Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift lead AMA nominations

Oct 13, 2009 at 4:36 p.m. ET

Michael Jackson, even four months after his death, is still garnering praise. The King of Pop is up for five American Music Awards statues, while country sweetheart Swift beats his count with six nominations!

Taylor Swift with 5 nominationsThe news comes from the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert and Snoop Dogg were on hand to announce this year's nominees for the AMAs.

Jackson and Swift will go up against Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and Eminem for Artist of the Year, while Michael's album Number Ones and Swift's Fearless will duel against Lady Gaga's Fame for Favorite Album in Pop/Rock.

Swift, who was last year's best selling artist, is also up for Favorite Female Artist in the Pop Rock, Adult Contemporary and Country categories, not to mention Favorite Album in the Country category.

Her wide range appeal has her competing against an interesting sampling of performers, including Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Beyonce, Daughtry, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts and Jason Mraz.

Since Jackson's untimely passing this summer, his album Number Ones has been flying off the racks and it's expected to be this year's top-selling album.

He's facing off against Eminem and TI for Favorite Male Artist in the Pop/Rock category, and Jamie Foxx and Maxwell for Favorite Male Artist in Soul/R&B. His album Fearless was also nominated in Soul/R&B Favorite Album, along with Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce and The Black Eyed Peas' The END.

The AMA looks to radio airplay and retail sales to select nominees, but now that the list is out, the final decision is with the fans. The polls are open, so you can cast your own vote on all the categories.

We're sure to get some Jackson love during the show, along with performances from Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and American Idol runner-up Lambert.

If you can't make the show in person, it will air Sunday, November 22 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, which is means a live broadcast for East Coasters.

The AMA nominees

Pop or rock music
Michael Jackson: 5 AMA nominationsFavorite Male Artist:
Michael Jackson

Favorite Female Artist:
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon

Favorite Album:
Lady Gaga – Fame
Michael Jackson – Number Ones
Taylor Swift – Fearless

Country Music
Favorite Male Artist:
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist:
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Album:
Rascal Flatts – Unstoppable
Taylor Swift – Fearless
Zac Brown Band – Foundation

Rap/Hip-Hop Music
Favorite Male Artist:
T. I.

Favorite Album:
Eminem – Relapse
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
TI – Paper Trail

Beyonce gets a few AMA nods tooSoul-Rhythm & Blues Music
Favorite Male Artist:
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson

Favorite Female Artist:
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Black Eyed Peas
Mary Mary

Favorite Album:
Beyonce – I Am… Sasha Fierce
Black Eyed Peas – The END
Michael Jackson – Number Ones

Favorite Album:
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
Twilight Soundtrack

Alternative Rock Music
Lady GagaFavorite Artist:
Green Day
Kings of Leon

Adult Contemporary Music
Favorite Artist:
Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift

Artist Of The Year
Alternative – Kings of Leon
Country – Taylor Swift
Pop/Rock – Lady Gaga
Rap/Hip-Hop – Eminem
Soul/R&B – Michael Jackson

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Nominations
Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist – Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
Country Breakthrough Artist – Gloriana, Zac Brown Band
Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist – Keri Hilson, Jermiah
Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist – Drake, Kid Cudi

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