December 28, 2001 12:00 PM

Don’t invite Michael Jackson and TV producer-host Dick Clark to the same New Year’s Eve party. Jackson, 43, is scheduled to receive an Artist of the Century award at the 29th annual American Music Awards, produced by Clark, on Jan. 9. But, according to the Web site Launch.com and the Los Angeles Times, Clark, 72, is saying the star has backed out of performing on the ABC telecast because of pressure from Grammy Award organizers, who plan to have Jackson perform on their Feb. 27 broadcast on CBS. Over the past few years, Grammy producers have informed artists they cannot appear on the show if they first appear on the American Music Awards. On Dec. 19, Clark, using the term “blacklisting,” filed a $10 million suit against Grammy organizers over that demand, claiming unfair business practices. Now comes news that CBS will rebroadcast its highly rated November program “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special” in the same Jan. 9 time slot shared by the American Music Awards. CBS execs say the scheduling conflict is a coincidence, according to the Times. Launch.com reports that a spokesperson for Clark had no comment regarding the timing.

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