2013 AMA Nominations: Will This Be Swift’s Year?
Taylor Swift has won practically every award there is to win in both pop and country, but one has eluded her — the American Music Award for Favorite Album-Pop/Rock. Fearless, the top-selling album of 2009, was nominated for the award but lost to Michael Jackson's Number Ones, which had a resurgence following his death that June. Swift has another shot at the award this year. Her latest album, Red, is nominated, alongside Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience and One Direction's Take Me Home.
It's not a sure thing: Timberlake won in the category in 2003 with his solo debut album, Justified. And One Direction has the kind of young, devoted fans who helped deliver the award to Justin Bieber in two of the last three years.
Swift is also nominated for Favorite Female Artist in both Pop/Rock and Country. She has won the female country award the last five years in a row. She's starting to close in on Reba McEntire's record for the longest continuous winning streak in the category's history (eight years, from 1988 through 1995).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are this year's leading contenders, with six nominations. Swift and Timberlake are next in line, with five each. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna, and Robin Thicke each garnered four.
Miley Cyrus has no nominations — her album was just released this week — but she's set to perform on the show when it airs on ABC on November 24. Will she twerk and/or flash her tongue? You'll have to tune in to find out. Imagine Dragons, who received three nominations, are also set to perform on the show, though it's hard to compete with Miley for attention these days.
The biggest surprise in the nominations was the omission of Jenni Rivera from the list of nominees for Favorite Artist-Latin. There has been a run on Rivera's recordings since she died in a plane crash in Mexico last December. (The nominees in the category are Marc Anthony, who won in 2004, Prince Royce, and Romeo Santos.)
Another surprise: Newcomer Kendrick Lamar is nominated for Favorite Album in Rap/Hip-Hop for his hit debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. He faces Jay Z's Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's The Heist. Among the albums that were passed over for a nomination: Kanye West's Yeezus.