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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Individually Lead 2012 Nominations.
Christina Aguilera Confirmed to Perform.
New Electronic Dance Music Category Created.
Winners Determined by Online Voting at amavote.com

On October 9, 2012 Recording artist Christina Aguilera revealed the “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards® (AMAs)” nominations this morning from the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE (see full list of nominees below). It was also announced that Christina Aguilera will be performing on this year’s show which will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.  Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-234-8425.).

For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs” will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 5pm ET / 2pm PT and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski and Tristan Wilds, among other hosts to be announced including a NOKIA correspondent. Viewers will be able to watch the live show on ABC.com, AMAs365.com, Cokemusic.com, Livestream, Ustream, YouTube, and through AP Live Entertainment. Livestream and Ustream-powered video players will be made available to media partners, as well as for the websites and Facebook Pages of participating talent.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna both lead this year with four (4) nominations individually. While Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher follow with three (3) nominations each, and Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J.Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull collected two (2) nominations respectively.  This year’s 2012 Artist of the Year nominees are: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, and Rihanna. This year also marks the creation of the new Electronic Dance Music Category. Nominees include David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex.

For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting starting today. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational and for the first year ever, Electronic Dance Music.  Fans can go to the official homepage of “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards,” ama.abc.com, to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, and more.

“The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” are produced by dick clark productions, inc. (DCP) Allen Shapiro and Orly Adelson will executive produce the show. Larry Klein will produce.

Shapiro, Adelson, and Klein jointly stated, “The 40th American Music Awards will once again represent the epitome of pop culture featuring today’s biggest stars and music icons all on one stage.”

Fans can go to ama.abc.com, AMAs365.com, follow the AMAs on Twitter @theamas, and like the AMAs on Facebook at facebook.com/amas to find performer and presenter announcements, artist information, Memes and Gifs, and more. Starting tomorrow, fans will also be able to watch “AMAs On Demand,” a weekly web series hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, and Megan Turney. The web series will be published weekly to YouTube (youtube.com/awardsshownetwork), ABC.com and other streaming partners. The series will cover all things AMAs including breaking news, artist spotlights, retrospectives on fashion, acceptance speeches, red carpet, and backstage interviews.

AND THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES ARE…

And now, without any further suspense, this year’s nominees are:

POP/ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist:


Justin Bieber

Pitbull

Usher

Flo Rida

Favorite Female Artist:


Rihanna

Kelly Clarkson

Katy Perry

Nicki Minaj

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group:

Maroon 5

fun.

One Direction

The Wanted

Favorite Album:


Justin Bieber/Believe

Maroon 5/Overexposed

Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

One Direction/Up All Night

COUNTRY MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist:

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Jason Aldean

Favorite Female Artist:

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Miranda Lambert

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group:

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album:

Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines

Lionel Richie/Tuskegee

Carrie Underwood/Blown Away

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Artist:


Nicki Minaj

Drake

Tyga

Favorite Album:


J. Cole/ Cole World: The Sideline Story

Drake/ Take Care

Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

SOUL/R&B MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist:


Trey Songz

Chris Brown

Usher

Favorite Female Artist:

Rihanna

Beyonce

Mary J. Blige

Favorite Album:

Chris Brown/ Fortune

Usher/ Looking 4 Myself

Rihanna/ Talk That Talk

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Artist:

The Black Keys

Gotye

Linkin Park

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist:


Adele

Kelly Clarkson

Train

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist:

Pitbull

Shakira

Don Omar

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist:

Jeremy Camp

Newsboys

tobyMac

ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

Favorite Artist:

David Guetta

Skrillex

Calvin Harris

ARTIST OF THE YEAR


Justin Bieber

Drake

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Maroon 5

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

J. Cole

fun.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Gotye

One Direction

About the Voting
American Music Awards® nominees are selected from both BigChampagne’s Ultimate Chart and Mediabase. The Ultimate Chart is a ranked list of the most popular artists and songs based on a weighted combination of music sales, radio and TV broadcast, internet streaming and video viewing, and incorporating additional online metrics, including activity on social networks. Mediabase monitors more than 1,800 radio stations in 180 U.S. and Canadian markets, 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and provides vital airplay and programming information to more than 1,700 affiliate radio stations and every major broadcast group. Winners are chosen by public vote online.

About dick clark productions, inc.
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com

About the American Music Awards
In 1973 Dick Clark created the American Music Awards to pay tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry. For press credential requests, please go tohttp://pmkbnc.wufoo.com/forms/2012-american-music-awards-media-application/. Archived footage and photography are available upon request.

Sources: Dick Clark Productions, http://www.amas365.com, prnewswire.com
Photos credit to: Dick Clark Production

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