We'd begin this article with some sarcastic preamble about how nobody cares about the AMAs, but whatever—they're an award show, we'll probably watch them just because. The nominees for this year's ceremonies were announced earlier today, courtesy of the lovely and exuberant Nicki Minaj and the, uh, bald Pitbull, with most of the big names from this year in pop music among the big recipients (Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift and Chris Brown) receiving multiple nominations.

The only real surprise comes with Rihanna's Loud album being nominated in the Best Album categories for both Pop and R&B—which, considering that there are only three nominees per category to begin with and considering that Rihanna hasn't really been considerable as R&B for some time now—doesn't seem quite right to us. Also, someone considers Katy Perry adult contemporary? Weird adults.

Here's the complete list of nominees, with the awards to come live from the NOKIA Theatre on Sunday, November 20th. You can vote for your favorites on the ABC web site.

Best Pop / Rock Female:


Katy Perry

Lady GaGa

Pop / Rock Male:

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars


Pop / Rock Duo or Group:


Maroon 5


Pop / Rock Album:

Adele - 21

Rihanna - Loud

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Country Female:

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Country Male:

Jason Aldean

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Country Duo or Group:

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Country Album:

Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party

The Band Perry - The Band Perry

Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Rap / Hip-Hop Artist:

Lil Wayne

Nicki Minaj

Kanye West

Rap / Hip-Hop Album:

Lil Wayne - The Carter IV

The Throne - Watch The Throne

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

Soul / R&B Male:

Chris Brown

Trey Songz


Soul / R&B Female:



Kelly Rowland

Soul / R&B Album:

Chris Brown - F.A.M.E

Rihanna - Loud

Beyoncé - 4

Alternative Rock Artist:

Black Keys

Foo Fighters

Mumford & Sons

Adult Contemporary Artist:


Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Latin Artist:

Enrique Iglesias

Jennifer Lopez


Contemporary Inspirational Artist:

Casting Crowns


Third Day

Artist of The Year:


Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

Lil Wayne

Taylor Swift