March 26th, 2012, 5:59 pm · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
After years of downsizing — the 2006-09 bashes were all held at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine — the annual cavalcade of hit-makers and newcomers has been ramping up in recent years, shifting to Staples Center the past two years.
The 2012 edition, however, will be staged at an entirely new location for Wango Tango: Home Depot Center, the soccer stadium at Cal State Dominguez Hills. It’s the first time the event will be held in so large a space since Gwen Stefani, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson and the Black Eyed Peas headed up the 2005 version at Angel Stadium.
Who else will perform this time? B.o.B (whose second album, Strange Clouds, will have just dropped by then) plus J. Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Foster the People, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, K’Naan, Chiddy Bang and more. Seacrest will host, of course, along with a special guest-host appearance from Justin Bieber.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., though a pre-sale runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for KIIS Club VIP members only. Click here to sign up and find out the password. Prices weren’t immediately available (we’ll update this post when we find out), but last year’s ranged from $45 to $215.
Photo, from the halftime show at February’s NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, by Ronald Martinez, Getty Images.
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