Actually got up early enough to get down to the Nokia Theater by noon, in time to watch Alicia Keys run through her hit, “Superwoman.” Although the director announced Alicia’s rehearsal would be a closed set, all the chairs up front were filled by the time she started. Alicia wowed the audience with a little help from some special guests. I’ll just say who knew opera could be so funky…

Next up were two of the hottest teen acts around. First came the Jonas Brothers performing “Tonight.” While it was the first time I’d heard the song, it was very catchy. I couldn’t get it out of my head, at least until the next singer, Miley Cyrus, started her rehearsal of “Fly On The Wall.” Miley showed off some nice dance moves and rock star poses while running through her song. Actually, it’s lucky Miley got a chance to use the stage at all, considering how many fans went up onstage at the end of the Jonas Brothers’ rehearsal to try to get an autograph from one of the boys.

Otherwise, I made sure I met some of the record company publicists escorting the acts in my constant quest to arrange interviews for next year’s new edition of “The Billboard Book of Number One Hits.” I also got to meet singer Sheila E, who was picking up her credentials for the show tomorrow night and went out of her way to be friendly to everyone she met.

Check out the American Music Awards on ABC tomorrow night. I’ll be back with coverage of the red carpet, the show and the party soon after!


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