A.J. McLean, Sara Rue, Niecy Nash, Natalia Kills and Lisa Lampanelli also have been added to the list of presenters for the event at the Avalon in Hollywood.
Special appearances by Lady Gaga, Joe Manganiello and Neon Hitch have been confirmed as well, said Logo, an entertainment network whose audience is largely comprised of gays and lesbians, and their families and friends.
The awards show is to be taped in front of a live audience April 7 with a telecast premiere set for April 11 on Logo.
"James Van Der Beek exemplifies how a 'NewNowNext' actor emerged to become a pop-culture mainstay and household name," the cable network said in a news release. "From his recent appearance in Ke$ha's 'Blow' video 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' 2011."
Van Der Beek is best known for is work on the iconic late-1990s TV series "Dawson's Creek."