Christina Aguilera signs on for award-show circuit
Fresh from her Top 10 debut for her Target-only greatest hits package, pop star Christina Aguilera has been tapped to perform on the Dec. 3 CBS television special announcing this year's Grammy nominations. But the singer will get an award-show groove on earlier, performing Nov. 23, 2008, as part of the American Music Awards on ABC.
As previously noted, artists who perform at the Grammy nominations press conference are typically in line for a Grammy nomination. Aguilera will join such acts as the Foo Fighters, John Mayer and country princess Taylor Swift. But if Aguilera, who has four Grammys to her name, is to receive a nomination this year, it will stem from one of her singles, either the more recent, rock-leaning track "Keeps Gettin' Better" or the more moderate "Oh Mother," which was released late last year.
This will be the first time in Grammy history that the nominations have been unveiled on a prime-time CBS special. "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" is set to air live for viewers on the East Coast at 10 p.m., and will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
The event is open to the public, and a Ticketmaster search reveals that good seats are still available. Orchestra seats are also still available for Sunday night's American Music Awards, also taking place at the Nokia.
Aguilera is one of 19 performers at this year's AMAs. Others slated to appear include the Pussycat Dolls, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Coldplay and, of course, Swift.
Look for a full preview of the fan-voted AMAs Friday on the Envelope, and come back to Pop & Hiss on Sunday for live updates of the awards, photo galleries and and news from the AMAs.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Christina Aguilera, center, with dancers at a recent concert; AFP / Getty Images