Taylor Swift dominates American Music Award nominations

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Taylor Swift topped the list of nominees for the 37th annual American Music Awards announced yesterday. The country-pop superstar garnered six nominations and was followed by the late Michael Jackson (five) and rapper Eminem (four). Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, T.I. and the Black Eyed Peas each earned three nominations.

Swift, Jackson and Eminem will face competition from Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon for the top prize of the 2009 Artist of the Year award. Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert and Snoop Dogg announced the nominees at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

ABC will broadcast the 2009 American Music Awards live on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. AMA nominations are divided into several categories (Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin and Contemporary Inspirational) and are based on data provided by The Nielsen Company’s Broadcast Data Systems, which monitors radio airplay performance, and Soundscan, which tracks retail music sales. The complete list of nominees is shown below.

Winners will be determined through an online vote open to the general public through the AMA’s website. Additionally, fans will be able to vote for the final four nominees in the& T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award. Voting& is now open through October 26, when the final nominees will be announced and voting will begin to determine the winner.

Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and Adam Lambert were all announced as the first batch of performers for the 37th annual AMAs. More acts and presenters will be revealed in the coming weeks

The 2009 American Music Awards Nominees:

POP/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 Group
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Album
Rascal Flatts, Unstoppable
Taylor Swift, Fearless
Zac Brown Band, The 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

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
Kings of Leon
Taylor Swift
Lady Gaga
Eminem
Michael Jackson

T-MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Kings of Leon
Lady Gaga
Gloriana
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
Jermiah
Drake
Kid Cudi

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