2011 MTV EMA Countdown Begins

Some of the biggest names in music are getting ready to walk the 16m long 'hot pink' carpet at tonight's MTV EMAs.

The entire city is ready to celebrate one of music's biggest night with thousands of fans already outside the major hotels and arena. Tickets for the show are selling for £500 and everyone here seems to ready to party and celebrate Belfast's moment in the spotlight.
Last minute rehearsals have been taking place at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, where the likes of Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Jessie J and LMFAO will all take to the stage.
Last night, police had to shut down all roads leading to the Merchant Hotel, where Justin Bieber collected the first ever MTV Voices Award. Justin arrived arm in arm with host Selena Gomez, and thanks his fans 'for all your love and support worldwide.'
Lady Gaga rehearsal was a 'closed set' but sources told me the star wore a black all-in-one pvc outfit and promised 'a phenomenal performance.' And as usual, the Haus of Gaga are working around the clock preparing several outfits for the star. MTV Crew are also monitoring her dressing room, to ensure she gets a steady 90 degree temperature. Her team were also sent to the local House of Fraser to buy a silver pied a terre chaise lounge, n'espresso coffee machines and fine bone china teacups. Classy!
Nominee and former EMA host Katy Perry told me that she can't wait to catch up with friends tonight. " It's going to be a great night, I can't wait to see the people and peers I admire, go a bit a crazy and try on some fun dresses, it's cool.."
LMFAO arrived in Belfast yesterday and have already requested Ciroq vodka, Patron Silver Tequila and pepperoni pizzas for their dressing room. Jessie J told me 'she can't wait to get on that stage' and is rumoured to be wearing hand-painted body suit for her performance.
And every artist will receive an amazing gift bag containing thousands of pounds worth of high end fashion items and technology.

By Capital's Showbiz Reporter Kevin Hughes in Belfast.