MTV Australia's flagship awards night will score a global audience after it was selected to premiere on the music TV network's new World Stage platform.

The March 27 Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 will be fed into the international World Stage platform on April 17, meaning the gala will beam across 62 MTV channels and 162 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada. MTV claims the program has a potential reach into 500 million homes.

MTV Australia's managing director Dave Sibley is suitably proud of his company's coup. "We've been successful because of the quality of the show this year, and it's great news for the Aussie artists involved and everyone involved in the show," Sibley tells Billboard.biz. "It's very rewarding for anyone involved because so many people will see it. We're very proud that we're getting a crack at putting some Australian content into that show."

Sydney's Convention and Exhibition Centre will be the setting the scene for the fifth annual gala, which will feature performances from local singers Jessica Mauboy and Sia, and various American artists including the Fray and the Killers. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz will host the event, which counts Beyonce Knowles, the Presets and Sneaky Sound System among artists nominated for multiple awards.

U.S.-based MTV producer Alex Coletti will take the helm of this year's show, heading up a production team led by Rebecca Batties, GM music brands, MTV Networks Australia. MTV Australia will broadcast the event live.

Sony Music Australasia chairman and CEO Denis Handlin reckons the gala presents a genuine opportunity to showcase their rising pop star Mauboy. "Jessica is a truly exceptional performer and has delivered a world class album," Handlin comments in a statement issued today. "The MTV Awards are a great platform for her to showcase her incredible talent to the rest of the world."

The MTV World Stage series focuses on new acts and live performances, and launched on Feb. 27 with a Coldplay performance filmed at Tokyo's Saitama Super Arena.