STAGE TUBE: Katy Perry Talks 'Anita' For MTV's 'WEST SIDE STORY' Video Shoot

MTV is promoting the upcoming Video Music Awards with a series of West Side Story-themed ads. In the ads, the hottest young singers share their own special version of the song "Tonight" from the award-winning musical. Cobra Starship and Taylor Swift did their renditions of West Side Story's "Tonight," sultry songstress KaTy Perry is up next.

Her VMA promo debuts next week, but until then, MTV has a behind-the-scenes interview of Perry on the set of her "Tonight" shoot. She talks about how she can relate to playing the character of Anita (because "Anita is hotter, cooler and sluttier") and how she purposefully peeled the banana on her outfit from last year's VMA performance in a "seductive" way.

Press notes exclaim that "After a number of years out wandering around the country, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming home to New York! Mark your calendars, because the retaking of Manhattan will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2009, and mark these words: this city will never be the same again. Call it a takeover, if you will, because the 2009 VMAs will have performances staged all over Manhattan including in the storied Radio City Music Hall where we popped our Moonman cherry way back in 1984. After that one, we were surprised they'd have us back, but they did. So did New York City. In fact, 2009 will mark the 14th time that Gotham will serve as the backdrop for the VMAs."

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