HOLLYWOOD – Heartthrob James Van Der Beek will be the host of Logo’s fourth annual NewNowNext Awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, April 10, on the network.
The ceremony will be taped on Thursday, April 7, at the legendary Avalon in Hollywood in front of a live audience.
Robyn, Panic! At The Disco, Oh Land and Wynter Gordon will be among those who will perform during the show.
A.J. McLean, Sara Rue, Niecy Nash, Natalia Kills and Lisa Lampanelli will be among the presenters.
Special appearances will be made by Lady Gaga and Joe Manganiello ("True Blood").
Van Der Beek exemplifies how a "NewNowNext" actor emerged to become a pop culture mainstay and household name. From his recent appearance in Ke$ha's "Blow" video (below) to his extensive career in television, film and theater, Van Der Beek earns his rightful place to recognize the up-and-coming talent of tomorrow as host of this year's NewNowNext Awards.
Van Der Beek is also nominated for this year's "#zOMG Internet Award" for his recent hilarious collaboration with FunnyorDie.com at JamesVanDerMemes.com.
Van Der Beek hit the brink of fame with the iconic late-1990s series "Dawson's Creek." Van Der Beek quickly became pop culture's "It" guy being featured in People's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." His expansive career includes films "Varsity Blues," "Scary Movie," "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back," "The Rules of Attraction" and "Texas Rangers" and television series including "Criminal Minds," "How I Met Your Mother," "Ugly Betty," "One Tree Hill" and "Mercy."
Recording artist Neon Hitch will serve as guest DJ to keep the party rolling. Newly signed to Warner Bros. Records, the British singer and songwriter will be releasing her debut album "Beg, Borrow & Steal" later this year.
Through its past discoveries, the NewNowNext Awards has proven that it's one step ahead of the hype by calling out some of today's hottest pop culture phenomenon long before they were on the mainstream radar. Highlights include Lady Gaga's first ever televised performance with a sizzling rendition of "Just Dance." Hit drama series "True Blood" received the "Best Show You're Not Watching" award months before its Emmy nominations. Wendy Williams won "Best New Indulgence" before her daytime talk show "The Wendy Williams Show" went national.