The Jonas Brothers had better polish up their promise rings — MTV announced this morning that controversial Brititsh comedian Russell Brand will be returning to host this year’s Video Music Awards.

“This year will be a controversy free festival of love and discreet orgasms,” said Brand, who notoriously poked fun at young stars like the Jonases and their squeaky clean reputations.

Significantly less controversial but equally newsworthy is the announcement that Taylor Swift will mark her first VMA performance by singing a previously unheard version of “You Belong With Me.”

“I’m so excited that MTV and the VMAs have invited me to perform,” said Taylor in a statement. “Because I think this year’s show will be unlike anything they’ve ever done! I love incorporating theatrics into my performances, and the VMAs have always allowed artists to run with that. MTV has been so good to me, and I could not be more excited about this year’s VMAs!”

This year, the awards are moving back to their NYC origins and the night will feature performances being broadcast from all over Manhattan, including Radio City Music Hall. Let’s just hope it’s better than the 2007 VMAs from Vegas, which had artists performing all over a Sin City resort, to pretty blah effect.

Find out for yourself on Sunday, September 13!

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