Gone — but certainly not forgotten.
The late Michael Jackson has received five nominations for an 2009 American Music Award, including the highly-coveted Artist Of The Year.
Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kings of Leon were also nominated for Artist of the Year.
The nominations were announced Tuesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel by former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, Idol runner-up Adam Lambert and Snoop Dog.
Jackson –who died June 25th of cardiac arrest at his Holmby Hills mansion–was nominated in both the Pop/Rock and the Soul/R&B categories.
In addition to being nominated for Artist Of The Year, Jackson was also nominated as Favorite Male Artist in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories.
He was also nominated in both the Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories for Favorite Album for Number Ones.
In all, Taylor Swift leads the nominations race this year with six total nominations, Jackson follows with five nominations, Eminem follows with four nominations and Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and T.I. collected three nominations respectively.
Michael Jackson Movie Screenings Sell Out Fast
Nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards are in eight categories: Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin Music, Alternative Music, Contemporary Inspirational, and Adult Contemporary categories.
A total of 20 awards will be presented during the 2009 American Music Awards ceremony, which will air live on Sunday, November 22 on ABC.