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[11/12/09 - 11:59 AM]
Janet Jackson to Kick Off the 37th Annual "American Music Awards" with Special Opening Performance November 22 on Abc
"She is an incredibly dynamic performer and I think the audience will be excited to see what she has in store," said producer Larry Klein.

[via press release from ABC]

JANET JACKSON TO KICK OFF THE 37th ANNUAL "AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS" WITH SPECIAL OPENING PERFORMANCE NOVEMBER 22 ON ABC

You Pick the Winners www.ama.abc.com

dick clark productions President Orly Adelson announced that Janet Jackson will kick off the 2009 "American Music Awards" with a special opening medley of her greatest hits. She will join other previously announced acts including Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Green Day, Shakira, Lil' Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Adam Lambert. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. The show will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. This year's AMA tickets and VIP ticket packages are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS).

Janet Jackson has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists in contemporary music. For the first time ever, 33 of her global No. 1 hits, plus the newly recorded single, "Make Me," will be available on one album�"Number Ones." Set for release on November 17, "Number Ones" celebrates the career and artistry of one of the most successful and influential artists in music history. Among the album's many highlights is new single "Make Me," which was produced by Janet and Rodney Jerkins.

"We're thrilled about having Janet Jackson open this year's show," said American Music Awards producer Larry Klein. "She is an incredibly dynamic performer and I think the audience will be excited to see what she has in store."

This will mark the fourth time Janet Jackson has performed on the American Music Awards, having previously performed "Control" in 1987, "Escapade" in 1990 and "Together Again" in 1998. Jackson is also a nine-time American Music Award winner, having won the award for Soul/R&B Single for "Nasty," as well as for Soul/R&B Video Female in 1987. Her hit "Miss You Much" garnered two nods in 1990 for Dance Single and Soul/R&B Single, and in 1991 she took home the prizes for Dance Artist, Pop/Rock Female and Soul/R&B Female. Jackson also earned an AMA in 1999 for Soul/R&B Female and in 2002 for Pop/Rock Female.

For the third year, winners will be determined by online voting at www.ama.abc.com, www.amavote.com and www.mycokerewards.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin and Contemporary Inspirational. Fans can go to the official homepage of the "2009 American Music Awards," ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, and more.

Fans can still vote on abc.com and via T-Mobile text-messaging for the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award leading up to and during the live show! The final nominees are Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson, Gloriana and Kid Cudi. Go to ama.abc.com for more voting details. Standard messaging rates apply to text a vote.

For the first time ever, dcp will stream a live pre-show on the red carpet for the 2009 "American Music Awards" on November 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 PM (PT) / 6:00 PM (ET). The "Official AMA Pre-Show," will feature hosts Julie Moran, Jenni Pulos, Jai Rodriguez and Taryn Southern as well as the winner of the ongoing national competition to become a red carpet correspondent at the 2009 AMA's.

dcp associates Premiere Entertainment will provide production services on the multi-camera red carpet event and USTREAM will power the live stream to a series of dcp developed video "Fan Widgets" found at http://www.livepremieres.com/ama. The pre-show will be available on ABC.com, Ustream.TV, Facebook and partner sites including mycokerewards.com, mycoke.com and RyanSeacrest.com among others. Fans and stars will also be able to interact live with the pre-show hosts via Facebook and Twitter.

About dick clark productions, inc. �

Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com.

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. For the third year, AMA winners are determined by online voting at amavote.com





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