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article imageAmerican Music Awards reveal nominees as it enters 40th year

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By Tim O'Brien     Oct 9, 2012 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The 40th anniversary of The American Music Awards has arrived. No, not quite, the nominations have been announced, and thus, this question can now be asked.
Are these still relevant? Now, go ahead and debate. But, after 40 years, one thing is for sure. They are not needed, but here we go anyway. As the title suggests, American Music Awards do mean American artists, right. This means Justin Bieber, from North America qualifies, but does One Direction, an English boy band? Oh, and Goyte. Are there more?
Albeit, this is a bit tongue-in-cheek because the AMAs themselves note it is all about music and what is popular in American music. So, it is not just American music, as it should be.The title itself suggests that and for its entire run, this award show has had that dragging on it for many who cover it - year after year. The Grammys can take of what Dick Clark had in mind. If Clark put on a show in which the title suggests, then it would make sense.
Here is their note about the American Music Awards: In 1973 Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to pay tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry. This leads to the question again. Are these needed?
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the pack with four nominations apiece, while Drake, Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher each have three. Online voting starts Tuesday (Oct. 9) and go here, or here.
The full list of 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
Beyoncé
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
The awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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