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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj tied for most American Music Awards nods -- Full list

Let’s hope everyone can keep it civil for a night.

The nominees for the 40th American Music Awards were announced today, and the list looks more or less how you might expect it to. With four nods a piece, reigning hip-hop queens Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the list, and even go head to head in the “Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock” category. Other big nominees include Drake, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and Usher, who each snagged three chances to take home those coveted pyramid-shaped trophies.

In addition to your usual Top 40 hang-abouts, there’ll be some new faces at the Nov. 14 ceremony: EDM artists. In response to the the genre’s growing popularity, the AMAs have added a new category honoring your favorite EDM artist of the year (winners are determined by online voting, which begins Tuesday). The category’s inaugural nominees include David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and good ol’ Skrillex; Taylor Swift, of course, was not eligible this year, as her dubstep masterpiece just missed the deadline.

Take a look at the full list below and let us know how you think the AMAs are looking this year:


Justin Bieber dons yellow zebra pants, shuffles on stage with LMFAO at the AMAs: Watch it here!

After a night of electro-fizzy, TRON-imitating, backing track-assisted performances, LMFAO appropriately closed the 2011 American Music Awards (Check out the winners!) with a thumping medley of “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It.”

The afro’d duo provided all the typical pop tropes people have come to expect at an awards show like this. You know, giant robot heads, laser beams shooting from the ceiling, glittery bras, and an entire crowd of people wearing 3-D glasses — the stuff music is really about, at least according to the AMAs.

One thing most performance don’t have, though? A dancing cameo by pop culture’s favorite 5’3″ teen sensation: Justin Bieber.

Wearing a yellow pair of LMFAO’s trademark Zubaz pants, Bieber hopped into the middle of the rowdy dance circle and shuffled out a chorus to “Party Rock Anthem” while wearing a sleeveless black shirt with the word “SEXY” emblazoned across the chest. Check out the finale performance below (Bieber appears around the 2:45 mark): READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson's jazzy, big-band version of 'Mr. Know It All' at the AMAs: What did you think?

At the American Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson came out swingin’.

Not only did the original American Idol, clad in a sparkly red mermaid gown, dismiss rumors about her record label conflicts, sexuality, and style by belting, “You don’t know a thing about me,” to “reporters,” but she flipped the switch on her pop/R&B-lite single “Mr. Know It All,” turning it into a brassy big-band production.

Surrounded by the 1930s equivalent of paparazzi (or maybe just the cast of Newsies), Clarkson bopped and swayed to the jazzy trombone blasts, and she nailed her big chorus riffs at the end of the number. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

American Music Awards -- The AMAs winners list

Favorite Duo or Group: Maroon 5

Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna

Favorite Country Band: Lady Antebellum

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj

Special Award (for being the first woman to have five #1 singles from one album) : Katy Perry

Favorite New Artist: Hot Chelle Rae

Favorite Latin Artist: Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Soul/R&B Female: Beyonce

Favorite Pop/Rock Male: Bruno Mars

Favorite Country Album: Taylor Swift, Speak Now

Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Adele

Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

American Music Awards 2011: Come for the performances by Maroon 5, Drake, Kelly Clarkson and others, stay for the sales bump

This Sunday, the 39th annual American Music Awards will be beamed into your living room live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The fact that they even hand out those strange props from 2001: A Space Odyssey as prizes is barely the point; did you actually remember that Justin Bieber walked away with four awards in 2010?

Even the show itself seems to know the actual statuettes are sort of arbitrary; they will be doled out according to fan voting, which means that the artists with the most mobilized internet presences will be walking away with new mantlepieces.

But the American Music Awards do prove useful for the music business — they provide a big, spangly event that showcases (most of) pop’s major artists right around the time that people are thinking of making their holiday music purchases.

Like many other businesses that rely on retail sales, the music industry always gets a huge boost during the holidays as people rush to fill stockings with new releases, holiday albums, iTunes gift cards, and luxury items like box sets and vinyl. Conveniently, the AMAs give artists with product to move a stage on which to make their pitches to a national television audience, provided that people actually tune in ( this Sunday night’s NFL game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles promises to cut into the numbers some). READ FULL STORY

AMAs announce more performers, including Justin Bieber and Kelly Clarkson. Who are you most excited for?

