American Music Awards Carry Peacetoys In Their Gift Bags

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2006 American Music Awards has some Peacetoys in the gift bags. A Classic Hugg-A-Planet® Earth was selected by http://www.peacetoys.com to be included for this year's event. The performers for the 34th Annual American Music Awards will include Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, the Dixie Chicks, Nelly Furtado, the Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, Tenacious D, Snow Patrol and Carrie Underwood.

If Robert Forenza has his way, the 2006 American Music Awards guests will be hugging their planet for years to come. Forenza, president of http://www.peacetoys.com, has chosen a classic Hugg-A-Planet Earth toy to be included as a gift for this year's event. He hopes his gift will symbolize the need for us to care for our planet. "The world needs peace, now. Knowing that more culturally influential families are all hugging our planet will help bring closer a more peaceful and healthy world.

Music and musicians have a great deal of influence on our cultural values. Songs of peace, living for peace is what the Hugg-A-Planet® Earth is all about," says Forenza.

The Hugg-A-Planet Earth toy is no stranger to stardom. Named one of the 'Best 25 Toys for the Past 25 years' by the Parents' Choice Foundation and featured in both television and movies, this peace toy offers increased social awareness and promotes positive interactions between the people of the world.

"Our view of the world changed with the first image of the Earth, seen from the moon. The Hugg-A-Planet takes that unifying feeling one step further, by actually putting the world in your hands. When you hold the planet all by yourself, you can't help but understand the amount of social and environmental responsibility we all carry, and you can't help but understand the need to take action, now. We share this world, we share our destiny. We all are the solution. My goal in creating this soft earth is to remind others that peace and a healthy environment are needed. We can make it happen."

"Hugg-A-Planet Earth isn't just about awareness, it's about promoting peaceful change in the way we live our lives. The idea of 'hugging' or embracing the Earth is a symbolic way of opening up to others. A hug is a universal sign of affection, a sign of love, friendship, comfort, and caring. The experiences we have as young children help shape the rest of our lives, and instilling a love for the planet at a young age can have powerful effects on our future. Teaching children to love the planet is as important as learning to love each other."

The Classic Hugg-a-Planet® Earth is included in this year's 34th Annual American Music Awards gift bags on November 21, 2006 presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Live Tuesday, November 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network..

The 2006 American Music Awards is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and produced by dick clark productions, inc. Performers for the special thus far are Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Gwen Stefani, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, Snow Patrol and Tenacious D.

Nominees for the 2006 American Music Awards include eight categories of music. Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin, Alternative, Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Inspirational music.

Mariah Carey, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Eyed Peas and Nickelback lead the nominations. Carey,was nominated for Favorite Female Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/Rhythm & Blues categories, as well as Favorite Album in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category for The Emancipation of Mimi. The Red Hot Chili Peppers received Pop/Rock nominations for Favorite Band, Duo or Group and Favorite Album for Stadium Arcadium, along with a nod for Favorite Artist in the Alternative Music Category. Hip/Hop Funk sensation The Black Eyed Peas are up for Favorite Band, Duo or Group and Favorite Album for Monkey Business in the Rap/Hip Hop category, along with a nomination in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category for Favorite Band, Duo or Group. Nickelback's hit album All the Right Reasons helped earn them three American Music Award nominations. The group is up for Favorite Album and Favorite Band, Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock category and will compete against the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam for Favorite Artist in the Alternative Music category. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, T.I., Carrie Underwood and Kanye West each received two nominations. 2006 break-out artists Chamillionaire, Pussycat Dolls and Carrie Underwood are nominated for Favorite New Breakthrough Artist.

Presenters scheduled to appear include Nicole Richie, Tori Spelling, Ashlee Simpson, Paris Hilton, Gavin Rossdale, Nickelback, Katharine McPhee, Tommy Lee, Mario Lopez (Dancing with the Stars), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, William Shatner (Boston Legal, Show Me the Money), Carmen Electra, Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl, Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken, Grey's Anatomy stars Isaiah Washington and Justin Chambers, Taye Diggs (Day Break), Ryan Seacrest, Tony Hawk, Linkin Park, Chris Brown, Ice Cube, Chingy, Sean Paul, Tyrese, Frankie J, Brian McKnight, Hannah Montana's Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus, Chamillionaire, JC Chasez, JoJo, Sarah Silverman, Weird Al Yankovic, Jesse McCartney, Cheetah Girls, Wendie Malick (Big Day), Kirk Franklin and cast members from High School Musical.

Hugg-A-Planet has been in business for 24 years. The Classic Hugg-A-Planet, Earth is now in 3 languages and is available 6" 12" 24" dia. sizes. It has over 600 place labels, is worldwide in homes, schools, and businesses, always within arm's reach for easy reference and a good hug. We also produce custom products such as our Hugg-A-Planet, Earth for companies, individuals and events, put your name on the world.

Visit us at http://www.peacetoys.com. Lots of informational resources for helping the planet there too.

Hugg-A-Planet, Earth is shared by Presidents, Governors, Senators, Congressmen, Entertainers, many other world, business and religious leaders. Our loveable Planet is embraced by many. We are proud to be part of the American Music Awards celebrity gift bag furthering Peacetoys positive effects on society.

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