Anyone for a shortlist of this year’s public-voted American Music Awards nominations? No? Well, you’re having one anyway. Rather than draw this out, I’ll just summarise the headlines in some bullet points:
- Overall most-mentioned artistes Rihanna and Nicki Minaj each have four nominations, while a slightly less acclaimed Justin Bieber and One Direction have two apiece.
- Speaking of One Direction, they square off against Brit boyband rivals The Wanted in the Favourite Pop/Rock Band, Duo Or Group category, a sure-to-be fascinating face-off until 1D win.
- Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Train are competing to be America’s Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist, which sounds less like an awards category than a dance class.
- The AMAs ceremony is happening in Los Angeles on 18 Nov.
And that’s all. Oh, bar the noms:
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.
Favourite Male Pop/Rock Artist: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.
Favourite Female Pop/Rock Artist: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.
Favourite Pop/Rock Band, Duo Or Group: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.
Favourite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber – Believe, Maroon 5 – Overexposed, Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, One Direction – Up All Night.
Favourite Rap/Hip Hop Artist: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.
Favourite Rap/Hip Hop Album: J Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story, Drake – Take Care, Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Favourite Male Soul/R&B Artist: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.
Favourite Female Soul/R&B Artist: Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Rihanna.
Favourite Soul/R&B Album: Chris Brown – Fortune, Rihanna – Talk That Talk, Usher – Looking 4 Myself.
Favourite Alternative Rock Artist: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.
Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.
Favourite Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.