Pop queen Gwen Stefani is angrily refusing to attend MTV's prestigious Video Music Awards (28AUG05), as bosses at the channel failed to offer her a performing slot.

The award-winning singer is deeply offended by the supposed snub, and she and her rockstar husband Gavin Rossdale are staying away in protest - even though the blonde style icon has a bevy of nominations.

An insider tells the New York Daily News, "We love Gwen and we hope she will be able to join us, as we know her fans would love to see her on this big night - especially since she's heavily nominated."

Meanwhile, Coldplay, Shakira, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, The Killers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and Green Day will be rocking out at the musical spectacular.