Nicki Minaj and Pitbull announced the 2011 American Music Award nominees  on Tuesday afternoon.  The American Music Awards will air on ABC November 20, and the results are in YOUR hands.  So, I’m a bit confused.  This is the American music awards, right?  Yet Adele, hailing from London, tops the charts with four nominations.  Come on, America! We can’t even win our own awards?

All jokes aside, it looks like this year is going to be a battle between old favorite Lady Gaga and newcomer Adele.  Although I use the term “old”  loosely, because it was only 2009 when she was up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and she didn’t even win.  That was a shocking night when Gloriana, a small country band, took home the trophy for that award.

Artist’s up for the New Artist of the Year award this year include Foster the People, Hot Chelle Rae, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, LMFAO, and Wiz Khalifa.  Even though there are eight nominees now, the list will get cut to four before the night of the awards through pre-show voting.

The major award of the night goes to Artist of the Year.  Joining Gaga and Adele in the running are Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Taylor Swift.  All other three nominees are up for other awards as well.  In my opinion, the show is not about the awards, but about the performances.  So make sure to tune in and watch Lady Gaga hang from the ceiling, Britney kiss Madonna, and Kayne cut off Taylor Swift…or, you know, something along those lines.

Here is New Artist of the Year Nominee Foster the People’s chart topping single, “Pumped Up Kicks” remixed by Vaski.

-Hayley Isaacson

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