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About World Music Awards

On 15 November the most famous pop star on the planet Michael Jackson will be honoured with the Diamond Award at the worlds most international music award ceremony - the World Music Awards. This year London has the honour of hosting this spectacular extravaganza in its 18th year. In the UK, C4 will broadcast the special on Wednesday 22 November.

International celebrities from the world of film, fashion, TV and sports will present the awards to the recording-artists who will perform live before an audience of stars, the world's media and thousands of music fans.

Lindsay Lohan will host the show, and artists confirmed to perform include:
Mary J Blige
Katie Melua
Andrea Bocelli
Bob Sinclar
Dima Bilan
More international artists and celebrity guests are due to be announced this space!

Michael Jackson will be appearing on stage as part of a spectacular tribute to Thriller. 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of Thriller the world's best selling album of all time. Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones, has sold over 50 million albums around the globe since its release in December 1982. Thriller has changed the landscape of pop music and has continued to capture the hearts and inspire people all over the world. The World Music Awards will honour Michael and his unrivalled contribution to music by honouring him with the prestigious and much coveted Diamond Award. The Diamond Award was created to honour artists who have sold over 100 million albums, which for any act is an incredible achievement. It is an award that is not presented every year because it is only for music royalty and who better to receive it than the undisputed King of Pop. Past recipients of the Diamond Award include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Celine Dion.

The World Music Awards are a fantastic event, synonymous with the highest quality of music entertainment in the world. With a mix of glamour, excitement, global superstars, quality music and the most hi tech fabulous production, the World Music Awards has the perfect ingredients for the biggest and best ceremony. Since its inception in 1989 it has continuously pulled in a stellar line-up. Over the years the World Music Awards has seen performances from top selling recording artists including Prince, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Usher, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, 50 Cent, P. Diddy, Outkast, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Cher, Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Outkast, The Bee Gees, Bon Jovi, Carlos Santana, Jamiroquai, Celine Dion, Simply Red, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, Marc Anthony, Cliff Richard, Enya, Shania Twain, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Lionel Richie, Barry White, Ray Charles, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Ja Rule, Shaggy, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennet, Julio Iglesias, Status Quo, Deep Purple and many more. These awards continue to attract the biggest names in the world of music and each year is another who's who of music royalty and 2006 will be no exception!

Year on year the World Music Awards keep getting bigger and better with relentless media interest from around the world. The World Music Awards have been instrumental in helping many artists achieve global success. It puts artists in front of a huge global TV audience and has more reach then any other music awards show reaching over a billion viewers in 160 countries. It is also the only European Awards show to air primetime on network television in America. Due to the musical diversity and performances by acts from every corner of the world, many artists attend this event in order to help reach markets they have never been exposed to.

The World Music Awards has a serious charity commitment. This year from the vent proceeds a brand new World Music Awards Hospital will be constructed in Africa and a fourth centre in India. To date, there are 19 operating centres in the third world including a day hospital and school on the Ivory Coast; a health centre in Orissa, India with an 24 hour ambulance service for a population of 30,000 people; a school and orphanage in Madras, India; a home for abandoned children in Brazil; a home for handicapped girls in Katukuranda, Sri Lanka; a hospital, school and village for the homeless in Madagascar; a hospital in Mokatam, Egypt; a hospital and school in Niger; a shelter, hospital and orphanage in Cameroon; a hospital in Cambodia and a hospital and school in Mali.

The 2006 World Music Awards will be just as spectacular as always. Awards will be presented to the world's best-selling artists as well as performances from the industries biggest and brightest. Unlike many other awards shows, these awards are decided by the public as opposed to an industry panel. The World Music Awards are a reflection of genuine public opinion and are achieved by record sales. Sales figures are reported to the organization by the record companies and the national member groups of the IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industries).