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[10/06/08 - 03:58 PM]
Jimmy Kimmel to Return as Host for "2008 American Music Awards" Live Special Airing November 23 on Abc
The news marks Kimmel's fifth time as the event's host.

[via press release from ABC]

JIMMY KIMMEL TO RETURN AS HOST FOR "2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS" LIVE SPECIAL AIRING NOVEMBER 23 ON ABC

P!nk and Jonas Brothers Highlight Lineup of Performers

Tickets and Packages Now On Sale

Late-night talk show host/comedian 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 L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

"The AMAs reflect pop culture through music, while at the same time celebrating the fans and audiences," said Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions. "We are delighted that Jimmy Kimmel will be joining us once again to MC the AMAs. Jimmy is a masterful host with incredible spontaneity and wit; audiences can expect a great night."

"I agree with Orly completely," said Jimmy Kimmel.

Performers on the live special will include P!nk, plus the Jonas Brothers, among many more to be announced in the weeks to come. Nominations for the "2008 American Music Awards" will be announced on October 14. For the second time in American Music Awards history, winners will be determined by online voting at ama.abc.com (votes will be collected from October 14 to November 7).

Tickets for the "2008 American Music Awards" are now on sale. For information on purchasing tickets and VIP packages, please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS.

Jimmy Kimmel is the host and executive producer of the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC. He has hosted such high profile events as the 2007 American Music Awards and the 2007 ESPY Awards. Kimmel co-hosted Comedy Central's "The Man Show," served for four seasons as on-air prognosticator for "Fox NFL Sunday," and co-hosted Comedy Central's long-running and popular game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," for which he received two Daytime Emmy nominations and one win for "Best Game Show Host" in 1999. Kimmel's company, Jackhole Industries, formed with partners Daniel Kellison and Adam Carolla, are responsible for "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Man Show," "Crank Yankers," "The Andy Milonakis Show," "Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust," "Too Late with Adam Carolla," "The Adam Carolla Project" and the made-for-Comedy Central feature film "Windy City Heat."

P!nk (Alecia Moore), since her debut in 2000, has been widely hailed as a fearlessly talented singer/songwriter, and the Pennsylvania native's genre-defying creative risk-taking has propelled her to global stardom. To date, the chanteuse has sold 24 million albums cumulatively worldwide. Her previous albums include: her 4 million-unit selling debut, "Can't Take me Home" (2000); her sophomore follow-up, "M!ssundaztood" (2001), which sold 11 million worldwide; the 2.7 million worldwide seller "Try This" (2003); and her recent effort, "I'm Not Dead" (2006), sold over 5 million units globally and spawned the hits "Who Knew," "U + UR Hand," "Stupid Girls" and "Dear Mr. President." Her 5th studio album, "Funhouse," will be released on October 28, beginning with her #1 single, "So What."

Jonas Brothers' meteoric rise as a pop culture phenomenon has come with countless highlights. Most recently they released their third album, "A Little Bit Longer," which debuted at #1, selling more than 525,000 units in one week. Paired with their eponymous CD and the "Camp Rock" soundtrack, they are the first group to have 3 albums in the top 10 in a single week. Leading up to the album, Jonas Brothers starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Camp Rock," which is the largest non-sequel premier for the Channel. They also sold out their headline U.S. tour in record time, including three nights at the famed Madison Square Garden. Jonas Brothers are currently in production on the new Disney Channel Original Series "JONAS," set to premiere in May 2009. In addition, Jonas Brothers started their own foundation to give back, Change for the Children (see www.changeforthechildren.org ) to support programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed.

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, among other things. 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. Nominees and winners are decided by national sales, radio play and by public voting. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry. For press credential requests, please go to www.dickclarkproductions.com/ama.





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