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Ke$ha, No Doubt and Usher to Perform on "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards®"

LOS ANGELES , Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- dick clark productions (dcp) announced that Ke$ha, No Doubt and Usher will all perform on "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards®." They join previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, P!nk, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park and 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 (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 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 official homepage of "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards," 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 live for fans worldwide starting at 5pm ET / 2pm PT and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston, Eden Sher 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. The web series is published weekly to YouTube (youtube.com/awardsshownetwork), ABC.com and other streaming partners and covers all things "AMA," including breaking news, artist spotlights, retrospectives on fashion, acceptance speeches, red carpet and backstage interviews.

Global superstar Ke$ha is about to release her sophomore studio album WARRIOR on December 4th. The first single off the album "Die Young" been exploding up the charts and already Top 10 at Top 40 and shows no signs of slowing down. Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album in ANIMAL in 2010.  That year she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single "TiK ToK" was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Ke$ha has had 6 consecutive Top 10 hits including three #1 singles: "TiK ToK," "Your Love Is My Drug" and "We R Who We R." Her debut album ANIMAL has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide. Ke$ha has toured the world, playing over 200 live shows in support of ANIMAL and its companion album CANNIBAL. She took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November 2010 and was nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 3 MTV VMA Awards and 6 Billboard Awards. She has over 21 million Facebook likes, over 3 million Twitter followers and over 300 million views on VEVO.  She has sold over 24.5 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 27.5 million worldwide to date. Ke$ha is an international powerhouse, ANIMAL has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 15 markets (including Platinum in the United States and was the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK. On November 20th, 2012 Ke$ha will release her first book through Touchstone Publishing. The full-color photo journal/scrapbook sheds light on Ke$ha's hectic, non-stop life on tour and will provide an exclusive look into the creative process of her forthcoming album, Warrior. Ke$ha was also recently named the first global ambassador for Humane Society International.

No Doubt has achieved a lot as a band, including releasing several multi-platinum albums (1995's diamond-certified Tragic Kingdom, 2001's Rock Steady, and a 2003 singles collection) and a string of chart-topping hits ("Just A Girl," "Don't Speak," "Hey Baby," "Hella Good," "Underneath It All," and "It's My Life"). Lead singer Gwen Stefani has further emerged as a global music and fashion icon via two best-selling solo albums and her L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers and Harajuku Mini clothing lines. Through all the success, the band members have remained grounded by a long-standing friendship that began when Stefani, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young — bonded by a shared love of '80s British New Wave and ska bands — began performing together in their hometown of Anaheim, CA. Their natural camaraderie, not to mention the musical alchemy that occurs when these four friends PERFORM, is palpable throughout the band's new album Push And Shove — a supercharged blend of ska-rock, dancehall, and electronic pop that will remind people why No Doubt has maintained its position as one of the most beloved and commercially successful acts of the past 20 years.

Nominated for three American Music Awards this year, multi-platinum selling superstar and 7-time American Music Award recipient Usher has been ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 44 million albums worldwide. Usher released his seventh studio album LOOKING 4 MYSELF earlier this year which debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and R&B Albums Chart and has received "album of the year" raves: Time Magazine states "the seventh album by the reigning emperor of R&B is lighter than air and sexy as hell." NPR places LOOKING 4 MYSELF in their top albums of the year list and describes Usher "leaping over boundaries, Marvel hero style...(the album is) solidly soulful, dramatic in all the right places, heartfelt, deeply danceable, sexy... As a powerful force in the pop mainstream…Usher …wields the kind of influence that helps define what relevance looks like."  LOOKING 4 MYSELF boasts five hit singles including chart toppers "Climax" and  "Lemme See" featuring Rick Ross, as well as "Dive," recently released single "Numb" and summer blockbuster "Scream." With the success of LOOKING 4 MYSELF Usher extends his career reign for having the most number ones ever on the R&B/Hiphop Charts during the SoundScan era. Usher has won numerous awards and was named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named Usher the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and seventeen Hot 100 top-ten singles. http://usherworld.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. Archived footage and photography are available upon request.

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