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Janet Jackson to open the 'American Music Awards'

November 11, 2009 |  9:02 pm


Michael Jackson received five posthumous American Music Award nominations, and the upcoming ABC award show will turn to one of Jackson's siblings to open its broadcast. Following her gala-launching tribute at the MTV Video Music Awards, Janet Jackson will lead off the Nov. 22 AMAs with what's billed as a "special opening performance."

Just prior to Janet's appearance on the AMAs, the artist will release her "Number Ones," a two-disc set capturing her biggest hits. Yet even with the greatest hits package, and a new single in "Make Me," one can bet that Janet will undoubtedly lead an AMA tribute to her brother.

“We’re thrilled about having Janet Jackson open this year’s show,” said American Music Awards producer Larry Klein in a news release.  “She is an incredibly dynamic performer, and I think the audience will be excited to see what she has in store.”

Janet gave a dance overview of Michael's career at the recent MTV VMAs. The AMAs will air live on the East Coast at 8 p.m. from downtown's Nokia Theatre.

Other previously announced performers include Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Green Day, Shakira, Lil’ Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, the Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Adam Lambert.

--Todd Martens


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Photo: Janet Jackson at the MTV VMAs. Credit: Getty Images