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 time -- Electronic Dance Music.
The 40th Annual American Music Awards will be broadcast Sunday, November 18 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) on ABC.The live online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs” will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 PM ET/ 2:00 PM 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.
Artists Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 2012 American Music Awards, joining Christina Aguilera, who was previously announced.