Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift
Country singer Taylor Swift and the late Michael Jackson lead the nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards, which were announced Tuesday.
Swift garnered six nominations, including artist of the year and favorite pop/rock female artist. Jackson is up for artist of the year and favorite pop/rock male artist. Swift and Jackson will compete against Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga and Eminem for artist of the year.
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Eminem received a total of four nominations while Kings of Leon and Lady Gaga each received three nods. Beyoncé, T.I. and the Black Eyed Peas also took home three nominations apiece.
For the first time, fans will pick the four nominees for breakthrough artist from semifinalists Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, Gloriana, Zac Brown Band, Keri Hilson, Jermiah, Drake and Kid Cudi.
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Multiple nominees the Black Eyed Peas, along with Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, will perform on the Nov. 22 telecast, which will air live from Los Angeles at 8/7c on ABC.