LOS ANGELES — If the top-nominated artists and performers are any indication, this year's American Music Awards might turn out to be an evening dominated by the ladies. As announced by Christina Aguilera on Tuesday (October 9), who was the first AMA performer named, the nominees are led by pop princesses Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, with four nods each.
MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with Aguilera after the nomination announcements in order to glean a few details about what fans might expect from her AMA performance.
"It's very exciting. It's definitely going to be a reflection of what Lotus means to me," said Aguilera. "If you take that album cover and give it a little performance twist, I'll bring that album cover to life, so it's going to be really fun," she teased, and in reference to her barely-there state on that cover, we might be seeing a whole lot of "The Voice" judge on display for that performance.
"I can't give too much away about the songs, but it's definitely going to represent the album because the album is very multilayered," Aguilera continued. "It doesn't represent 'Your Body' as a single tone. It has its ballads; and everything comes from a very sincere, deep-rooted place whether it's having fun or being vulnerable. Vulnerable in the sense of how I did 'Beautiful,' finding strength in your insecurities, finding strength in your toughest times and as my responsibility hold to my fans, to inspire them and also hopefully inspire the next generation of voices and singers so that's what my goal was on this record."
Just behind the leading ladies are Drake, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher, with three nominations each. Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, Fun., Gotye, J. Cole, Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Pitbull are each up for two awards. Winners will be determined by online voting that starts today at amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com, with more performers and presenters to be announced soon.
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