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Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift to Rock American Music Awards, Britney Spears Trial Update and Other Must-Read News

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Queen Barbz is ready to get all dolled up for the stage!

Nicki Minaj is set to perform at the 40th Annual American Music Awards on Nov. 18, organizers announced Wednesday. She's in good company: Other acts who'll also be taking the stage include Taylor Swift and Linkin Park.

All three will be doing double duty, as they're also up for various awards that night.

Minaj dominates all nominees with four nods apiece. (She tied with Rihanna.) Swift is up for Favorite Female Country Artist, while Linkin Park is in the running for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.

Nicki Minaj, Rihanna lead 2012 American Music Awards nominees

Trial Update: Get this—Britney Spears' former manager, Sam Lutfi, said in court that the star shaved her head out of fear that her locks would test positive for drugs.

Family Gossip: Whitney Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston tells E! News some interesting information that makes us question whether or not Bobbi Kristina Brown is actually engaged. 

Hollywood's Handsome Hero: The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer was the latest celebrity hero after helping car-accident victims.

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Stop Powdering His Nose: Actor Jon Hamm reminds us that even male celebrities sometimes have makeup mishaps

Baby Fever: Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer Calvert announced that she's pregnant with her third child!

Ridin' Dirty: Rob Kardashian posted a photo of gal pal Rita Ora driving his wheels. 

TV Land: There was a lot of action on the tube last night! Make sure to find out what happened during the latest episode of The X Factor, The Voice, Dancing With the Stars (and backstage scoop!) and Sons of Anarchy.

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