Russell Brand by John Shearer/ WireImage.com Russell Brand by John Shearer/ WireImage.com

First they take over the lead in every new drama series, and now they're barging in on Jack Black's turf. British comedian Russell Brand, who made his mark Stateside as Kristen Bell's Eurotrash rocker-beau in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (and wowed the late-night crowd with a recent Conan O'Brien visit), has been tapped by MTV to host the 2008 Video Music Awards. This year's kudoscast will air live from the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on Sept. 7.

Fans can log onto VMA.MTV.com to vote in several categories. - Matt Mitovich

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