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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj lead American Music Award nods

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Nominations for the 40th American Music Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and while Grammy voters probably won’t care about the resurgence in boybands or the year’s most annoyingly ubiquitous single (OK, call me, maybe) – that sort of thing is right in the wheelhouse of one of the music industry’s oddest popularity contests.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna dominate with four nods apiece, while Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher follow with three.

Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction will battle for new artist of the year, along with J. Cole, fun. and Gotye. The latter two, like Jepsen, also had inescapable singles this year (“We Are Young” and “Somebody That I Used To Know,” respectively), but are they great enough for the rabid teenage fangirls who will surely clog voting lines for America’s favorite mop-haired British imports, One Direction?

Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, and Rihanna will vie for artist of the year.

The AMAs are also venturing into the electronic dance music arena with a new EDM category, which like most of their genre categories feature just three nominees. David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex will compete in the field.

This year's big Grammy winner Adele, whose chart reign has bled into this award’s season, is only up for one trophy: favorite adult contemporary, an award she took home last year after losing artist of the year to Taylor Swift.

Christina Aguilera, who announced the nods Tuesday morning in L.A., is also the first performer announced for the telecast, which airs live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting, which begins Tuesday. The full nominee list is below.


ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

Drake

Maroon 5

Katy Perry

Rihanna

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

J. Cole

fun.

Gotye

Carly Rae Jepsen

One Direction

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Justin Bieber

Flo Rida

Pitbull

Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Kelly Clarkson

Nicki Minaj

Katy Perry

Rihanna

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

fun.

Maroon 5

One Direction

The Wanted

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

Justin Bieber, "Believe"

Maroon 5, "Overexposed"

Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"

One Direction, "Up All Night"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP - COUNTRY

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

FAVORITE ALBUM - COUNTRY

Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"

Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

Drake

Nicki Minaj

Tyga

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"

Drake, "Take Care"

Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Chris Brown

Trey Songz

Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Beyoncé

Mary J. Blige

Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

Chris Brown, "Fortune"

Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"

Usher, "Looking 4 Myself"

FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK

The Black Keys

Gotye

Linkin Park

FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Adele

Kelly Clarkson

Train

FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN

Don Omar

Pitbull

Shakira

FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Jeremy Camp

Newsboys

tobyMac

FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

David Guetta

Calvin Harris

Skrillex

Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-american-music-awards-2012,0,1654651.story


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brenden 9th-Oct-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber
Drake
Maroon 5
Katy Perry
Rihanna

superdogbiter i agree9th-Oct-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Photobucket
gorlplz 9th-Oct-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
teh nominees

i can't
there_is_onlyme 9th-Oct-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
lmao
julialonso 9th-Oct-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Exactly my reaction.
thrillisgone_89 9th-Oct-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
whew else would be nominated tho?

whitegirlmob 9th-Oct-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
They're in their own world and wanting Radiohead nominations.
whitegirlmob 9th-Oct-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Carli Rae is missing tbh
justyourfaceha 9th-Oct-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well it is popular music awards lol. This is pretty much the radio right now.
ohkimosabe 9th-Oct-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
you know you're awards show is a joke when....
anus 9th-Oct-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
This is the same people in a bunch of different categories. Also, how is Taylor still allowed to be considered country?
sviibwhapp 9th-Oct-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I only like one nominee and that's The Black Keys.
brucelynn 9th-Oct-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh lord
brenden 9th-Oct-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHHA


FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
Pitbull
Usher


POP/ROCK
hypermuseic9 9th-Oct-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
omg what? i didn't even see this category. smhh
thrillisgone_89 9th-Oct-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
their categories are always like that

i just think they're too lazy to change the name
whitegirlmob 9th-Oct-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
I once put BBMak on a rock mixed CD I made. So, I mean, it's easy to get confused sometimes...
_xxtom 9th-Oct-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
lol this is ridiculous
whiteswallows 9th-Oct-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
This must be an error, lol!
helders 9th-Oct-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
lol irl
phallus 9th-Oct-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
So basically the VMAs?
insertcandyhere 9th-Oct-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
oh so we're still going to pretend t. swift makes country music?
ani_di_franco 9th-Oct-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
This show is always a mess. A clear message about the sad state of radio/popular music.
dottiehinkle 9th-Oct-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
kajsa87 9th-Oct-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Okay...
redaodai 9th-Oct-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
What a mess.

hypermuseic9 9th-Oct-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
One Direction for all the awards!!!

also, why is taylor swift still in the country category. homegurl is not country anymore.
evett 9th-Oct-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
if she is being nominated for "4" then she belongs with the mediocre crap.
phallus 9th-Oct-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
What?! 4 was really good, definitely better than I am Sasha Fierce!
ladywilde80 9th-Oct-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with you on this - Bey is flawless.
julialonso 9th-Oct-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Trying to find out the pop/rock thing on Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Usher. I'm surely missing something.
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