MTV organisers are ensuring celebrity guests at this Sunday's (29AUG04) VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (VMAs) will not be tempted to snub the event - by offering them goodie bags worth $20,000 (GBP11,000).

Stars like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Gwyneth Paltrow, JESSICA SIMPSON and Paris Hilton will be rewarded with designer jewellery, sunglasses, cosmetics and gym memberships for turning up to the Los Angeles show.

Among the free gifts will be a $900 (GBP500) Italian-made charm bracelet and a portable audio system.

An MTV insider says, "They are lavish gifts and it seems unfair that they go to people with wads of cash. The bigger you are, the less you have to pay for."

25/08/2004 14:03