American Music Awards

Nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards were announced this morning, with country darling Taylor Swift leading the pack of America’s most talented with six nominations, followed by Michael Jackson with five, and rapper Eminem with four. Many acts tied with the three nominations, including solo artists Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and T.I., along with chart-topping groups Kings Of Leon and Black Eyed Peas.

In Beverly Hills this morning, Paula Abdul reunited with former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, along with Snoop Dogg, to announce the nominations for the 37th year of the popular televised awards show—which will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8 p.m. EST from the Nokia Theatre L.A.—along with the scheduled performers, which include Adam Lambert himself, and Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Lopez.

The coveted Artist of the Year category sees the late Michael Jackson, representing the Soul/R&B category, up against four of this year’s biggest acts, each representing a different genre: Taylor Swift (Country), Lady Gaga (Pop/Rock), Eminem (Rap/Hip-Hop) and Kings of Leon (Alternative).

Fans will be choosing the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award winner, which honors the year’s most promising new artist. Fans can vote at ama.abc.com. See the full list of nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards below.

POP or ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist: Eminem, Michael Jackson, T.I.
Favorite Female Artist: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, Nickelback
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 Grou:  Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band
Favorite Album Rascal: Flatts/ Unstoppable, Taylor Swift / Fearless, Zac Brown Band / Foundation

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist: Eminem, Jay-Z, T. I.
Favorite Album: Eminem / Relapse, Jay-Z / Blueprint, 3 T.I. / Paper Trail    

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist: Jamie Foxx, Michael Jackson, Maxwell
Favorite Female Artist: Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas ,Day26, Mary Mary
Favorite Album: Beyonce / I Am…Sasha Fierce, Black Eyed Peas / The E.N.D., Michael Jackson / Number Ones

SOUNDTRACKS

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

ALTERNATIVE ROCK  MUSIC

Favorite Artist: Green Day, Kings of Leon, Shinedown

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist: Daughtry, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist: Aventura Luis, Fonsi Wisin, Y Yandel

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist: Jeremy Camp ,Brandon Heath, Mary Mary

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
X Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist – Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
X Country Breakthrough Artist – Gloriana, Zac Brown Band
X Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist – Keri Hilson, Jermiah

X Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist – Drake, Kid Cudi

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