Airing right now on ABC is the 40th American Music Awards which is taking place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The award show recognizes and honors the most popular albums and artists of the year 2012. The AMA’s added a new category this year Electronic Dance Music. Artist’s such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are leading in nominations holding count at 4 each. Earlier in the evening the stars hit the Red Carpet showing off the best fashions of 2012. Among those hitting the Red Carpet were Taylor Swift, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Linkin Park, J.Cole, Kelly Rowland, Backstreet Boys, Gloria Estefan, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. Nicki Minaj was not phased by her leading 4 nominations when asked,
“I don’t do music for awards,” the 29-year-old said in an interview. “It’s so crazy because people always have to remind me that I’m nominated for an award when I go to award shows.”
In the pop/rock category, Minaj is up for favorite female artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She’s also nominated for favorite artist and album in the hip-hop/rap category, two awards she won last year. Though the top award does not include a nomination for Minaj. Stars such as Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber will battle it out for artist of the year.
Other multiple nominees include Usher, Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5 and One Direction, with three nominations each. Perry, Underwood, Brown, Clarkson, Pitbull, fun., Gotye, J. Cole and Luke Bryan are all double nominees. But the American Music Awards is really all about the performances and tonight’s show will include ones from Usher, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown will perform with Swizz Beatz and Ludacris and Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber will share the stage.
The American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting for them online. The 40th Anniversary American Music Award show will also include the tribute to Dick Clark, its creator performed by Stevie Wonder.
Who do you want to win Artist of the Year?