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Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift lead AMA nominations

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

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


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

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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