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The 2009 American Music Awards will air on Sunday, November 22 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The 37th annual show will feature a star-studded lineup of music’s top artists and acts.

The 2009 American Music Awards will honor artists in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin and Contemporary Inspirational. For the third year in a row, winners will be determined by online voting at www.amavote.com and www.mycokerewards.com, which will be live the day of the nominations.

Fans can go to the AMA Facebook page to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.

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Hip Hop artist and music producer Kanye West  is reportedly prepping for his next studio album. This follows not too long after his VMA incident and also after losing out on the tour with Lady GaGa, as reported on HipHopRX.com.

According to reports, the rapper is currently stated to be working with Soulja Boy, amongst others on new songs.

In other news, Kanye is set to release a new book entitled “Through the Wire: Lyrics & Illuminations (The Words And Lyrics of Kanye West).”

The book will feature twelve Kanye songs with graphic illustrations of the lyrics.

The illustrations in the book are a collaboration with world renowned illustrator Bill Plympton.

“Through the Wire: Lyrics & Illuminations” (The Words And Lyrics of Kanye West) is scheduled to be released in stores on November 10th.

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Whitney Houston will spend part of the holiday season in Russia headlining a pair of concerts that will launch a tour of Europe and Asia, the Russian Entertainment Academy announced Tuesday.

The singer’s official website lists the two engagements on Dec. 9 at the Olympisky Stadium in Moscow, and Dec. 12 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg.

The concerts will be Whitney’s first since the Aug. 31 release of her first studio recording in seven years, “I Look to You.” The Europe-Asia dates represent the first tour for Houston in 11 years, according to the singer’s reps, PMK HBH.

Her more recent appearances were for a studio audience on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and a Central Park set for “Good Morning America.”

The shows, according to Variety, will apparently be used as a testing ground for a possible U.S. tour.  Following the dates in Moscow, Houston’s website lists five nights of performances in Japan, followed by five dates in the U.K. beginning April 8 and eight cities in Germany.

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