Yamaha Pianos Shine At 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

9/18/2009 [Pianos & Keyboards]

DC3A Supports Avant-Garde Lady Gaga Performance of "Paparazzi"; Alicia Keys Chooses Specially Customized C3S for Jay-Z Collaboration "Empire State of Mind"

Lady Gaga
International sensation Lady Gaga played a White Yamaha DC3A grand piano during an avant-garde rendition of her latest hit "Paparazzi."
NEW YORK CITY—MTV turned New York City inside out for the 2009 Video Music Awards, and two Yamaha pianos graced the stage for two very special performances.

Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. sent a white DC3A piano for a memorable, over-the-top performance by the international pop phenom Lady Gaga, who took home three moonmen, including the coveted Best New Artist. YCAA also sent a black C3S, which was covered with images of New York City, for a performance by Yamaha artist Alicia Keys. Keys joined Jay-Z on stage to deliver one of the rapper's new singles "Empire State of Mind" from his newly-released album The Blueprint 3.

Alicia Keys
Yamaha artist Alicia Keys perfoms on an extraodinary C3S conservatory grand piano.
Russel Brand returned to host for the second year in a row, and appearances were made by Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, All American Rejects, Taylor Swift and Green Day, among others. The yearly extravaganza was available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV's global network of 68 channels reaching 577 million households around the world, as well as through syndication.

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