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Whitney Houston to Perform at AMAs

Dick Clark Productions President, Orly Adelson, announced today that Whitney Houston will perform at the 2009 American Music Awards. Whitney Houston's performance will mark the first time she's performed on the show in ten years ("Until You Come Back" & "My Love Is Your Love" Medley with Babyface & Wyclef Jean in 1999) and her first primetime U.S. network performance in five years (World Music Awards in 2004). Whitney will perform her powerhouse ballad "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. In August, Houston's seventh studio album, I Look To You debuted No. 1 in USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Holland and Switzerland and marked the biggest first week sales of her career in USA and UK.

Houston will also be given the American Music Awards International Artist Award a unique honor presented only to those special artists who have gone beyond the borders of their own country to be acknowledged for their superstar status around the globe. To receive the International Award, an artist must have achieved outstanding sales and airplay success in every corner of the world, and must be recognized all over the world as a true icon, both as an artist and a concert attraction. The Award is so unique that it has only been presented seven times in the 36-year history of the American Music Awards. Whitney Houston will be the eighth artist to win the prestigious International Award, after Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, the Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Madonna and Beyonce.

"We're honored to have Whitney Houston back on the AMA stage after ten years," said American Music Awards producer Larry Klein. "She has won the most AMA's 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."

Whitney Houston holds the all-time record for being the solo and female artist with the most wins at AMAs. She has been nominated 37 times and won 21 AMAs in her career. Whitney Houston also holds the record for the most AMAs won in a single year, held by both Michael Jackson (for 1983's Thriller), and Whitney Houston (for 1992's The Bodyguard Soundtrack). With 170 million worldwide sales, Whitney Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 Hits and the only artist with seven consecutive multi-platinum albums.

Whitney Houston will join other previously announced acts including Rihanna, Green Day, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Adam Lambert.

The show will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. This year's AMA tickets and VIP ticket packages are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS).

Comments for this News article

Congradulations on receiving the award Whitney.

Update 11/13:

Hi everyone. If you haven't already done so vote for Whitney's X Factor UK performance.

http://xfactor.itv.com/2009/news/viewer/item_100225.htm

Let's make her #1 cause her performance derserves it, and don't forget to past on the link.

whitney:

i'm really happy because of the award you will recieve. i know that god is going to bless you wonderfully in this new tour you started. you will shine with the light of the lord because you are the litlle girl on his eyes and a precious stone to him. i send you a lot of bless in the love of christ and i will always be folowing you an , of course, you are on my prayers of all my nights because i don't only admire you as an artist but also as a human and a sister on jesus crhist. god bless you enourmosly!!!!

p.s:

this was written by my son because i unfourtunately i don´t know how to speak english but i will always find a way of being with you.

i love you on the lord,

patricia from argentina

I can't wait to see the performance! She is doing so well since she has been back!! I constantly go on her site so I can get the updated news. I really want her to come to the U.S. for a concert because I will be there for sure.

Kenneth Polk
Houston, Tx.

Today is my 40th birthday. Thank you, Orly Adelson, for this fantastic announcement! CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Congratulations Whitney. Stay strong! SO PROUD! xoxo Todd

Including Beyonce in that list sort of waters down the "uniqueness" of the award. AMA's must have some bleak years to award her an international artist award. Methinks the AMA's were looking for a ratings grab by awarding B... Isn't this the first year Beyonce has done a world tour? Whitney shud have been awarded this 10yrs ago after her 8th world tour in her career. Tad bit late, but she'll take it. SMH.

iam glad whit isback love the music
so whit lets kick it thisis the moment for u
keep the fait en strenght
ps
my enghlish isbad
so if you come to holland come by fora cup of coffie
my first cd ibuy was from whitney
love u

Congratulation!!!Whitney...Proud of U much! I really hope that you could get back to the top w/ your VOICE legency.

Love U forever!!!

Well you what happens when God is in control. Whitney they talked about you, criticized you, and laughed the not so best performances, but you looked to Him and he gave it all back in a twinkling of an eye. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But this is the kind of rewards we expect when we trust, believe and have faith. I can't wait until you tour in the states.

Contiued Success.

Peace/Favor/Joy/Blessings

Jermaine

You go girl! Luv U Laughing out loud

how about that???????????????? I always told everyone that my superstar will be back with a vengeance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and HOW did she take revenge?????????????

Congratulations Whitney. You deserve this award. To be honest, you deserved this award ten years ago, but it'a all about timing, afterall, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. I love you Whitney and I know you will bring the roof down with your performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." I love you.

Simmone Joyette says: Congratulations Whitney on your award. it is well deserved honor.

Congratulations Whitney,

As it's been stated at least twice already this award is well deserved and should have been given to you ten years ago:-)......The light in your eyes gets brighter and brighter each time I see you perform.

"STAY STRONG & GOD BLESS"

OMG Whitney I am so proud of you!!! You truly deserve it. You will always be an inspiration to me. I can't wait to see what else God will be blessing you with throughout your endeavors of this new album. Stay strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Love you much and God Bless!!!

i so much agree with xtc33, where does Beyonce fits in this category? it really makes you wonder about the award cause all the rest are legends. And Whitney a Legend that should be on that list for years now. Still better late than never, Well done Whitney!!!

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I am so HAPPY FOR U Whitney you truly deserve it. But I really think you should have received this award long time ago WAY BEFORE Beyonce because you are a legend. And she is still learning... Keep up the Good work..

way to go whitney i am really happy for you cant wait to see you on the ama hope to see one of your concerts in the us soonl lots of love