Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

Adele brought a touch of class to the VMAs, clutching her chest as she performed her piano ballad "Someone Like You."

In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11).

The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, "21," is the biggest-selling album of the year -- was nominated for artist of the year, favorite female artist, favorite album and favorite adult contemporary artist. Adele will compete against Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga for artist of the year.

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Swift, Gaga, Lil Wayne, Perry, Rihanna and the Band Perry scored three nominations apiece. Pitbull and Nicki Minaj, who announced the nominations together this morning, each earned two nods, as did Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, LMFAO, Kanye West and Jason Aldean.

Perry and Pitbull are the first confirmed performers at the AMAs, which will be held Nov. 20 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. and air live on ABC.

Here are the full nominees for the American Music Awards:

Artist of the Year


Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

Lil Wayne

Taylor Swift

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist


Katy Perry

Lady Gaga

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars


Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group


Maroon 5


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


Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist



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


Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Latin Music: Favorite Artist


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