Natasha Bedingfield to perform at Nobel concert

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2009 6:01 PM

British pop star Natasha Bedingfield will perform at the Dec. 11 Nobel Peace Prize Concert honoring this year's winner, U.S. President Barack Obama, organizers said Wednesday.

Bedingfield, a chart-topper in the U.S. and Europe, will join Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, organizers said.

The concert will also include performances by Donna Summer, American jazz singer Esperanza Spading, Irish pop quartet Westlife, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, Norwegian fiddler Alexander Rybak and Amadou & Mariam, a blues and jazz duet from Mali.

American actor and rap artist Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will host the concert, which is held in Oslo the day after the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize, also in the Norwegian capital. The show will be broadcast to "a global television audience," organizers said.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2009 prize to Obama for his "efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Traditionally, Nobel Peace Prize winners attend the concert the day after they pick up the award. However, Obama has not yet announced how long he will stay in Oslo.