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Much like the MTV Video Music Awards, the actual statuettes handed out at the American Music Awards are almost entirely beside the point.

While nobody can ever really recall who won awards seconds after they are handed out, the AMAs always provide a tremendous TV broadcast, full of performances from artists plugging high-profile fall albums. In the past few years, they have really upped the ante on the on-stage components of the show, which have made it a can’t-miss for pop music enthusiasts.

Of course, they’re still going to hand out awards too, and the usual suspects dominate the list of nominations, which just came out today: Adele, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift lead the nominations, with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Beyoncé all picking up multiple noms themselves.

There are a handful of interesting head-to-heads going on in the nominations, too, as former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé will compete for Soul/R&B Favorite Female Artist, and former lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown square off for Soul/R&B Album.

Check out the full list of nominations below.

Artist of the Year


Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

Lil Wayne

Taylor Swift

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist


Katy Perry

Lady Gaga

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars


Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group


Maroon 5


Pop or Rock Album

Adele, 21

Rihanna, Loud

Lady Gaga, Born This Way

Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist

Lil Wayne

Nicki Minaj

Kanye West

Rap/Hip-Hop Album

Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV

The Throne, Watch the Throne

Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Male Artist

Chris Brown

Trey Songz


Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist



Kelly Rowland

Soul/R&B Album

Chris Brown, F.A.M.E.

Rihanna, Loud

Beyoncé, 4

Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist

Foo Fighters

Black Keys

Mumford & Sons

Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist


Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Latin Music: Favorite Artist


Enrique Iglesias

Jennifer Lopez

Country Music: Favorite Female Artist

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Country Music: Favorite Male Artist

Jason Aldean

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

The Band Perry

Country Music: Favorite Album

Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party

Taylor Swift, Speak Now

The Band Perry, The Band Perry

Based on this list of nominations, who do you expect to be performing at the show? And who do you hope walks away with an AMA? Let us know in the comments!