Nominees for the American Music Awards, celebrating its 40th anniversary, were announced yesterday in Los Angeles by Christina Aguilera, who will perform on the live broadcast November 18th on ABC. Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead this year with four nods each. There’s a new category this year, Electronic Dance Music, with nominees including David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex. For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting at ama.abc.com. Nominees include:
Artist Of The Year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Rihanna.
New Artist Of The Year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction.
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Usher.
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Rihanna.
Favorite Band, Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction and The Wanted.
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Justin Bieber – “Believe,” Maroon 5 – “Overexposed,” Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” and One Direction – “Up All Night.”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga.
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop: J. Cole – “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” Drake – “Take Care” and Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Usher.
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna.
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Chris Brown – “Fortune,” Rihanna – “Talk That Talk” and Usher – “Looking 4 Myself.”
Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock: The Black Keys, Gotye and Linkin Park.
Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson and Train.
Favorite Artist – Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull and Shakira.
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys and tobyMac.
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex.