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Veteran Industry Icon Is "Mad As Hell" Over Grammy’s Ban on AMA Artists

L.A. Times’ Chuck Philips apparently isn’t the only one pissed off at Grammy boss Mike Greene.

Saying he’s "mad as hell and won’t take this anymore," veteran teenager Dick Clark filed suit against Greene, claiming the Grammy Awards engaged in unfair competition against his rival American Music Awards.The suit seeks $10 million in damages from NARAS President/CEO Greene, who oversees the Grammy production for the organization.

What, you thought it was about sexual harassment?

The suit, filed in federal court in L.A., Clark’s Dick Clark Productions, Inc. claims Greene prevented Michael Jackson from performing on the Jan. 9 show, where he was to receive a special "Artist of the Century" Award. It was the latest in a long line of NARAS strong arming, with its unofficial policy of refusing to book anyone who performed on the AMAs for the Grammy show just a few weeks later.

Clark has been complaining about the practice for years, claiming there was a long list of artists who have been barred from appearing on his show.

The 29th Annual American Music Awards air on ABC-TV Jan. 9. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Jenny McCarthy will co-host, with performances lined up from Britney Spears, Mick Jagger, Usher, Yolanda Adams, Brooks & Dunn, Cher, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz and Shaggy, none of whom will be featured on the Feb. 27th broadcast of the 44th Annual Grammys.