Much like the MTV Video Music Awards, the actual statuettes handed out at the American Music Awards are almost entirely beside the point.
While nobody can ever really recall who won awards seconds after they are handed out, the AMAs always provide a tremendous TV broadcast, full of performances from artists plugging high-profile fall albums. In the past few years, they have really upped the ante on the on-stage components of the show, which have made it a can’t-miss for pop music enthusiasts.
Of course, they’re still going to hand out awards too, and the usual suspects dominate the list of nominations, which just came out today: Adele, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift lead the nominations, with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Beyoncé all picking up multiple noms themselves.
There are a handful of interesting head-to-heads going on in the nominations, too, as former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé will compete for Soul/R&B Favorite Female Artist, and former lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown square off for Soul/R&B Album.
Check out the full list of nominations below.
Artist of the Year
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Pop or Rock Album
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
The Throne, Watch the Throne
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Male Artist
Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist
Chris Brown, F.A.M.E.
Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist
Mumford & Sons
Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist
Latin Music: Favorite Artist
Country Music: Favorite Female Artist
Country Music: Favorite Male Artist
Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
The Band Perry
Country Music: Favorite Album
Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
Taylor Swift, Speak Now
The Band Perry, The Band Perry
Based on this list of nominations, who do you expect to be performing at the show? And who do you hope walks away with an AMA? Let us know in the comments!
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