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American Music Awards nominees announced (complete list)


The nominations for "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards®" ("AMAs") were announced this morning. Music superstar Christina Aquilera was on hand to announce who is up for this year's awards. Aguilera will be performing on this year's show which will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Once again the live online pre-show "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs," will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 p.m., ET / 2:00 p.m., PT and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski and Tristan Wilds, among other hosts to be announced. Viewers will be able to watch the live show on ABC.com, AMAs365.com, Cokemusic.com, Livestream, Ustream, YouTube and through AP Live Entertainment. Livestream and Ustream-powered video players will be made available to media partners, as well as for the websites and Facebook Pages of participating talent.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna both lead this year with 4 nominations, while Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher follow with 3 nominations each and Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J.Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan and Pitbull collected 2 nominations. 

This year's 2012 Artist of the Year nominees are Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Rihanna. This year also marks the creation of the new Electronic Dance Music Category. Nominees include David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex. 

For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational and -- for the first year ever -- Electronic Dance Music. Fans can go to the official homepage of "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards," ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.

Fans can go to ama.abc.com, AMAs365.com, follow the AMAs on Twitter @theamas, and like the AMAs on Facebook at facebook.com/amas to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, Memes, Gifs and more. Starting tomorrow, fans will also be able to watch "AMAs On Demand," a weekly web series hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole and Megan Turney. The web series will be published weekly to YouTube (youtube.com/awardsshownetwork), ABC.com and other streaming partners and will cover all things "AMA," including breaking news, artist spotlights, retrospectives on fashion, acceptance speeches, red carpet and backstage interviews. 


2012 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 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 
* Beyonce
* 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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