Rihanna, Green Day added to American Music Awards lineup
Rihanna will take a break from the interview circuit to promote her upcoming "Rated R" at this month's American Music Awards. The pop star, on the verge of releasing her first album since last February's pre-Grammy incident with Chris Brown, was among of host of new performers unveiled Friday morning.
Green Day, Shakira, Mary J. Blige and Keith Urban were also added to the AMA lineup. The AMAs will take place Nov. 22 from the Nokia Theatre and downtown's L.A. Live complex, airing live for the East Coast at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the AMAs, which range from $70 all the way up to $1,000 VIP packages, not including Ticketmaster surcharges, of course, are on sale now. There is a four-ticket minimum when purchasing a VIP package, bringing the total cost to over $4,100.
Green Day and Urban will be promoting albums already out in stores, while Blige's "Stronger" is now tipped for a December release. The R&B veteran also has the showcase song in "Precious," which opens in limited theatrical release today. Shakira's "She Wolf" and Rihanna's "Rated R" will be released the day after the AMAs.
Previously announced performers include Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, the Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Adam Lambert. The AMAs are fan-voted, and viewers can cast their ballots online now.
Not yet announced as a performer is Taylor Swift. The country star was the bestselling artist of 2008 and leads all nominees, with six nods, including recognition in the artist of the year field. In most major categories, she'll be up against sentimental favorite Michael Jackson, who has dominated sales and headlines since his death June 25. Jackson received five nominations, including artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album, favorite soul/R&B artist and favorite soul/R&B album.
The music award season is upon us. The Country Music Assn. Awards are set for Wednesday from Nashville, and the nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards will be revealed soon after the AMAs, on Dec. 2.
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