Country superstar Taylor Swift is one of several MTV Video Music Award nominees, including Ne-Yo, Cobra Starship, and Katy Perry, appearing in West Side Story-inspired VMA promos that will be airing on the network this month. “It was right up my alley because I did a lot of theater growing up,” says Swift, who will perform her hit “You Belong With Me” on the Sept. 13 awards-show telecast. “It has a very Broadway-esque vibe to it. They’re all intercut story lines with different characters, on our way to the VMAs.”

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