The 2009 American Music Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (October 13), and a diverse collection of artists will battle it out when the show airs live on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
Country superstar [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] nabbed six total nods, while [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] secured five and [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] received four. Three artists are nominated for each category.
Swift’s nominations include Artist of the Year; Favorite Country Album (for Fearless); Favorite Female Pop or Rock Artist; and Favorite Female Country Artist. MJ was also recognized in the Pop or Rock Artist of Year category, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album (for Number Ones). Em’s nominations include Artist of the Year; Favorite Male Pop or Rock Artist; Favorite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist; and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album (for Relapse).
Rounding out the Artist of the Year category are [artist id="1233888"]Kings of Leon[/artist] (one of three nods the group received) and [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] (one of three she received). Also receiving three nominations are [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist], [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] and the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist].
T.I. will face off against Eminem and [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, while Favorite Soul/R&B Album will pit Beyoncé against BEP and Jackson. For Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock, Gaga’s competition is Beyoncé and Swift.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s “Twilight” also was recognized and will battle against “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “Hannah Montana 3″ in the Favorite Soundtrack Album category.
Before the nominations were released, “American Idol” star Adam Lambert announced on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that he plans to perform at the AMAs, singing the first single from his still untitled debut album. [artist id="503203"]Alicia Keys[/artist], Black Eyed Peas, [artist id="508574"]Jennifer Lopez[/artist] are also slated to perform on the show.