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Teenage pop star greyson Chance will be per­form­ing as a spe­cial guest at the anugerah In­dus­tri Muzik (AIM) 2011 awards show at Pu­tra Sta­dium, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur on nov 12.

The fresh-faced, 14-year-old amer­i­can, who re­cently re­leased his de­but al­bum Hold On ‘Til The Night, will duet with new­comer singer-song­writer na­jwa Latif, 16, on her song Cinta Muka Buku ( Face­book Love).

In a me­dia con­fer­ence last week, AIM chair­man Ros­min Hashim said: “Both artistes made their name on Youtube and this per­for­mance will speak to a whole gen­er­a­tion of mu­sic lovers who dis­cover mu­sic online rather than on TV or ra­dio.”

Chance be­came pop­u­lar when a video of him cov­er­ing Lady gaga’s Pa­parazzi on pi­ano and vo­cals was posted on Youtube last year.

The boy from Wi­chita Falls, Texas, was no­ticed by TV host ellen De­generes, who in­vited him to per­form on her show, mak­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of his video sky­rocket, gar­ner­ing over 40 mil­lion hits on the video-shar­ing web­site.

“Chance will share the stage with na­jwa, who also be­gan her ca­reer on Youtube,” added Ros­min.

Chance’s ap­pear­ance on AIM is a sig­nif­i­cant one, as there have been no for­eign guest per­form­ers on the show since 1999.

The last for­eign artiste to per­form at AIM was The Scor­pi­ons from ger­many. Prior to that, US R&B group all For One per­formed at AIM in 1996 while the soul­ful Mick Huck­nall (from Sim­ply Red) was a live guest in 1997.

Be­sides Chance per­form­ing at AIM, new hosts for the show have also been an­nounced.

TV per­son­al­ity ac Mizal and co­me­dian Zizan Razak will host the 18th edi­tion of AIM.

Ros­min said they were look­ing for a change of pre­sen­ters af­ter such a long time, as afdlin Shauki was the main host of AIM from 1999 to 2010, ex­cept when he took a break in 2004.

“We de­cided on ac Mizal and Zizan Razak be­cause they are fa­mous and funny. It’s not a con­scious de­ci­sion for AIM to ad­dress a ru­ral au­di­ence. It’s a de­ci­sion based purely on pop­u­lar­ity,” he said.

Per­form­ers for AIM 2011 in­clude Yuna, Jaclyn Vic­tor and Shila amzah. Old school rock­ers ex­ist and Slam, and rock queen ella, will also be kick­ing it live on­stage. among the pre­sen­ters are M. nasir, Zainal abidin, Search and Ziana Zain.

Where nom­i­na­tions are con­cerned, mu­sic leg­end Datuk Sheila Ma­jid is still a big deal with four nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing al­bum of The Year ( The Malaysian Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra Cel­e­brates 25 Years Of Sheila Ma­jid).

an­other AIM favourite is Us-based singer-song­writer Yuna, who is up for Best Vo­cal Per­for­mance In a Song (for Pe­nakut and Gelora Cinta) Best Pop Song ( Pe­nakut) and Best al­bum Cover ( Dec­o­rate).

Pop rock artiste aizat am­dan is also a ma­jor con­tender with six AIM nom­i­na­tions (for his al­bum Uru­san Aizat Am­dan), in­clud­ing Best Pop Song, Best en­gi­neered al­bum and a cross­over op­por­tu­nity with Years From Now in the Best english Song cat­e­gory.

The independent singer-song­writer scene also has Reza Salleh in the AIM spot­light. Reza has five nom­i­na­tions for his de­but al­bum Re­al­ize. He has landed the Best new artiste, Best Male Vo­cal­ist, Best en­gi­neered al­bum, and two Best english Song nom­i­na­tions.

apart from Reza (two nom­i­na­tions) and aizat (one nom­i­na­tion) in the Best english Song cat­e­gory, Us-based new­comer soul singer na­jwa Mahi­addin is also a keen favourite with two nom­i­na­tions in that par­tic­u­lar cat­e­gory (her songs In­no­cent Soul and Got To Go).

na­jwa, who re­leased her de­but al­bum, In­no­cent Soul, in March this year, is also nom­i­nated in the Best new artiste and Best Fe­male Vo­cal­ist cat­e­gories.

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