The nominations are in for the American Music Awards, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis could be among the big winners come November 24 on ABC.
The rap duo earned nominations in six categories including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Album, Favorite Pop/Rock Band or Duo and a new category for this year, Single of the Year for “Thrift Shop.”
The nominations are highly indicative of the Seattle rapper and producer’s big year. “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, topped the Hot 100 for six weeks earlier in 2013, while the Ray Dalton-featuring “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 for five consecutive weeks in May and June. The two singles helped Macklemore & Lewis become the first duo to place their first two singles atop the chart, and followed with “Same Love,” the same-sex marriage anthem that peaked at No. 11 in the country.
Following close behind Macklemore & Lewis in the nominations department are Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, with five nods each, while Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke are up for four. Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons will compete in three categories.
Mars, Rihanna, Swift and Timberlake join Macklemore & Lewis as fellow nominees for the awards ceremony’s Artist of the Year distinction.
Timberlake, who earlier this week became the second artist in 2013 to garner two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 with “The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2,” showed off his diverse appeal by earning nominations for Favorite Male Artist in both pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. Similarly, Swift added nods for Favorite Female Artist in pop/rock and country genres. Her pop-drenched “Red” is also up for favorite country and pop/rock albums.
Rihanna joined Swift in the all-encompassing Favorite Female Artist category, with 2012’s “Unapologetic” yielding Top 10 singles in “Diamonds” (No. 6) and “Stay” (No. 4) in the past year.
Joining Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” in the brand-new Single of the Year category are two inescapable hits from the summer of 2013. “Blurred Lines,” the Robin Thicke smash that topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks, and the remix “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line’s country-pop crossover with rapper Nelly, will vie for the distinction of the year’s best songs.
Thicke also added nods for Favorite Male Artist (both Soul/R&B and Pop/Rock entries), while Florida Georgia Line garnered nominations for Favorite Country Album, for “Here’s to the Good Times,” as well as New Artist of the Year.
Other New Artist nominees include Macklemore & Lewis, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, rising rockers Imagine Dragons and teen idol Ariana Grande. Meanwhile, Miguel joins Thicke and Timberlake in the Favorite Male Artist category, while Billboard Woman of the Year P!nk stands alongside Swift and Rihanna as a Favorite Female Artist nominee.
Chances are the awards telecast could see quite a bit of skin, too. Miley Cyrus was announced as one of the performers at the ceremony, with Imagine Dragons also playing. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the weeks leading up to the awards.
The nominations were announced by Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am at a pair of events around New York City on Oct. 10.
The awards are determined by fans, who can vote online starting today at AMAvote.com. In addition, for the first time in AMAs History, fans will also be able to vote for their favorite artists via Twitter.
The American Music Awards will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC will carry the telecast, which is being produced by dick clark productions.