JIMMY KIMMEL HOSTS "2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS,"
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY COLDPLAY, KANYE WEST, ALICIA KEYS, THE FRAY,
P!NK, JONAS BROTHERS, RIHANNA AND MANY MORE, NOVEMBER 23 ON ABC
Special "Award of Merit" Will Be Presented to Annie Lennox;
Miley Cyrus Will Celebrate 16th Birthday � Real Date � on the Show
Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the "2008 American Music Awards" � marking Kimmel's fifth time as the event host. The live broadcast will take place at the NOKIA Theatre on SUNDAY, NOV. 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Performers on the special will include Coldplay, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, The Fray, P!nk, Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift, Pussycat Dolls, Leona Lewis and New Kids on the Block, among others to be announced. Also on the live special, Annie Lennox will receive the AMA's special "Award of Merit" and perform, plus Miley Cyrus will celebrate her 16th Birthday � the real date -- on the show.
For the second time in American Music Awards history, winners will be determined by online voting at amavote.com (votes will be collected from October 14 to November 7).
Alicia Keys leads the pack this year with five nominations, Favorite Female Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories, two Favorite Album nominations for her album, "As I Am," in the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories, as well as an Artist of the Year nod. Coldplay garnered four nominations this year, Favorite Artist in the Alternative Rock category, Favorite Band Duo or Group and Favorite album for "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" in the Pop/Rock category and Artist of the Year. The Eagles also earned four nominations -- Favorite Band Duo or Group and Favorite Album in the Pop/Rock category, Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary category and Artist of the Year. In addition to Alicia Keys, Coldplay and Eagles, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown round out the 2008 Artist of the Year nominees.
Larry Klein is the producer of "2008 American Music Awards." Glenn Weiss is directing.
About the American Music Awards
In 1973 Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to pay tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry.
"2008 American Music Awards" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with a 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.