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Pitbull to host American Music Awards: rapper will host 41st annual show, perform new single 'Timber' with Ke$ha

by Carolyn Menyes   Nov 5, 2013 15:55 PM EST

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The American Music Awards are going to get a little dose of Mr. Worldwide. Today (Nov. 5), it was announced that Pitbull would host the annual awards show, set to air later this month.

Born Armando Christian Perez, Pitbull was reportedly chosen to host the AMAs due to his Latino heritage. According to The Associated Press (via The Huffington Post), the AMAs will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Latin Music category and the 15th anniversary of Gloria Estefan's performance at this year's ceremony.

Pitbull won't just be hosting the American Music Awards, he will also be performing his new single with Ke$ha, "Timber." The party anthem, which likens taking shots to taking down trees over a funky accordion beat, will get the AMA treatment this year.

Pitbull and Ke$ha join Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Florida Georgia Line, One Direction and Luke Bryan as performers.

Nominees for the award show include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- who are up for six awards -- Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line and more.

The 41st annual American Music Awards will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. They will air at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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