Michael and Janet to appear at AMAs

Self-proclaimed King of Pop Michael Jackson and his sister, Janet Jackson, have joined the line up for the 29th annual American Music Awards special, which will take place on January 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the show announced.

Michael Jackson will accept his Artist of the Century award live on the stage during the show.

Janet Jackson will join the show via satellite from Tokyo where she is in the midst of a concert tour.

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Jenny McCarthy will host the show, which will feature performances by Combs, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Shaggy, Britney Spears and others.

Luther Vandross will perform George Harrison‘s “My Sweet Lord” as part of a salute to some of the great musical talents who passed away over the last year.

Carrot Top, Ashton Kutcher, Lil’ Bow Wow, and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath have been added to the show’s lineup as award presenters.

Previously announced presenters include India.Arie, Nelly Furtado, Ginuwine, Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Lit, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Mandy Moore, Nelly and LeAnn Rimes.

The news comes on the heels of Jackson‘s announcement that he will forgo an appearance on the Grammy Awards in order to fulfill a promise he had made to AMA’s producer Dick Clark.

Clark however is still going ahead with his $10 million lawsuit against Michael Greene and the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for blacklisting artists who appear on the AMAs from later appearing on the Grammy Awards.