Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene today (Dec. 19), accusing him of barring artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards show from p

Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene today (Dec. 19), accusing him of barring artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards show from performing on the Grammy Awards telecast.

A visibly angry Clark said Greene persuaded Michael Jackson to break a promise to appear in the upcoming American Music Awards (AMA) show on Jan. 9. The Grammys air on Feb. 27. "Mr. Greene has caused me a lot of pain and a lot of stress," he said. "I've known Michael Jackson since he was a kid. ... To have another party interfere in that relationship makes me very, very angry."

A Jackson publicist didn't immediately return a voicemail message. Academy spokespersons didn't immediately return telephone calls seeking comment from Greene.

In past years, Clark said Greene was responsible for preventing Britney Spears from appearing on the American Music Awards and banned Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Toni Braxton from performing on the Grammys because they appeared on the AMAs.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Clark accused Greene and 10 unnamed defendants of interfering with contracts and prospective business relations, and unfair competition. Besides damages, Clark wants the alleged blacklisting tactics rescinded.

Clark said he didn't sue the Recording Academy because he doesn't believe the general membership approves of Greene's tactics. Clark also said he had spoken with Greene about the issue in the past and had received assurances it wouldn't occur again.

Now, Clark said he was compiling a list of all performers forced to back out of the American Music Awards or the Grammy Awards in past years because of the alleged tactics.

The Grammys are considered the more prestigious of the two awards; the Grammy winners are determined by members of the Recording Academy, while winners of the American Music Awards are based on a poll of 20,000 music buyers, from which the winners are chosen.

As previously reported, Combs will host next month's 29th annual ceremony. Spears, Mick Jagger, Cher, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Shaggy, Brooks & Dunn, and Yolanda Adams are all set to perform.


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