08/10/2006 AT 04:40 PM EDT
star Jack Black will host the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV announced Thursday.
"Prepare yourself for a rip-snortin' humdinger," Black, 34, said in a statement, adding, "I am Jables, hear me roar." (Jables is Black's nickname when he performs with his two-man band, Tenacious D.)
MTV president Christina Norman called Black the "perfect mix of comedy, rock, irreverence and star power."
The VMAs will air live on Aug. 31 from New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Shakira and the Red Hot Chili Peppers
top the list of nominees.
Black, who recently welcomed a son
with wife Tanya Haden, starred in the movies King Kong
and School of Rock.
Next up, he'll appear with his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass in Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny,'
due Nov. 17.