Lady Gaga will open the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards next Sunday night, August 28.

The singer made the announcement during an appearance on MTV Thursday night in which she debuted her new video, ‘You & I.’  Actually, her fans, known as “Little Monsters,” made the announcement for her — a crowd of fans packed New York’s Times Square and unfurled a banner proclaiming that Gaga would open the awards show. Gaga is up for several VMAs, including Best Female Video for her ‘Born This Way’ clip.

The Moonmen will be handed out at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and the show airs at 9 p.m. ET.

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