KANYE WEST, ALICIA KEYS, THE FRAY CONFIRMED TO PERFORM AT "2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS," NOVEMBER 23 ON ABC
Annie Lennox to Be Honored with AMA's Special Award of Merit; Winners Determined by Online Voting at amavote.com
dick clark productions President Orly Adelson announced today that Kanye West, Alicia Keys and The Fray will be performing at the "2008 American Music Awards" (AMAs), which will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Notable for the ceremony, the special Award of Merit is going to be presented to Annie Lennox, who will also perform. Previous honorees include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan.
"We are delighted to honor Annie Lennox at this year's AMAs. Through her work with the groundbreaking Eurythmics to her solo career, Annie has always been at the forefront of music. She is a truly exceptional artist," said AMA Producer Larry Klein.
Previously named performers for the AMAs are Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift, the Pussycat Dolls, New Kids on the Block, Jonas Brothers and P!nk. This year's AMA tickets are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS).
For the second year, winners will be determined by online voting at amavote.com, the official voting location (votes will be collected from October 14 to November 7). 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 "2008 American Music Awards," ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, etc.
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 press credential requests, please go to www.dickclarkproductions.com/ama