The self-proclaimed King of Pop plans to unite with today's biggest names in music to perform his hit songs at his 30th anniversary gala, scheduled for Sept. 7 and 10 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Jackson and pop Britney Spears will duet on "The Way You Make Me Feel" from his 1987 album Bad, MTV reports. Boy band 'N Sync will join The Jackson 5 onstage for "Dancing Machine."
Latin singer Ricky Martin will shake his bon bon onstage when he dances to "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough." Marc Anthony will croon "She's Out of My Life." Anthony, who is scheduled to perform both nights, also may sing his upcoming Rob Thomas-penned single, "Tragedy."
Rap artists Lil' Kim, Mya, Deborah Cox and Tamia will contribute to "Heal the World." Missy Elliot and newcomer Nelly Furtado are expected to perform Elliot's "Get Ur Freak On."
Whitney Houston, though not confirmed, may sing a ballad, and teen country star Billy Gilman will cover 1972's "Ben," Jackson's first No. 1 solo single.
Lenny Kravitz and Guns N' Roses former guitarist Slash, both of whom have worked with Jackson in the past, are slated to perform "Beat It" with Jackson.
Jackson's close friend Liza Minnelli will perform "You Are Not Alone" with a 300-member gospel choir on Sept. 10.
Shaggy, Jill Scott, Monica, and Luther Vandross have still not decided what they will perform.
Diana Ross, however, will no longer participate.
Jackson and his brothers began rehearsing for the show in Los Angeles on Friday.
A combined total of 40,000 tickets for the concerts--priced $45 to $2,500 per ticket--sold out just five hours after going on sale on July 31, Launch.com reported.
Previous rumors that Jermane and Randy Jackson had refused to attend the Jackson 5 reunion for the Michael Jackson: 30 Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years can now be dismissed. All five brothers from the eponymous Jackson 5 music group have confirmed their attendance at the event.
After feuding for the last month with the show's producer, David Gest, over the ticket prices, the guest list and the lineups for the all-star events, Jermaine agreed on Friday to perform at the September 7 and 10 shows, to be held at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"Having been accused of not wanting to be a part of my brother's 30th anniversary concert for publicity reasons is not right," Jermaine Jackson said in a statement Friday. "My concern was that our loyal fans were not invited nor able to attend because of excessive prices," he told SonicNet.com.
A combined total of 40,000 tickets for the September 7 and 10 Michael Jackson celebration concerts--priced $45 to $2,500 per ticket--sold out just five hours after going on sale on July 31, Launch. com reported.
"I place my family above all else and I would like to perform with my brothers in spite of all that has gone on. I'm sorry that loyalty to my fans and family has been perceived as betrayal," Jermaine added.
The Jackson brothers convened in Los Angeles on Friday to begin rehearsing for the shows.
A complete list of confirmed special guests goes as follows:
Friday, September 7: Marc Anthony; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & the Legends of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; *NSYNC; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher.
Monday, September 10: Marc Anthony; Mary J. Blige; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick.
In addition, stars from television, sports, movies, and the recording industry will honor Jackson during the concerts. Confirmed guests include: Marlon Brando; Elizabeth Taylor; Samuel L. Jackson; Willem Dafoe; William Shatner; Dr. Dre; Snoop Dogg; Yoko Ono; Sean Lennon; Jane Russell; Chris Tucker; Liam Neeson; Vanessa Redgrave; Franco Nero; Muhammad Ali; Kobe Bryant; Magic Johnson; Esther Williams; Gregory Peck; Jennifer Jones; Angie Dickinson; Master P; Robert Wagner; Jill St. John; Sir John Mills; Hayley Mills; Janet Leigh; Reggie Miller; Ann Miller; Jane Powell; Macaulay Culkin; Patricia Neal.
Two months prior to his tribute concert, Michael Jackson has disclosed a list of guests scheduled to appear at his Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years show. According to SonicNet.com, Gloria Estefan, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Missy Elliot, Ramsey Lewis, Lil' Romeo, Gloria Gaynor, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Ricky Martin and Usher have been included to the previously announced Sept, 7 and 10 concerts in New York's Madison Square Garden. They will join a cast that already includes 'N Sync, Marc Anthony, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Mya, Shaggy, and the rest of Jackson 5. This will be the first time that the King of Pop will perform in the United States in 11 years. His album Invincible is scheduled for release on Epic Records on Sept. 25.
It's not enough that she's one half of country music's biggest couple or a Cover Girl model on the side.
But Faith Hill had to go and steal the thunder from the teenybopper world, grabbing a field-best four nominations for the 28th Annual American Music Awards, announced this morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., by executive producer Dick Clark and country group SHeDAISY.
Toppling double nominees 'N Sync and Britney Spears (who will serve as host of the awards show), Hill won her kudos by scoring crossover nods in the Pop/Rock, Country and Adult Contemporary fields. Rock group Creed and salsa king Marc Anthony tied at three nominations apiece by also being eligible in other categories.
Hill, whose album "Breathe" has sold 4 million copies to date, will also be cheering on husband Tim McGraw, who was nominated for Favorite Country Male Artist.
Winners for the American Music Awards, which are selected by the public, will be announced during the telecast Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Scheduled performers include Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton and SHeDAISY; confirmed presenters include 'N Sync and Brian McKnight.
Here's a list of the nominees:
POP/ROCK Favorite Male Artist: Marc Anthony; Eminem; Kid Rock Favorite Female Artist: Christina Aguilera; Celine Dion; Faith Hill; Britney Spears
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Backstreet Boys; Creed; 'N Sync
Favorite Album: "Human Clay," Creed; "No Strings Attached," 'N Sync; "Oops!...I Did it Again," Britney Spears
Favorite New Artist: Macy Gray; Jessica Simpson; 3 Doors Down
SOUL/R & B Favorite Male Artist: D'Angelo; Brian McKnight; Sisqo Favorite Female Artist: Toni Braxton; Whitney Houston; Kelly Price
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Destiny's Child; Jagged Edge; Lucy Pearl
Favorite Album: "The Heat," Toni Braxton; "The Writing's on the Wall," Destiny's Child; "Unleash the Dragon," Sisqo
Favorite New Artist: Donnell Jones; Mary Mary; Pink
COUNTRY Favorite Male Artist: Alan Jackson; Tim McGraw; George Strait Favorite Female Artist: Faith Hill; Martina McBride; Reba McEntire
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Brooks & Dunn; Dixie Chicks; Lonestar
Favorite Album: "Breathe," Faith Hill; "Under the Influence," Alan Jackson; "How Do You Like Me Now," Toby Keith
Favorite New Artist: Alecia Elliott; Billy Gilman; Keith Urban
OTHER CATEGORIES Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Marc Anthony; Celine Dion; Faith Hill Favorite Latin Music Artist: Marc Anthony; Enrique Iglesias; Shakira Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist: DMX; Dr. Dre; Eminem
Favorite Alternative Music Artist: Creed; Limp Bizkit; Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Soundtrack: "Coyote Ugly"; "Mission: Impossible 2"; "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"