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Don't get your hopes up: Daft Punk probably won't perform at the VMAs

on August 25, 2013, 1:25pm

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Update: Daft Punk did, in fact, end up appearing at the VMAs… to present an award to Taylor Swift.

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards take place in Brooklyn this evening. Of course, Daft Punk are expected to make an appearance during tonight’s show, though anyone thinking the French electro duo will be performing might be in for a disappointment.

When Daft Punk canceled their appearance on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert explained it was because of a contractual obligation between Daft Punk and MTV. “Here’s the story: it’s a true story. We booked click and clack over here about a month ago. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV… Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: no one told me until two o’clock yesterday.” Note how Colbert never actually used the word “performance.”

In the same episode Colbert showed a letter sent to him by MTV President Van Toffler, which read: “Not sure I can help you on this one. (Daft Punk’s label, Columbia Records) sold us hard on some clip and live appearance based on them not showing up anywhere else.” Again, no mention of a performance, only an appearance.

And now, there’s a new advertisement for the VMAs, which is currently streaming on Spotfiy, insinuating that Daft Punk will be appearing but not performing. You can listen to the advertisement, below, but here’s the transcription: “[With performances by] Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and Bruno Mars, with appearances by One Direction, Daft Punk, and more, and Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, is kicking off the show with a brand new song. This Sunday, live at 9/8 ct only on MTV.”

FWIW: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is nominated for Best Song of the Summer, so it’s possible the duo is just appearing to accept its award. Toffler also mentioned a “clip” in his email to Colbert. Might Daft Punk finally premiere a video for “Get Lucky” and/or one for their new single “Lose Yourself To Dance” during the show? Earlier this month, Nile Rodgers confirmed that he had already filmed videos for both songs with Daft Punk.

One way or another we’ll be seeing the Robots in the flesh later tonight. Check back to Consequence of Sound for complete coverage of Daft Punk’s appearance, along with performances by Kanye, Timberlake, Perry, Gaga, and whoever else might show up.

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