Kanye, Ludacris & Others Team Up For Christmas With MTV

Kanye West, Rev.

Run, Young Jeezy, and Common will be joining Shakira, Fall Out Boy, All-American

Rejects, and Adam Levine to ring in the New Year with MTV.

“For years,

New Year’s Eve on MTV has always meant showcasing the best new music for

our viewers,” said Dave Sirulnick, Executive VP, MTV News and Production.

“2005 is no different. With amazing performances by some of the biggest

artists from the past year, we will feature wall-to-wall music straight through

to 2006.”

The show will be

hosted by the MTV VJs Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo, Quddus Phillippe, LA La

Vasquez, and Susie Castillio. The sponsors

for the show are Warner Bros. Pictures, GM (Pontiac) and Skechers.

Multi-platinum

rapper/actor Ludacris will also be joining in on the festivities.

The MTV crew followed

Ludacris to Mississippi, where he surprised some high school students devastated

by Hurricane Katrina with some early Christmas gifts.

A gift of $57,000

worth of band equipment was donated to the school from the Mr. Holland’s

Opus Foundation and the Grammy Foundation, MTV donated $10,000 for much needed

school supplies that were lost during the hurricane and $10,000 in scholarships

came from The Ludacris Foundation.

“MTV’s

New Year of Music” airs on December 31, 2005 at 10:30pm ET, live from

Times Square.

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