Adele, Lady Gaga eye American Music Awards gongs
LOS ANGELES — British soul diva Adele hopes to add to her growing collection of prizes at the American Music Awards this weekend, even if she has had to be bow out because of throat problems.
The 23-year-old has four nominations, followed closely Lady Gaga and Katy Perry among others with three nods for the annual star-studded awards, to be presented at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Sunday evening.
Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber — last year’s big winner as artist of the year — will have to pin his prize hopes on his single nomination for best male rock or pop artist.
The 17-year-old, who recently faced down a paternity suit, will join artists including Perry, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and will.i.am at the star-studded event at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater.
Lopez’s ex Marc Anthony — the couple split in July after seven years together — as well as Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Drake and Enrique Iglesias are also on the roster for the evening.
One no-show is expected to be Grammy-winning Adele, who announced at the end of October that she has been forced to cancel her live dates for the rest of the year to undergo surgery on her throat.
She is nominated for artist of the year, favorite female artist, favorite album and favorite adult contemporary artist. For the coveted top prize, she will be competing with Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
Second place in terms of nominations — announced in Los Angeles on October 11 — was shared by Swift, Gaga, Lil Wayne, Perry, Rihanna and the Band Perry, with three apiece.
Pitbull and Nicki Minaj earned two nods, as did Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, LMFAO, Kanye West and Jason Aldean.
Here are the nominations in the main categories:
– Artist of the Year: Adele; Lady Gaga; Katy Perry; Lil Wayne; Taylor Swift.
– Best New Artist: Miguel; Wiz Khalifa; The Band Perry; Marsha Ambrosius; Foster The People; Hot Chelle Rae; LMFAO; Thompson Square.
– Pop or rock:
Best female artist: Adele; Katy Perry; Lady Gaga.
Best male artist: Justin Bieber; Bruno Mars; Pitbull.
Best group: LMFAO; Maroon 5; OneRepublic.
Best album: Adele – “21”; Rihanna – “Loud”; Lady Gaga – “Born This Way.”
– Rap /Hip-Hop
Best artist: Lil Wayne; Nicki Minaj; Kanye West
Best album: Lil Wayne – “Tha Carter IV”; The Throne – “Watch the Throne”; Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday”
Best male artist: Chris Brown; Trey Songz; Usher
Best female artist: Rihanna; Beyoncé; Kelly Rowland
Best album: Chris Brown – “F.A.M.E.”; Rihanna – “Loud”; Beyoncé – “4”
– Country music
Best female: Sara Evans; Miranda Lambert; Taylor Swift.
Best male: Jason Aldean; Brad Paisley; Blake Shelton.
Best group: Zac Brown Band; Lady Antebellum; The Band Perry.
Best album: Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”; Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”; The Band Perry, “The Band Perry”
– Alternative rock, favorite artist: Foo Fighters; Black Keys; Mumford & Sons.
– Adult contemporary Music, favorite artist: Adele; Bruno Mars; Katy Perry.
– Latin, favorite artist: Pitbull; Enrique Iglesias; Jennifer Lopez.