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Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift Lead AMA Nominees

Both are Artist of the Year contenders, along with Eminem, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon.

Taylor Swift and the late Michael Jackson top the list of nominees at the American Music Awards, announced Tuesday. Both are among nominees for 2009 artist of the year, along with Lady Gaga, Eminem and Kings of Leon.

The AMAs will be presented Nov. 22 in a ceremony broadcast live on ABC from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater.

Among artists slated to perform on the show is “American Idol’s” Adam Lambert, debuting music from his upcoming CD. Also performing are Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Lopez.

Taylor Swift, who received worldwide attention when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech at the MTV Music Video Awards in September, received six AMA nominations.

Jackson had five nominations, including favorite male artist in both R&B and pop/rock categories.

Eminem earned four nominations, followed by Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and T.I. with three apiece.

Paula Abdul, Lambert and Snoop Dogg announced the nominees Tuesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Artists will be honored in the categories of pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary, Latin and contemporary inspirational.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the award show, will stream a live online pre-show from the red carpet, hosted by Julie Moran; it will be available on ABC.com, Ustream.com and mycokerewards.com and mycoke.com.

Tickets to the show are available through Ticketmaster.

Nominees were selected from data supplied by the Nielsen Co.’s Broadcast Data Systems, which monitors radio airplay performance, and Soundscan, which tracks retail music sales.

For the third year, winners will be determined by online voting, which begins Tuesday at www.ama.abc.com, www.amavote.com and www.mycokerewards.com.

The nominees are: 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon
Taylor Swift
Lady Gaga
Eminem
Michael Jackson

POP/ROCK – Favorite Male Artist
Eminem
Michael Jackson
T.I.

POP/ROCK – Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

POP/ROCK – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Nickelback

POP/ROCK – Favorite Album
Fame – Lady Gaga
Number Ones – Michael Jackson
Fearless – Taylor Swift

COUNTRY – Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

COUNTRY – Favorite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

COUNTRY – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band

COUNTRY – Favorite Album
Unstoppable – Rascal Flatts
Fearless – Taylor Swift
Foundation – Zac Brown Band

RAP/HIP-HOP – Favorite Male Artist
Eminem
Jay-Z
T.I.

RAP/HIP-HOP – Favorite Album
Relapse – Eminem
Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
Paper Trail – T.I.
 

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Male Artist
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson
Maxwell

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Day26
Mary Mary

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Album
I Am…Sasha Fierce – Beyonce
The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas
Number Ones – Michael Jackson

SOUNDTRACKS – Favorite Album
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
Twilight Soundtrack

ALTERNATIVE ROCK – Favorite Artist
Green Day
Kings of Leon
Shinedown

ADULT CONTEMPORARY – Favorite Artist
Daughtry
Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift

LATIN – Favorite Artist
Aventura
Luis Fonsi
Wisin Y Yandel

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL – Favorite Artist
Jeremy Camp
Brandon Heath
Mary Mary