Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston Added to AMA Lineup

Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston

Just when you thought the star power at the 2009 American Music Awards couldn’t get any brighter, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston have been announced as performers.

Jackson, who releases her greatest hits album Number Ones on November 17, will open the 37th annual show by performing an eight-minute medley of hits spanning her illustrious career.

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

Whitney Houston is also set to return to the AMA stage for her first primetime U.S. network performance in five years. She will sing her powerhouse ballad “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” and receive the International Artist Award.

“We’re honored to have Whitney Houston back on the AMA stage after ten years,” said Klein. “She has won the most AMAs of any female artist in history and is without a doubt an international superstar, so it’s only fitting we honor her with the International Artist Award this year at such an important time in her career.”

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

The 2009 American Music Awards will air live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 22, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.



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19 Comments

  1. gina

    Yeah, this is one show that I won’t miss. What a line up, Like Janet but LOVE Nippy. She so deserves this award, can’t wait for the show…2 divas! What!!

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  2. Sugar Rush

    Yay go Whitney!!!!!

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  3. SwaggerAreUs

    Love Janet. Her performance will be the best of the entire night. Let’s get it. I’m a little upset Beyonce is not gonna perform “Sweet Dreams”…

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  4. Michael

    This show blows this year’s VH1 Divas to pieces! Whitney needs a good performance though after her GMA mishap (even though the concert was free), and her shaky UK X Factor performance.

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  5. Andre Le Dale

    Janet will once again have the best performance of the night and Gaga second just like the VMA’s, I pray Kanye and Lil Mama aren’t invited.

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  6. Lu

    The line-up of performers is MUCH better this year than in previous years. Luv Whitney.

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  7. darnell

    I was going to pass on this years AMA as no one really struck out to me but now Janet AND Whitney!

    : writes note to self in Blackberry to clear schedule!

    Two true divas! I love Whitney and Janet- I’m so proud of Whitney for saying strong. I saw her perform that song on Oprah and it’s very inspirational. These two ladies are not media whores- you hardly see Whitney anywhere except with her daugter at her promotional gigs and Janet hasn’t spoken on her brother’s death.

    This is how you do it! I don’t see how the Grammys can top this!!!

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  8. EDWARD

    ITS WILL BE FIRE ON AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  9. LOL

    This is going to be AMAZING!

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  10. nippy :)

    Go go Nippy!!!
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  11. bass_man

    I can’t believe this!!!

    Look at this line up!

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  12. monica

    go janet!

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  13. Catie

    Seriously, this is a better line up than the VMA’s had. Adding Whitney to the line up just made me even more exited.

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  14. dee

    Janet is truly the best! Love Whitney too

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    jazzer1 Reply:

    @dee, i agree 100%

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  15. Lisa

    Get em Janet and Whit, show these younger girls why ya’ll still hitmakers 20+ years in the game!

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  16. Stefan

    I am happy for Whitney! She deserves that award…
    Welcome back Whitney and janet

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  17. jazzer1

    janet is goin 2 kill it!!!! won’t miss this 4 da world!!!! Janet = queen of pop hands down

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  18. Momo

    Awww gurl gone head yhu gettin yo self 2gether and bak up in dis this thing to show them wat the reall thing is …..!!! :) yeah

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