Country fans who need a reason to tune into this year’s American Music Awards just got one, with the addition of platinum-selling Taylor Swift to the music show’s lineup of performers.
“The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards,” which will also feature hit-making recording artists Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park, among others, will be broadcast live from L.A.’s NOKIA Theatre at 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT) Sunday, Nov. 18, on ABC-TV.
Per an email from the AMA’s PR reps shared with quadrust.com, for the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans may vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, as well as AMA.abc.com.
During this year’s AMA show, 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.
Music fans can go to the official homepage of “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” to find nomination info, performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.
As for the addition of the reportedly in-love Swift to the AMA performance roster, the lineup wouldn’t be complete without her, as most contemporary-country fans will attest. Swift’s fourth studio album, “Red,” was this past week to strong sales and rave reviews, and her 2010 album, “Speak Now,” was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious “The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time” (by women) list and TIME magazine has named her as one of the 100 most-influential people in the world.
The blond artist is Billboard’s 2011 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. A record-breaker from the get-go, she is also the most-awarded star in the history of the Teen Choice Awards, taking home honors for both music and movies.
Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Moreover, each of her three studio albums has sold in excess of five million copies worldwide, and her “Speak Now” disc is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than a million copies in a single week.
AMA ticket information: Additional AMA acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the event, which is produced by Dick Clark Productions, are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-234-8425.
To learn more about Swift, please visit her official website. And to keep up with the AMAs, follow on Twitter here or join them on Facebook.
- Video view: To see the official music video for Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” hit, click here.