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A facile and efficient synthetic route to multi-substituted 2-aminopyridines has been developed via a formal [5C + 1N] annulation of readily available 2,4-pentadienenitriles with hydroxylamine (NH2OH) under very mild conditions, which involves sequential intermolecular aza-nucleophilic addition of hydroxylamine, intramolecular aza-cyclization, and dehydration reactions.