USHER & ALICIA KEYS TO PERFORM THEIR NO. 1 HIT DUET FOR THE FIRST TIME
ON TELEVISION, ON ABC'S TELECAST OF THE "AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS"
Janet Jackson to Introduce Performance
One of music's most exciting showmen, Usher -- this year's leading nominee for the "American Music Awards" -- and singer/songwriter/pianist extraordinaire Alicia Keys -- who, herself, is a double AMA nominee -- will perform their current chart-topping hit, "My Boo," for the first time ever on television, on the 32nd annual "American Music Awards," airing SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The performance will be introduced by music superstar Janet Jackson. The special is a presentation of dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Dick Clark, executive producer of the special, noted: "One of the great things about the AMAs is the ability to bring performances to the air that are 'of the moment,' and what could be more timely than the first live TV performance of the No. 1 song in America. I wish I could leave the producers' table and get a seat out front for this one. It will surely be one of the highlights of the evening."
On the special, Usher and Ms. Keys join a lineup of performers which already includes Kenny Chesney with Uncle Kracker, Josh Groban, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Jessica Simpson, Snoop Dogg & Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Twista, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson. Also scheduled to appear on the show as presenters are "life as we know it's" Kelly Osbourne, Clay Aiken, Pamela Anderson, "According to Jim's" Jim Belushi, Brooks & Dunn, Chingy, Ciara, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Carmen Electra, Macy Gray, Kathy Griffin, Billy Idol, "Boston Legal's" William Shatner, Lil' Flip, Teena Marie, MercyMe, Nelly, "The Simple Life's" Nicole Richie, "Desperate Housewives'" Nicolette Sheridan, KISS' Gene Simmons, John Stamos, Switchfoot, tennis superstars Serena & Venus Williams and Ying Yang Twins.
Hosting the special will be Jimmy Kimmel. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
The "American Music Awards" honor the past year's elite in contemporary music as voted by record-buyers. Awards will be presented to top artists in Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip-Hop, Latin Music, Contemporary Inspirational, Adult Contemporary and Alternative Music. Additionally, the T-Mobile Text-In Award, as voted by the fans, will be presented on the show. T-Mobile subscribers can cast their votes via text messaging using their T-Mobile SMS Capable cellular phones. Other members of the public wishing to cast their votes can do so at www.abc.com, Keyword: AMA, and viewers of the "American Music Awards" can also vote during the show via Enhanced TV by logging on to ABC.com and clicking on the Enhanced TV logo. Voting is now open and will conclude during the show on November 14.
The "American Music Awards" is produced by Larry Klein, with Jeff Margolis directing. Writers are Barry Adelman and Fred Bronson. Executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo. Associate producer is Don Harary. Music director is Lenny Stack. John Shaffner and Joe Stewart are the production designers. Talent executive is Melissa Trueblood. Executive in charge is Fran La Maina.