Michael Jackson will appear live as the opening act on the 20th annual American Music Awards, set for Jan. 25 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Jackson’s appearance will be his first domestic performance since the conclusion of his 1988 tour in support of the Epic album “Bad.”

Jackson appeared via video from London at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

The show, which honors the American record-buying public’s favorites in various genres, will be hosted by three previous AMA winners, Bobby Brown, Gloria Estefan and Wynonna Judd. Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced Dec. 15 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

This is the third time Jackson has been honored by the org. He received its Award of Merit in 1984 for his lifetime contributions, and the Award of Achievement in 1989 for attaining a high sales total for “Bad.”

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