MuchMusic slates Duff, Lavigne, Fergie


TORONTO -- Avril Lavigne, Fergie and Hilary Duff will topline next month's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, organizers said Wednesday.

Also performing at the June 17 show will be Alexisonfire, Belly, the Used, Finger Eleven and Maroon5.

Canadian rockers Nickelback and Billy Talent lead the field for Canada's music video awards with five nominations each. Other contenders include Belly and k-os with four nominations each, with Alexisonfire, Feist, Finger Eleven and Tokyo Police Club also up for hardware.

Fergie, who last performed at the MuchMusic Video Awards in 2005 with Black Eyed Peas, will face off against Duff for audience awards in the best international artist and best international video artist categories.

The 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards were seen by about 100 million viewers in 65 territories, according to Chum Television, which stages and airs the kudofest on MuchMusic in Canada.
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