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For Katy Perry, learning can be fun! The singer, hosting MTV's European Music Awards for a second consecutive year, said that Thursday's show is a chance to combine performances by artists like U2, Foo Fighters and Leona Lewis with a remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Nov. 9 fall of the Berlin Wall.

Katy Perry, left, Pete Wentz and Joss Stone attend a news conference for the 2009 MTV European Music Awards in Berlin on Wednesday.Katy Perry, left, Pete Wentz and Joss Stone attend a news conference for the 2009 MTV European Music Awards in Berlin on Wednesday.

“As much as it has to be funny, you also want to help educate my generation or the generation after me that might not know the importance of the unity of the Berlin Wall when coming down — how it really affected people’s lives,” the 25-year-old Perry said Wednesday.

“It can’t always be rock and roll and partying and liquor,” Perry said. “You have to have a little meat on the bones.”

That’s not to say music fans and party connoisseurs won’t go away with more than just a history lesson.
Irish rockers U2 will play a special 20-minute set in front of the Brandenburg Gate — which lies on the line that formerly divided East and West Berlin — that will be beamed to the 02 World Arena where the award show is being held.

Despite losing a performance by British singer Robbie Williams to a scheduling conflict, Grammy-winner Beyonce Knowles will perform “a very saucy set,” too, said Richard Godfrey, the executive producer of this year’s awards show.

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Originally published April 11, 2009

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