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Your Week in Music: Who cares about the awards shows? Bring on the performances

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This year's American Music Awards has quite the lineup, including a TLC performance shrouded in mystery. ( Source: American Music Awards/Facebook) This year's American Music Awards has quite the lineup, including a TLC performance shrouded in mystery. ( Source: American Music Awards/Facebook)

(RNN) - We all know how awards shows go; the same five people are nominated every year, Taylor Swift will feign convincingly humble surprise at winning her approximately 2349343rd award like it's her first, Lady Gaga will (barely) wear something meant to be eaten, hatched or vomited from a craft store's lace, bow and feather section and we'll all be talking about Miley for reasons unrelated to music come Monday.

But there are lots of reasons to watch music awards shows. Reason 2343234 – live performances.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the American Music Awards.

Katy Perry is opening this year's show with her current single Unconditionally and Jennifer Lopez is set to perform a tribute to Cuban salsa legend Celia Cruz. Viewers will also see performances by big-name stars like Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and TLC.

The TLC performance is shrouded in mystery as a "surprise" guest will be performing with them. Lil Mama, maybe? Guess we'll just to have to tune in to see.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received the most nominations with six while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake aren't far behind with five. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons also snagged multiple nominations.

And we guess "selfie" really is the word of the year, because this year's show will have "selfie stations" to provide a candid backstage look.

The American Music Awards were created by Dick Clark in 1973 as an alternative to the Grammys. Clark's vision included a show in which fans and music buyers chose the winners instead of industry insiders.

So if you're a fellow music buyer and music lover, voting is still open. You can view all of the nominees here, and let your voice be heard by voting here.

The American Music Awards will air this Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

But before the American Music Awards ...

There's the 14th Latin Grammys, celebrating the best in Spanish language music.

Natalie Cole has three nominations and is expected to perform a duet with her late father, jazz legend Nat King Cole, via video screen. While the song choice hasn't been released, Cole recorded Acercate Mas with her father on her newly-released Spanish language album Natalie Cole en Espanol, a song her father also recorded on his 1958 Spanish language album Cole Espanol.

Miguel Bose will be honored as Latin music's Person of the Year, which will include a special performance by Carlos Santana.

Other performances include Marc Anthony, India Martinez and Enrique Iglesias.

The Latin Grammys, live from Las Vegas, will air Thursday on Univision, starting at 8 p.m. EST. 

View the entire list of nominees here.

Colbie's new sound

Known for her acoustic singer-songwriter/occasional reggae vibe, Colbie Caillat has released her first non-Christmas material since 2011. And it's decidedly up tempo from her usual laid-back fare.

Hold On, produced by One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder, is a very Republic-esque organ-and-keyboard-driven dance track.

"It's a departure, but I played it to all my friends and family and asked their opinion [about] if it was too different, and no one thought it was. So I felt really good about putting it out as a first single because I love it, I believe it, but it's different when it's your baby," she told Alice 97.3 radio.

Caillat is working on her follow up to 2011's All of You. She released a holiday album, Christmas in the Sand, last year.

Hold On is available now on iTunes.

Outkast rumored to reunite at Coachella

Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast will reportedly end their hiatus at Coachella 2014, according to Billboard.

The reunion has not been confirmed by the band or their reps, but it wouldn't surprise us.

If you're familiar with Coachella, you know they've had quite a few reunions take place. The Pixies reunited at Coachella in 2004, Rage Against the Machine in 2007 and Pavement in 2010.

The Grammy award-winning duo is comprised of Atlanta-based rappers Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. They're best known for hits like Hey Ya!, Ms. Jackson, Roses and B.O.B.

Fingers crossed.

New T. Swift video

Taylor Swift has only performed The Last Time, off her most recent album Red, live one time. And if you happened to miss it, thankfully through the magic of YouTube, you haven't really missed it at all.

The song features the vocals of Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Lightbody made a surprise appearance on the Red tour last summer and Swift released the footage in the form of a full length video.

The Last Time is a lyrically tangled complex of emotions, illustrated by the singers sitting back-to-back as they each recall the loss of a relationship.

Bob Dylan makes history with 'Like a Rolling Stone' video

Nearly 50 years after the song was first released, we have finally received an official Bob Dylan video for Like a Rolling Stone. And all we can say is, it was well worth the wait.

In something we've never seen done, Dylan created an interactive music video simulating TV surfing. As you manually flip through each channel, you'll see shows like Drew Carey's The Price is Right and Pawn Stars. At first glance, it looks like they're doing a legit show, but if you look a little closer you'll see each star is actually lip-synching to the popular Dylan song.

Chumlee lip-synching Bob Dylan? Sure. We'll watch that.

Dylan released the video on Tuesday on his website bobdylan.com. The video was released in conjunction with Dylan's The Complete Album Collection Volume 1, a 47-CD boxed set that includes 35 studio titles, six live albums and plenty of other Dylan goodies, detailed here.

Stream it before you can buy it 

The country musical baby of jazz singer Norah Jones and punk rocker Billie Joe Armstrong is streaming for free on Amazon.

Foreverly, the duo's cover album of the Everly Brothers' 1958 release Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, is streaming until it releases on Nov. 25.

Curious? Give it a listen at http://amzn.to/17JMurb.

New Releases

Daughtry: Baptized - Nov. 19

Jake Bugg: Shangri La - Nov. 19

Lady Gaga: ARTPOP - Nov. 11

Kellie Pickler: Woman I Am - Nov. 11

Keane: Best of Keane - Nov. 11

Il Divo: A Musical Affair - Nov. 5

Celine Dion: Loved Me Back To Life - Nov. 5

Upcoming Releases

Danielle Bradbery: Danielle Bradbery - Nov. 26

Moya Brennan: An Irish Christmas - Nov. 26

Pink Martini: Get Happy - Nov. 26

Dido: Greatest Hits - Nov. 26

Britney Spears: Britney Jean - Dec. 3

Leona Lewis: Christmas, With Love - Dec. 3

And finally ...

Even elephants like to let loose on the weekend.

And the way some elephants in Thailand do it is with the 12 bar blues.  

When pianist Paul Barton set up his keys at the sanctuary where they live, two elephants bobbed their heads in time to his bluesy tune and shook their groove thangs (uhh, can you call them trunks?).

Peter the elephant even tried to play along.

We won't mention that Peter now technically plays one more instrument than some pop stars.

What we're listening to

The Mowgli's - Say It, Just Say It

Have a music tip? Drop us a line! You can also follow us on Twitter @AScottRNN and @ReporterJennRNN.

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