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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park To Perform at American Music Awards

Musicians join Christina Aguilera for November 18th show

Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park and Taylor Swift To Perform at American Music Awards.
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October 24, 2012 10:35 AM ET

The American Music Awards has added serious doses of country, hip-hop and rock, with Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park set to join Christina Aguilera as performers at this year's awards show. Minaj leads nominations with four, including Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album. Swift is up for Favorite Female Artist, while Linkin Park is nominated for the Alternative Rock award.

ABC will broadcast the 40th American Music Awards live on November 18th. Winners will be determined by voting, and fans can vote on the AMA's website.

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