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Madonna to headline MTV ceremony
Abba's Gimme Gimme Gimme is sampled on Madonna's Hung Up
Pop star Madonna is to headline the MTV Europe Music Awards in Portugal on Thursday night.

The 47-year-old singer will perform Hung Up, from her disco-inspired album Confessions on a Dancefloor.

"It is so hot for us to have Madonna," said Brent Hansen of MTV Networks, adding that a performance by Gorillaz was another highlight of the show.

Gorillaz and Coldplay are leading the nominees with places in five categories each, including best group.

Rock acts

Singer-songwriter James Blunt has three nominations, as do Irish rock veterans U2.

Robbie Williams, who recently released his album Intensive Care, will also perform at the ceremony in Lisbon, along with Coldplay, hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas and punk-pop icons Green Day.

Coldplay's Chris Martin
Coldplay said the band were "delighted" to be shortlisted.

Gorillaz - the cartoon band created by Blur's Damon Albarn - will use hologram-style technology to beam three-dimensional performing cartoon characters on stage.

Mr Hansen added: "We have a very strong line-up this year and we've been able to bring in a much wider variety of rock acts than we've been able to do in the recent past.

"The market has been dominated by R'n'B and hip hop in the last few years.

"For us, this show states each year our belief in live performance and our ability to do something different from other people."

Gwen Stefani has four nominations for best female, best pop act, best album for Love, Angel, Music, Baby, and best video for What You Waiting For?

Gwen Stefani at MTV Europe Music Awards 2004
Gwen Stefani is the leading US nominee

As well as best group, Coldplay are in the running for the for best rock act, best song for Speed Of Sound, best album for X&Y, and best UK and Ireland act.

Gorillaz add best song, best video for Feel Good Inc, best pop act, and best UK and Ireland act to their nod for best group.

U2 are also up for best group, best rock act, and best album for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

Hip-hop artist 50 Cent has nominations for best male, best hip-hop act and best album for The Massacre and US rockers Green Day earned nominations in the best group, best rock and best album for their chart-topping latest album American Idiot.

For the first time, the awards will include a category for best African act, with 2 Face, Kaysha, Kleptomaniax, 02 and Zamajobe in the running.

The ceremony, to be held at the Portuguese capital's Atlantic Pavilion, will be hosted by Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen playing his Kazakhstani alter ego Borat Sagdiyev.

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