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New Performers Announced: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park

  • By Steve Dove
Taylor SwiftThe AMAs always have something for everybody, and this year is no exception. Country superstar Taylor Swift, rap diva Nicki Minaj and one of the world's biggest alternative rock bands, Linkin Park, are all performing LIVE at The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, SUNDAY NOV 18 8|7c on ABC. All three have been nominated this year, so if you're a fan, be sure to go cast your votes!

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TAYLOR SWIFT, NICKI MINAJ AND LINKIN PARK TO PERFORM ON "THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®"

Dick Clark Productions (dcp) has announced that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will all perform on "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards®." They join previously announced performer Christina Aguilera on this year's show, which will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks (tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-234-8425).

For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational and -- for the first year ever -- Electronic Dance Music. Fans can go to the homepage of "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards" at ama.abc.com to find nominations, performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.

For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs" will stream for fans worldwide, starting at 5:00 p.m., ET / 2:00 p.m., PT and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston and Tristan Wilds, as well as the NOKIA correspondent Andy Grammer. Viewers will be able to watch the live show on ABC.com, AMAs365.com, Cokemusic.com, Livestream, Ustream, YouTube and through AP Live Entertainment. Livestream and Ustream-powered video players will be made available to media partners, as well as for the websites and Facebook Pages of participating talent.

"The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards" are produced by dick clark productions, inc. Allen Shapiro and Orly Adelson will executive-produce the show. Larry Klein will produce. The program will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

Fans can go to ama.abc.com, AMAs365.com, follow the AMAs on Twitter @theamas, and like the AMAs on Facebook at facebook.com/amas to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, Memes, Gifs and more. Fans can now watch "AMAs on Demand," a weekly web series hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole and Megan Turney and published to YouTube (youtube.com/awardsshownetwork), ABC.com and other streaming partners, covering all things "AMA," including breaking news, artist spotlights, retrospectives on fashion, acceptance speeches, red carpet and backstage interviews.

Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, "Red," was just released this week to strong sales and rave reviews. Her 2010 album, "Speak Now," was lauded on Rolling Stone's prestigious 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Swift one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is Billboard's Woman of the Year, the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year, and both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music's current Entertainer of the Year. She is also the most awarded star in the history of the Teen Choice Awards, taking home honors for both music and movies. Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Each of her three studio albums has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, and "Speak Now" is one of only 17 albums in the history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both country and pop radio charts around the globe, is one of the top 5-selling digital music artists

Nicki Minaj released her album "Pink Friday" in November 2010, peaking at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release. She became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her seventh single, "Super Bass," has since been certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA, and has sold more than 4 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the U.S. Minaj released her second album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," in April 2012, which topped charts internationally, also spawning the Top-10 singles "Starships" and "Pound the Alarm." Since then the album has become one of the best-selling albums of 2012, according to the Nielsen SoundScan, selling 1 million copies worldwide. In 2012 Minaj embarked on two worldwide tours, the Pink Friday Tour and the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.

LINKIN PARK is a multi-award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of lead vocalist Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, DJ/programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda -- lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook, with over 43 million fans and counting. Since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200, no other artist has had more Top 10 singles on the Alternative chart and, with the release of their latest album, "Living Things" (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros), which reached No. 1 in over 20 countries, no other band has achieved more No. 1 albums this century. In 2005 Linkin Park founded Music for Relief, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that has raised over $5 million for victims of natural disasters and environmental projects. www.linkinpark.com

About dick clark productions, inc. -
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com

About the American Music Awards -
In 1973 Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to pay tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry. For press credential requests, please go to http://pmkbnc.wufoo.com/forms/2012-american-music-awards-media-application/. Archived footage and photography are available upon request.
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