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Michael Jackson nominated for posthumous award

Michael Jackson

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Jackson could be named artist of the year at the American Music Awards (AMA) now that he has received a posthumous nomination.

The late pop icon is up against Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift for the show’s top honour, which will be selected by fans via online voting, and announced on November 22, 2009 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

Jackson died in Los Angeles on June 25, in the midst of rehearsals for a comeback tour, but the world continues to mourn his absence.

Tickets for a new film, This Is It, which shows unseen rehearsal footage from his tour have all but sold out, while his records continue to find chart success.

Jackson’s nomination was the main talking point among the nominations for the AMA’s, although country star Taylor Swift leads the field with six nominations.

Jackson has five and rapper Eminem has four.

The nominations are:

Pop and Rock Music:

Favourite Male Artist
Eminem
Michael Jackson
T.I.

Favourite Female Artist
Beyonce
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favourite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Nickelback

Favourite Album
Lady Gaga – Fame
Michael Jackson – Number Ones
Taylor Swift – Fearless

Country Music:

Favourite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

Favourite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favourite Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band

Favourite Album
Rascal Flatts – Unstoppable
Taylor Swift – Fearless
Zac Brown Band – Foundation

Rap/Hip-Hop Music:

Favourite Male Artist
Eminem
Jay-Z
T. I.

Favourite Album
Eminem – Relapse
Jay-Z – Blueprint 3
T.I. – Paper Trail

Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music

Favorite Male Artist
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson
Maxwell

Favourite Female Artist
Beyonce
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson

Favourite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Day26
Mary Mary

Favourite Album
Beyonce – I Am. . .Sasha Fierce
Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D
Michael Jackson – Number Ones

Soundtracks:

Favourite Album
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
Twilight Soundtrack

Alternative Rock Music:

Favourite Artist
Green Day
Kings of Leon
Shinedown

Adult Contemporary Music:

Favourite Artist
Daughtry
Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift

Artist Of The Year
Alternative – Kings Of Leon
Country – Taylor Swift
Pop/Rock -Lady Gaga
Rap/Hip-Hop – Eminem
Soul/R&B -Michael Jackson