2011 VMAs: Chris Brown, Adele, and Lil Wayne announced as performers

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards have just announced their first batch of performers, and appropriately all three of them have been some of the biggest stars of the year thus far.

First, we have Chris Brown. Despite the fact that he is one of the most controversial musicians in the industry, he maintains a diehard support group and ended up being the big winner at the BET Awards earlier in the year. This will also not be the first time that he has graced the VMA stage, having done so previously in 2007.

Meanwhile, this will be one of the first opportunities for many Americans to see Adele perform on live television. The British singer not only has seven nominations, but her sophomore album “21” is the top-selling release of the year so far. (So far in the States, her breakout hit is “Rolling in the Deep.”)

Finally, we turn to Lil Wayne — who is there largely for promotional purposes. The VMAs are airing just one day before the release of “The Carter IV,” which marks his return to traditional hip-hop music.

What do you think of these first three performers? The show will air on Sunday, August 28.

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