It’s girls’ night at the AMAs.
Female artists are a dominating force on this year’s awards stage set list of 17 live performers, headlined by Red country-pop crossover Taylor Swift, the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year. She’ll be joined by rapper du jour Nicki Minaj who’s also one of the evening’s leading nominees, holding down four AMA nominations for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (a number only matched by Rihanna who also has a shot to shine bright like a diamond with four nominations also).
Also performing is “Voice” judge and Lotus singer Christina Aguilera, who announced the nods for the three-hour broadcast.
Notable names with multiple names—and multiple chances to grace the stage with an acceptance speech—include One Direction, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J. Cole, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull. There’s also a new (and long overdue) category for Electronic Dance Music which include influential names of Top 40 this year: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex.
But when it comes to the highest award, the AMAs are welcoming in familiar names. This year’s top prize will find Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, and Katy Perry vying for the American Music Awards Artist of the Year title. Winners of each category is determined by online voting at the amavote.com website and AMA.ab.com.
In addition to celebrating forty years of American contributions to music, it’ll also be a celebration of the life of the show’s creator Dick Clark, the “American Bandstand” icon.
The 40th anniversary event is set to air next month, November 18 on ABC.