Jared Leto To Host MTV ASIA AWARDS

MTV Networks Asia's flagship show - MTV Asia Awards (MAA) 2008 is all set to take over the Malaysian music scene! The highly anticipated pan-regional music event is back for the sixth year running, bringing music excitement to all music fans in over nine countries in Asia. For the first time, the Awards show that celebrates and pays tribute to regional and international music talents will be held at the Arena of Stars in Genting- City of Entertainment, Malaysia on August 2, 2008 and will be hosted by Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars. The MAA 2008 will be broadcasted to over 291 million homes across the region. Regular updates will be available at the official website at www.mtvasiaawards.com. Portions of the programming will be carried on MTV channels worldwide, reaching more than a billion viewers across 162 countries.
This year's host Jared Leto is an accomplished singer and actor. In 1998, Jared Leto formed the band 30 Seconds to Mars in which he is the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band had spent most of the last four years touring the world and their second album A Beautiful Lie was certified platinum by Recording Industry Association of America in 2006. Since then, the band has picked up the MTV2 Award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards for the music video, "The Kill," as well as bringing home the Best Rock Video and Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards. Leto also garnered critical acclaims for his role in the movie Requiem For A Dream, after which he went on to work with David Fincher on Fight Club and Panic Room.

"It's an honor to be a part of what I'm sure will be an exciting and unforgettable night in a magical and beautiful country," says Leto. "MTV has been an important home for 30 Seconds to Mars throughout our worldwide journey. I am very proud to join everyone in such a unique and gorgeous location like Malaysia. It is going to be a crazy and wonderful night."


The glamorous music affair will be witnessed by thousands of screaming fans and millions of home viewers across the region, reinvigorating their passion for music. MTV will be presenting a total of 16 awards during the show to honor and promote the icons of youth culture and music. There will be nine regional favorite artist awards and seven international awards which include exciting additions such as The Video Star Award, Breakthrough Artist, The Innovation Award, Best Hook-Up, Bring Da House Down Award and edc Style Award.

Be prepared to be knocked out by the spanking new refreshing format of the Awards. With live music at the center stage, expect nothing but a whole night of exciting performances. The highlight is on pure music entertainment with five sets of live acts in the evening, each performing sets of two to three songs. In a nutshell, "M" is back and better!

To foster interaction with the audience, MAA 2008 is going multi-platform to allow fans to call the shots on the 10 voting categories come June 14. A novel dimension to the Awards is the "So You Wanna Be A Presenter" contest where local viewers submit their coolest and quirkiest video at www.mtvasiaawards.com for the chance to present the nominees in the awards show. The winner will get an exclusive VIP treatment in the show and may even rub shoulders with his/her favorite celebrities!

The latest updates, news and contests for MAA 2008 can be found at the official website at www.mtvasiaawards.com and WAP site at wap.mtvasia.com/maa from June 14 onwards.


Favourite Music Artist Awards from Asia
Favourite Artist Mainland China
Favourite Artist Hong Kong
Favourite Artist Indonesia
Favourite Artist Korea
Favourite Artist Malaysia
Favourite Artist Philippines
Favourite Artist Singapore
Favourite Artist Taiwan
Favourite Artist Thailand

Favourite International Artist Awards in Asia
Video Star
Breakthrough Artist
The Innovation Award
Best Hook-Up
Bring Da House Down
edc Style Award

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