American Music Award Nominations Announced

Posted on 10/11/2011 at 2:30 PM

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We’d begin this article with some sarcastic preamble about how nobody cares about the AMAs, but whatever—they’re an award show, we’ll probably watch them just because. The nominees for this year’s ceremonies were announced earlier today, courtesy of the lovely and exuberant Nicki Minaj and the, uh, bald Pitbull, with most of the big names from this year in pop music among the big recipients (Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift and Chris Brown) receiving multiple nominations.

The only real surprise comes with Rihanna’s Loud album being nominated in the Best Album categories for both Pop and R&B—which, considering that there are only three nominees per category to begin with and considering that Rihanna hasn’t really been considerable as R&B for some time now—doesn’t seem quite right to us. Also, someone considers Katy Perry adult contemporary? Weird adults.

Here’s the complete list of nominees, with the awards to come live from the NOKIA Theatre on Sunday, November 20th. You can vote for your favorites on the ABC web site.

Best Pop / Rock Female:

Katy Perry
Lady GaGa

Pop / Rock Male:

Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars

Pop / Rock Duo or Group:

Maroon 5

Pop / Rock Album:

Adele – 21
Rihanna – Loud
Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Country Female:

Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift

Country Male:

Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

Country Duo or Group:

The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum

Country Album:

Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party
The Band Perry – The Band Perry
Taylor Swift – Speak Now

Rap / Hip-Hop Artist:

Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Rap / Hip-Hop Album:

Lil Wayne – The Carter IV
The Throne – Watch The Throne
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Soul / R&B Male:

Chris Brown
Trey Songz

Soul / R&B Female:

Kelly Rowland

Soul / R&B Album:

Chris Brown – F.A.M.E
Rihanna – Loud
Beyoncé – 4

Alternative Rock Artist:

Black Keys
Foo Fighters
Mumford & Sons

Adult Contemporary Artist:

Bruno Mars
Katy Perry

Latin Artist:

Enrique Iglesias
Jennifer Lopez

Contemporary Inspirational Artist:

Casting Crowns
Third Day

Artist of The Year:

Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Lil Wayne
Taylor Swift

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