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40th Anniversary American Music Awards

Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are the leading nominees for the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, announced this morning by Christina Aguilera. Christina is the first artist confirmed to perform on the awards show, which will air November 18 on ABC.  (This is video of her performing last year)

Nicki and Rihanna each have four nominations individually. Following with three nods each are Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Drake, One Direction and Usher. The nominees for the most prestigious category — Artist of the Year — are Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna and Drake.

Top country nominees include Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Lionel Richie, who released his first country album this past year. The Alternative Rock nominees include The Black Keys, Gotye and Linkin Park.

Other nominees include Train, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and Trey Songz.

A new category has been added to the AMAs this year: Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist. The nominees in that category are David Guetta, Skrillex and Calvin Harris.

Winners will be determined by online vote; you can vote starting today at AMAVote.com, as well as at AMA.abc.com.

Here are the nominees:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

Drake

Maroon 5

Katy Perry

Rihanna

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

J. Cole

fun.

Gotye

Carly Rae Jepsen

One Direction

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Justin Bieber

Flo Rida

Pitbull

Usher

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Kelly Clarkson

Nicki Minaj

Katy Perry

Rihanna

 

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

fun.

Maroon 5

One Direction

The Wanted

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

Justin Bieber /Believe

Maroon 5/Overexposed

Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

One Direction/Up All Night

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

 

FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines

Lionel Richie/Tuskegee

Carrie Underwood/Blown Away

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

Drake

Nicki Minaj

Tyga

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

J. Cole/Cole World: The Sideline Story

Drake/Take Care

Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Chris Brown

Trey Songz

Usher

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Beyoncé

Mary J. Blige

Rihanna

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

Chris Brown/Fortune

Rihanna/Talk That Talk

Usher/Looking 4 Myself

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

The Black Keys

Gotye

Linkin Park

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Adele

Kelly Clarkson

Train

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

Don Omar

Pitbull

Shakira

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Jeremy Camp

Newsboys

tobyMac

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

David Guetta

Calvin Harris

Skrillex

 

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