and video are off of Kanye's debut album College Drop Out which has received critical acclaim and earned Kanye new fans around the globe.

Bringing together a powerful contingent of rock from around the globe, Hoobastank, Yellowcard and Jet will perform a medley at this year's show.   Hoobastank has achieved widespread success with their latest album The Reason.   Their video for the title track has been nominated for Best Rock Video and Best Group Video at this year's show.   Yellowcard will be making their VMA debut at the 2004 show as performers as well as nominees for their video "Ocean Avenue" which is represented in the Best New Artists In A Video and the MTV2 Award categories.   Finally, representing the Australian garage band scene, Jet will also be making their VMA debut.   Off the heels of their acclaimed debut album Get Born, Jet has discovered fans worldwide and is nominated for three moonmen for their video "Are You Going To Be My Girl" including Best Editing In A Video, Best New Artist In A Video, and Best Rock Video.

Jessica Simpson is currently on tour supporting her multi-platinum album, "In This Skin," which reached the #2 spot on Billboard 200 selling over two million copies.   Her huge hit single "With You" topped the charts at #1 and is nominated for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video.   Jessica, along with husband Nick Lachey, is currently starring in the popular MTV reality series, "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica."

Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
For complete information on these performers, along with all the 2004 MTV VMA news, nominees, information and more visit www.MTV.com.

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the "2004 MTV Video Music Awards."   Alex Coletti is Co-Executive Producer.   Michael Dempsey is Producer and Summer Strauch is Co-Producer.   Louis J. Horvitz is the Director.

The "2004 MTV Video Music Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of over 1 billion people via MTV's 42 channels reaching 407.5 million households around the world as well as through syndication, and its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire online nation, via MTV's 34 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsor of the "2004 MTV Video Music Awards" in Asia is Hewlett Packard. The show will be made available on MTV channels across the region in September 2004. Programming details in Asia will be provided at a later time.

About MTV Networks Asia Pacific

MTV is the world's largest television network and the leading multimedia brand for youth. It is also Asia's Most Wanted Music Channel in Asia Pacific (PAX 2003), viewed by more young adults than any other music channel. In 2003, MTV was named   'World's Most Valuable Media Brand' for the fourth consecutive year, ranking in the top 50 of The World's Most Valuable Brands overall (research   by Interbrand in cooperation with BusinessWeek). MTV Networks Asia Pacific operates ten 24-hour programming services - MTV Australia, MTV China, MTV India, MTV Indonesia, MTV Japan, MTV Korea, MTV Mandarin, MTV Philippines, MTV Southeast Asia and MTV Thailand. Including programming blocks in various parts of Asia, MTV has a combined distribution of more than 180 million homes. MTV Networks International reaches more than 400 million households in 166 territories.

About Hewlett Packard

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2004, HP revenue totaled $76.8 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

For further information:
Jessica Kam
Vice President, Network Communications
MTV Asia (Hong Kong/Singapore)
P: 852-2313-8023 / 65-420-7131(direct)P: 852-2312-0555 / 65-221-8166 (switch)
F: 852-2312-0066 / 65-221-6016Email: kamj@mtv-asia.com
Heng Yee Shan
Director, Network Communications
MTV Networks AsiaP: 65-6420-7280 (direct)
P: 65-6221-8166 (switch)
F: 65-6221-6016Email: heng.yeeshan@mtv-asia.com
Websites: www.mtvasia.com, www.mtvchinese.com, www.mtv-china.com, www.mtvindia.com, www.mtvjapan.com, www.mtvkorea.co.kr, www.mtvthailand.com   End.
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