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2009 American Music Awards


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The 37th Annual American Music Awards
(winners will appear highlighted in red)


"The 2009 American Music Awards" will air on Sunday, November 22 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. "The 37th Annual American Music Awards" is produced by Larry Klein and executive-produced by Orly Adelson. The ceremony will feature a star-studded lineup of music's top artists and acts.

The 2009 American Music Awards will honor artists in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin and Contemporary Inspirational. For the third year in a row, winners will be determined by online voting at www.amavote.com and www.mycokerewards.com, which will be live the day of the nominations.


2009 American Music Award Nominations

Artist of the Year
Eminem
Michael Jackson
Kings of Leon
Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift

International Award of Excellence
Whitney Houston

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist
Gloriana
Keri Hilson
Kid Cudi
Lady Gaga




Pop/Rock

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Eminem
Michael Jackson
T.I.

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Beyoncé
Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Nickelback


Favorite Pop/Rock Album
"Number Ones" — Michael Jackson
"The Fame" — Lady Gaga
"Fearless" — Taylor Swift




Country

Favorite Country Music Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker

Keith Urban

Favorite Country Music Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Music Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band


Favorite Country Music Album
"Unstoppable" — Rascal Flatts
"Fearless" — Taylor Swift
"The Foundation" — Zac Brown Band



Soul/Rhythm & Blues

Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Male Artist
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson
Maxwell

Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist
Beyoncé
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson


Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Day26
Mary Mary


Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Album
"I Am . . . Sasha Fierce" — Beyoncé
"The E.N.D." — Black Eyed Peas

"Number Ones" — Michael Jackson



Rap/Hip-Hop

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist
Eminem
Jay-Z
T.I.

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
"Relapse" — Eminem
"The Blueprint 3" — Jay-Z
"Paper Trail" — T.I.



Adult Contemporary Music

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Daughtry
Jason Mraz

Taylor Swift



Alternative Rock Music

Favorite Alternative Rock Artist
Green Day
Kings of Leon
Shinedown




Latin Music

Favorite Latin Music Artist
Aventura
Luis Fonsi
Wisin Y Yandel




Contemporary Inspirational

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Jeremy Camp
Brandon Heath

Mary Mary



Soundtrack

Favorite Soundtrack Album
"Hannah Montana: The Movie" Soundtrack
"Hannah Montana 3" Soundtrack

"Twilight" Soundtrack


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Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift Win Big at AMAs
by Sandy Cohen, Associated Press Entertainment Writer


Jermaine Jackson accepts the award for best soul R&B favorite male artist on behalf of his late brother, Michael

LOS ANGELES, California – Michael Jackson made history by posthumously winning four American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he couldn't beat Taylor Swift as the year's favorite artist and the evening's top winner.

The 19-year-old took the show's top award, giving Jackson his only loss of the night, and giving her five trophies in all. "Music has never been ultimately about competition," she said as she accepted the top prize via satellite from London, where she is to perform Monday. "To even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who we will miss and love forever, is an unimaginable honor."

Swift was also named favorite female pop/rock and country artist and favorite adult-contemporary artist. Her album, "Fearless," won favorite country album. Jackson was voted favorite male artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. His 2003 greatest-hits album, "Number Ones," also won favorite album in both categories, bringing his career AMA total to 23, making him the most honored artist in AMA history.



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The victories came during a performance-filled show that closed with an S&M-themed, sexually charged performance by Adam Lambert which included him shoving a male dancer's face into his crotch.

Jackson's trophies were accepted by his brother Jermaine, who paid tribute to his late brother by wearing glittery white glove. He thanked "Allah for blessing my entire family" and named each of his brothers and sisters.

He said the message of Michael, who died in June at age 50, is more important than any award. "The message that Michael had will live on forever," he said. "He saw good in everyone and he wanted everyone to do good. He always started with love."



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Jackson's victories were among the highlights of the evening, which also featured an eye-popping performance by Lady Gaga, a special award for Whitney Houston and that jaw-dropping number from Lambert, who traded in his "American Idol" image for sex, leather and chains Sunday.

On an elaborate set filled with stairs and platforms, Lambert fondled a female dancer, kissed an androgynous band mate and led two leather-clad men across the stage on leashes as he sang the title track from his new CD, "For Your Entertainment," out this week.

Lady Gaga, wearing a "Alien"-inspired headdress and vest filled with lights, performed songs from her new album, "The Fame Monster," also due in stores this week. She used her microphone to break into a glass case where a grand piano stood. It caught fire when she sat down to play.



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Whitney Houston made a resplendent return to the AMA stage with an elegant performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." The 46-year-old entertainer also received the International Award of Excellence for her musical and philanthropic contributions. She dedicated the honor to her daughter, music mogul Clive Davis and "everybody who supported me."

The American Music Awards honor the year's top-selling artists in eight popular genres, and fans voted for the winners online. But even more than awards, the AMAs are about performances, and more than a dozen of them filled Sunday's show.

The Black Eyed Peas, voted favorite pop/rock band, energized the crowd when they performed two of the year's most popular hits: "I Got A Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow." Rihanna returned to the AMA stage, sporting blonde hair, a skintight, white peek-a-boo bodysuit and a tattoo down the front of her neck that read "Rated R," the name of her new album, out this week.



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Janet Jackson opened the show with a medley of some of the biggest hits from her long career — all tracks that appear on her new greatest-hits collection, also called "Number Ones." Jennifer Lopez added a boxing motif to her dance-filled performance, but she slipped during a tricky move and landed on her bottom.

Alicia Keys and Jay-Z dueted on their ode to New York City. Shakira was flanked by a dozen dancers in tiny black bodysuits as she sang her new single. Kelly Clarkson performed a stripped down version of her hit, "Already Gone," backed by a string quartet.

Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong confessed backstage that the show left him star-struck. "When you see all the talent that's in the room like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga," he said, "it's like holy moly, these are huge people." Green Day was voted favorite alternative artist. Other winners Sunday included Jay-Z, wife Beyonce, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts.





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