The list of AMA performers keeps growing. The American Music Awards announced today that Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 will be performing at this year’s ceremony, airing November 20th on ABC.

It’s no secret that on one watches for the actual awards — fan-voting means predictable, Bieber-fevered results. But the AMAs do attract top-tier performers, and this year is no exception. I can’t wait to see the inevitable Christina  Aguilera/Maroon 5 “Moves like Jagger” duet. I just hope FoxNews doesn’t show a clip of the performance…right, Adam?

It’s also a safe bet that viewers will be treated to a Justin Bieber Christmas song (fingers crossed for a Mariah Carey surprise guest appearance!) as well as previously-announced Katy Perry performing her new single.

I’m sure Perry is hoping a live performance will give her the edge over other Artist of the Year noms Adele, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift (and Lil’ Wayne, but let’s get real. He doesn’t stand a chance.) On second thought, great performance or not, Perry won’t upset. Lady Gaga’s little Monsters are going to be voting until their fingers break off. READ FULL STORY

Adele, Lady Gaga lead American Music Awards nominations

Much like the MTV Video Music Awards, the actual statuettes handed out at the American Music Awards are almost entirely beside the point.

While nobody can ever really recall who won awards seconds after they are handed out, the AMAs always provide a tremendous TV broadcast, full of performances from artists plugging high-profile fall albums. In the past few years, they have really upped the ante on the on-stage components of the show, which have made it a can’t-miss for pop music enthusiasts.

Of course, they’re still going to hand out awards too, and the usual suspects dominate the list of nominations, which just came out today: Adele, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift lead the nominations, with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Beyoncé all picking up multiple noms themselves.

There are a handful of interesting head-to-heads going on in the nominations, too, as former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé will compete for Soul/R&B Favorite Female Artist, and former lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown square off for Soul/R&B Album.

Check out the full list of nominations below. READ FULL STORY

Adam Lambert on VH1's 'Behind the Music': His struggle with his sexuality -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

When eventual runner-up Adam Lambert hit American Idol back in 2009, the buzz about the singer wasn’t only focused on his stellar vocals–much of the din about Lambert instead was about his sexuality, which he didn’t address directly until after the season was completed.

It’s still a hot topic, as Lambert discusses when he first realized he was gay in the latest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Adam Lambert, which will air on the cable network Sunday, August 7, at 10 p.m. EW has the exclusive preview clip of the hour-long episode.


AMAs: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block knock our socks off

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To quote Usher: Oh. My. God. The American Music Awards got a blast from boy band past tonight when the Backstreet Boys took the stage with New Kids on the Block, forming one powerful, parenthetical song title-loving group called NKOTBSB. (The two groups are slated to tour together next summer. Squee!) They sang some of their greatest hits during the well-choreographed performance: Backstreet’s “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “I Want It That Way,” and “Larger Than Life,” and New Kids’ “Step By Step,” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff.)” The two groups clearly rehearsed more than any other artist who took the stage tonight, and the audience, in turn, loved it. Anyone old enough to be a child/teen/music lover of the 1990s could be seen mouthing along to most of the lyrics. (Watch the performance after the jump.)

‘Fess up: Who’s ready to buy tour tickets? READ FULL STORY

AMAs: Artist of the Year goes to...

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Baby, baby, baby, oh, did Justin Bieber have a big night at the American Music Awards! The tween sensation picked up three awards during the evening (and a fourth off-air), including the night’s biggest honor: Artist of the Year. (Fun fact: Bieber is officially the youngest to take home the top prize.) And though he dedicated his first two awards to God and Michael Jackson, he saved the third win for his mentor — taking the stage for his acceptance speech, Bieber said, “You know, I really got this opportunity really about a year-and-a-half ago, and really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. And I don’t know, but I feel like he’s had such an amazing ride, and it would only be right if I invited up here to share this with me. Not only my mentor, but my best friend and my big brother. I love you man.”

Sweet gesture?

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