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The American Music Awards

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Season 39

The American Music Awards show is one of several annual major American music awards shows (among the others are the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards) which honours outstanding achievements in the record industry.

The awards were created in 1973 by Dick Clark as competition to the Grammys. They are broadcast annually in the USA on ABC.

The American Music Awards previously aired in South Africa on M-Net the day after the awards ceremony in the USA. As of 2011 they air live on Channel O, with a repeat that night on Vuzu.

The 39th Annual American Music Awards aired live on Channel O on Monday 21 November 2011, at 03h00. They repeated on Vuzu on Monday 21 November 2011, at 20h30. The special was three hours long.

2011 Awards

The American Music Awards are fan-voted and have consistently been one of the United States' most-watched television awards event over the past few years.

Much of this has to do with the stunning line-up of current, chart-topping talent that performs each year – and 2011 was no different.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and Maroon 5 all took to the stage at the Nokia Theatre in LA.

They were joined by LMFAO, Chris Brown and Marc Anthony in creating a brilliant night's entertainment – and the presence of Anthony's ex-wife Jennifer Lopez only adding to the star-wattage at this year's event.

The leading nominee at this year's awards was Adele, who was up for Favorite Rock/Pop Female Artist, Adult Contemporary Artist, Album with her "21" and Artist of the Year.

Katy Perry was one of several artists up for three American Music Awards – in the running for Artist of the Year, Pop or Rock music: Favorite female Artist and Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist.

Other multi-nominees were Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

In the rap/hip hop categories, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West earned nods for Favorite Artist while "Watch The Throne" by West and Jay-Z, "The Carter IV" by Lil Wayne, and "Pink Friday" from Nicki Minaj were nominated for Favorite album.

The awards ceremony was hosted by fellow nominees Nicki Minaj and rapper Pitbull.

2011 Performers

Chris Brown
David Guetta (featuring Usher)
Jennifer Lopez
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Kelly Clarkson
Lady Gaga
LMFAO
Marc Anthony
Maroon 5 (featuring Christina Aguilera)
Mary J. Blige
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

2011 Winners

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist

Adele
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Pitbull

Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group

LMFAO
Maroon 5
OneRepublic

Favorite Pop/Rock Album

Adele - 21
Rihanna - Loud
Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist

Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
The Throne - Watch the Throne
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist

Rihanna
Beyoncé
Kelly Rowland

Favorite Soul/R&B Album

Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.
Rihanna - Loud
Beyoncé - 4

Favorite Alternative Artist

Foo Fighters
Black Keys
Mumford & Sons

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist

Adele
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry

Favorite Latin Artist

Pitbull
Enrique Iglesias
Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Country Female Artist

Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Male Artist

Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group

Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
The Band Perry

Favorite Country Album

Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party
Taylor Swift - Speak Now
The Band Perry - The Band Perry

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist

Casting Crowns
Tobymac
Third Day

Artist of the Year

Adele
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Lil Wayne
Taylor Swift

Sprint New Artist of the Year

POP/ROCK
Foster The People
Hot Chelle Rae (Overall Winner - Sprint New Artist of the Year)

COUNTRY
The Band Perry
Thompson Square

SOUL/R&B
Marsha Ambrosius
Miguel

RAP/HIP-HOP
LMFAO
Wiz Khalifa

About the Awards

Winners of the American Music Awards are selected by the public. A national sampling of approximately 20,000, taking into account geographic location, age, sex and ethnic origin, are sent ballots by the National Family Opinion, Inc. firm under the supervision of Broadcast Research and Consulting, Inc.

Names of the nominees on the ballot were compiled from data supplied by the music industry trade publication, Radio & Records and Nielsen Soundscan, which tracks retail music sales.

Results of the voting, tabulated by the Ernst & Young LLP accounting firm, are not announced until the envelopes are opened during the presentation ceremonies.


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