Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child and Diana Ross are the first confirmed performers for the 2005 World Music Awards. Bon Jovi and Carlos Santana, who will be honored with special awards, will also perform during the Aug. 31 show. A two-hour taped stateside broadcast is scheduled for Sept. 13 on ABC; 160 countries will air the event.
The ceremony will be staged at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, marking the second time the event has taken place in the United States since it was inaugurated in 1989. Last year’s ceremony was held in Las Vegas.
Winners of the World Music Awards are determined by sales figures as certified by the European-based International Federation of the Phonography Industry (IFPI).
The event benefits the Monaco Aide and Presence Foundation, which constructs orphanages, schools and hospitals for underprivileged children in third world countries. Among the projects underway is a clinic and orphanage in Cameroon.