– Hour-long red carpet pre-show features performance by American Idol David Cook –
– Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosts 36th annual awards show –
– Extensive list of performers includes Beyoncé, Coldplay, Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna –
– Presenters include Mötley Crüe, Terrence Howard, Nick Lachey, Jordin Sparks, Scott Weiland and Billy Ray Cyrus –
Toronto, ON (November 14, 2008) – The music industry’s biggest stars of today and yesterday join five-time host Jimmy Kimmel for the 2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (AMAs) on Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ‘A’ (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The three-hour live event will be broadcast from the famed Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Kicking off the music extravaganza at 7 p.m. ET is a one-hour pre-show – 2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET LIVE – hosted by DANCING WITH THE STARS judge Carrie Ann Inaba, THE BACHELOR host Chris Harrison, High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu, PROJECT RUNWAY’s Christian Siriano and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
The 2008 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET LIVE will feature an exclusive, special behind-the-scenes peek at host Jimmy Kimmel as he preps for the show, backstage access at the theatre, a special segment on the paparazzi, an all-access look at the “superstar trailer park” where the stars reside during rehearsals and on show day, all in addition to interviews with the celebs as they arrive on the red carpet. AMERICAN IDOL winner David Cook will also perform live from the Nokia Plaza during the live telecast.
First-time AMA performers Coldplay and Leona Lewis join a star-studded lineup of acts including Beyoncé, Kanye West, the Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, P!nk, The Fray, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift, the Pussycat Dolls and New Kids on the Block. Music icon Annie Lennox, also performing, will receive the Award of Merit, joining past honourees Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan.
In addition to taking the stage, singing sensation Alicia Keys leads all AMA nominees with five nods, followed closely by fan-favourite Coldplay and the legendary Eagles, both up for four awards. Other nominees include Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne and Carrie Underwood.
Presenters for this year’s awards ceremony include Mötley Crüe, Terrence Howard, David Archuleta, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato, Bill Ray Cyrus, T-Pain and Nick Lachey.
For the second year in a row, fans in the United States decided who would go home with an award, as they voted for their favourite artists online earlier this month.