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Lionel Richie SXSW 2012 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Lionel Richie SXSW 2012 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Lionel Richie Up For American Music Award… For Best Country Album

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on October 10, 2012

in News

It’s the 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards, a show started by Dick Clark as an alternative to the Grammys in 1973.

Lionel Richie SXSW 2012 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Lionel Richie SXSW 2012 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

The difference between the two awards is that the Grammys are voted on by industry members whereas the AMA’s are voted by the people.

As always, the AMA’s salute the biggest selling artists in a variety of genres and, usually, the fans pick the flavor of the moment at the time of voting. That’s why it is very rare for a veteran artist to make the cut.

This year, Lionel Richie actually made the cut, in the country category, for his smash album Tuskeegee.

Overall, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations with four each while Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher have three each and Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J.Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan and Pitbull each have two.

The awards will be given out on November 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.

The nominees:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Maroon 5
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • J. Cole
  • fun.
  • Gotye
  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • One Direction
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
  • Justin Bieber
  • Flo Rida
  • Pitbull
  • Usher
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
  • fun.
  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction
  • The Wanted
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
  • Believe – Justin Bieber
  • Overexposed – Maroon 5
  • Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj
  • Up All Night – One Direction
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Rascal Flatts
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
  • Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
  • Tuskegee – Lionel Richie
  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
  • Drake
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Tyga
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
  • Cole World: The Sideline Story – J. Cole
  • Take Care – Drake
  • Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
  • Chris Brown
  • Trey Songz
  • Usher
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
  • Beyoncé
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Rihanna
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
  • Fortune – Chris Brown
  • Talk That Talk – Rihanna
  • Looking 4 Myself – Usher
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
  • The Black Keys
  • Gotye
  • Linkin Park
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
  • Adele
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Train
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
  • Don Omar
  • Pitbull
  • Shakira
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Newsboys
  • tobyMac
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
  • David Guetta
  • Calvin Harris
  • Skrillex

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