Taylor Swift, the Band Perry Lead 2011 American Music Awards’ Country Nominees
Taylor Swift and the Band Perry have scored three American Music Award nominations, the most of any country artists this year. In addition to nods for Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album (for 'Speak Now'), Taylor is up for the biggest prize of the night: Artist of the Year, competing against Adele, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry. The Perry siblings join Taylor in the Favorite Country Album category (for their self-titled debut), along with nods for Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group and New Country Artist of the Year.
Double nominee Jason Aldean is also up for Favorite Country Album, along with Favorite Male Country Artist, alongside Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton. Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band scored Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group nods with the Band Perry. And Taylor's fellow nominees in the Favorite Female Country Artist category are Miranda Lambert and Sara Evans. Thompson Square are first-time AMA nominees in the New Country Artist category.
The 2011 American Music Awards air live on ABC, Nov. 20 at 8:00 PM ET. Adele, whose latest album '21' will likely be this year's best-selling CD in any genre, leads the AMA pack with four nods. See the full list of nominees below, and cast your votes here.
2011 American Music Awards Nominees:
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Album
Adele – '21'
Rihanna – 'Loud'
Lady Gaga – 'Born This Way'
Country Music: Favorite Male Artist
Country Music: Favorite Female Artist
Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Country Music: Favorite Album
Taylor Swift – 'Speak Now'
The Band Perry – 'The Band Perry'
Jason Aldean – 'My Kinda Party'
Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist
Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Album
Jay-Z and Kanye West – 'Watch the Throne'
Nicki Minaj – 'Pink Friday'
Lil Wayne – 'Tha Carter IV'
Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music: Favorite Male Artist
Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music: Favorite Female Artist
Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music: Favorite Album
Beyonce – '4'
Chris Brown – 'F.A.M.E.'
Rihanna – 'Loud'
Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist
Mumford & Sons
Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist
Latin Music: Favorite Artist
Contemporary Inspirational Music: Favorite Artist
Artist of the Year