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Britney to duet with Michael Jackson

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Aug 14, 2001 | 9:58am EDT

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.

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