TOKYO, April 14 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Lady Gaga has been booked to perform live at the MTV Video Music Aid Japan event to benefit the Japanese Red Cross, organizers said.
Japanese singer AKB48 is to serve as host of the June 25 event at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe.
Lady Gaga is the first performer to be announced for the show, which will be the culmination of MTV Japan's Music of Hope campaign, the channel's multi-platform response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.
"Designed to inspire and rally young people to contribute time or funds to recovery and rebuilding efforts, Music of Hope will feature inspirational music videos, live performances, artist interviews, exclusive news and stories about artists and young people who have been impacted by the disaster," MTV Japan said in a news release Wednesday.
The concert will be broadcast live to more than 30 million homes on MTV Japan, MTV Korea, MTV China and MTV Southeast Asia. A special one-hour version will air on MTV channels worldwide to more than 550 million homes as an installment of MTV's weekly live music series, "MTV World Stage."
Additional performers and celebrity attendees will be announced shortly, MTV Japan said.