Billboard Bits: AMAs, Nickelback/Oleander, B. Bland

News on AMAs, Nickelback/Oleander, B. Bland

Groove ArmadaB2K, Ja Rule, and Nickelback have all been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards AMAs. Set for Jan. 13 at the Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, the show will also feature previously announced performers Christina Aguilera, Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Tim McGraw, matchbox twenty, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Kelly Osbourne.

Osbourne and her family -- father Ozzy, mother Sharon, and brother Jack -- will host the event, which will air live on ABC. Older sister Aimee, who doesn't take part in "The Osbournes" MTV reality series, will also appear to present an award with Justin Timberlake.

Other newly added presenters are Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Nivea, Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik, Saliva, Ryan Seacrest, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jennie Garth, Melissa Joan Hart, Heidi Klum, and Frankie Muniz.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaRock acts Nickelback and Oleander will team up later this month for a Budweiser-sponsored 1 Night Stand tour. Under the slogan "Beer - Music - Respect in the morning," the bands have a seven-night run scheduled to kick off Jan. 17 in Atlanta and last through a Jan. 25 show in Indianapolis. Tickets to each club show are available only through sponsoring radio stations in each market.

Here are the 1 Night Stand tour dates (with venue and sponsoring station in parentheses):

Jan. 17: Atlanta (Tabernacle; WNNX)
Jan. 18: Jacksonville, Fla. (Marquee Theatre; WPLA)
Jan. 19: Raleigh, N.C. (The Ritz; WBBB)
Jan. 21: New York (The World; WXRK)
Jan. 22: Boston (Avalon; WBCN)
Jan. 24: Royal Oak, Mich. (Royal Oak Music Theatre; WRIF)
Jan. 25: Indianapolis (Murat Egyptian Room; WRZX)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaVeteran blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland will release his latest album, "Blues at Midnight," March 11 via Malaco Records. The 73-year-old Bland's 12th album for the label includes a remake of Z.Z. Hill's "I'm a Blues Man," as well as a cover of "What a Wonderful World," the George David Weiss/Bob Thiele song made famous by Louis Armstrong.

Bland has a handful of live performances scheduled, including Jan. 18 show at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Academy of Music, Jan. 24 at Detroit's Fox Theatre, and Jan. 31 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.