Michael Jakson, Taylor Swift lead American Music Awards nominations

08:05, October 15, 2009      

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Michael Jackson was nominated on Oct. 13 for five prizes at the 2009 American Music Awards, including artist of the year.

Almost four months after his shocking death, Jackson was also nominated for favourite male artist. And the late singer’s album “Number One” was nominated for favourite album in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B category.

Despite being the best-selling artist of the year, he still trailed young country star Taylor Swift, who earned six nominations, including artist of the year.

Taylor Swift came into inadvertent notice at the MTV Video Music Awards last month when rapper Kanye West interrupted her best female video award acceptance speech to say Beyonce deserved the award instead.

T.I. was nominated for favorite male rap star, and his "Paper Trail" disc was nominated for favorite rap album of the year.

Favorite female artist nominees were Lady Gaga, Swift and Beyonce.

Swift also has a chance to win best country album, best adult contemporary artist and best female country artist. Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood are also in the running for best female country artist.

Winners are determined by an online vote of fans and will be announced in Los Angeles on Nov. 22. The nominees were selected through a measurement combining sales and radio airplay.

Source: Xinhuanet/Agencies
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