The American Music Awards Nominations: Hey, Did You Know Adele Sold A Lot Of Albums This Year?

The American Music Awards Nominations: Hey, Did You Know Adele Sold A Lot Of Albums This Year?
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You can have your Grammys and your Mercury Prizes and your Polaris Prizes and whatever other musical prizes honor things like "talent" and "artistry"—the most honest awards show in pop music, though, is undoubtedly the American Music Awards, the annual exercise in silliness that figures out its nominee pool via metrics like sales and "social-networking activity" and calls each category "Favorite" instead of "Best" and puts its weight behind that claim by throwing open the voting process to the unwashed texting masses. Which is why last year Justin Bieber took home a lot of hardware, and why this year he probably has the Favorite Male Pop Or Rock Artist award on lock as well. (If only the show's producers had determined the evening's performers this way—we'd have all been spared Gavin Rossdale's horrifying attempt to channel Marc Bolan while Carlos Santana noodled beside him.) This year's nominees were announced this morning, and it probably shouldn't be too surprising that Adele is dominant, what with her being the record-sales-related story of 2k11 and all. Full list of nominees after the jump. Note that the New Artist award has a couple of nice left-field nominees (Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius), although there's no way LMFAO doesn't shuffle off with the prize.

Artist of the Year Adele Lady Gaga Katy Perry Lil Wayne Taylor Swift

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist Adele Katy Perry Lady Gaga

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist Justin Bieber Bruno Mars Pitbull

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group LMFAO Maroon 5 OneRepublic

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 Usher

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist Rihanna Beyoncé 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 Adele Bruno Mars Katy Perry

Latin Music: Favorite Artist Pitbull 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

New Artist Of The Year Miguel Wiz Khalifa The Band Perry Marsha Ambrosius Foster the People Hot Chelle Rae LMFAO Thompson Square

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