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Russell Brand Joins Elite League Of Multi-Time Vma Hosts

15 July 2009 9:46 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

When Russell Brand was announced as the host of this year's MTV Video Music Awards, he slid his way into a special place in history. He joins the short list of stars who have hosted the show more than once, and the extremely rare air of people who have hosted two years in a row.

Arsenio Hall was the first host to come back for another year — in fact, he led four straight shows from 1988 to 1991. Hall, the host of a wildly popular talk show, was right at home as the ringleader of MTV's rock and roll circus. He presided over Guns N' Roses' performance of "Welcome to the Jungle" in 1988, the set that got Andrew Dice Clay banned from MTV in '89, the 1990 show-wide attack on Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center, Paul Reubens' first public appearance (as Pee-wee Herman) after his lewd conduct arrest »

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