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    Kanye Won't Swift Boat the AMAs: Taylor, Jackson Lead Nominees

    Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson Frederick Breedon/Getty Images; Kevin Mazur/AEG via Getty Images

    Taylor Swift just got six more potential chances to deliver an uninterrupted acceptance speech.

    And, for the sake of the inevitable dead-horse-beating comparison: Kanye West scored a whopping zero chances to not let her finish. That's right, kids. Cut off America's sweetheart and you're as good as sitting out the next awards season. Or at least the 2009 American Music Awards.

    The random triumvirate of Paula Abdul, Adam Lambert and Snoop Dogg announced the nominees for the AMAs this morning, and the country cutie led the pack with six nominations, including a nod for the nightcapping Artist of the Year Award.

    Joining Swift at the forefront of the nominations is Michael Jackson, who scored a posthumous five nods, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B genres.

    Rounding out the nominated pack are Eminem, who nabbed four honors, and Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Kings Of Leon, T.I. and Lady Gaga, who took home three apiece.

    Lady Gaga, Eminem and Kings of Leon will join Swift and Jackson as potential Artists of the Year.

    In addition to the top nod, Swift swept the country categories, and will compete against Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album, respectively.

    Proving her crossover credentials, she also more or less swept the same pop/rock categories, battling Beyoncé and Lady Gaga as Favorite Female, and her Fearless is also up for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, competing against Lady Gaga's Fame and Jackson's Number Ones. And despite her unabashedly teen-tinged tunes, she also somehow wrangled her way into a nomination for Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist.

    Is there nothing this girl can't do? Other than finish an acceptance speech, that is.

    As for rap/hip-hop, which would normally boost West's name, the honors this year instead fell to Eminem, Jay-Z and T.I., who are the genre's sole nominees. The trio compete for Favorite Male Artist (there is no Female category) and Favorite Album.

    Among the more family-friendly awards, it's shaping up to be a Miley vs. Miley showdown. Well, Miley vs. Miley vs. Twilight. Competing for Favorite Soundtrack this year are Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hannah Montana 3 and the Twilight Soundtrack.

    Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and Lambert were announced as the first batch of performers for the show, with the American Idol runner-up set to debut his solo music in advance of his forthcoming album.

    As per usual, fans can vote for winners online starting today.

    The ceremony will be broadcast live on Nov. 22. Here's the complete list of nominees:

    ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Kings of Leon (alternative)
    Taylor Swift (country)
    Lady Gaga (pop/rock)
    Eminem (rap/hip-hop)
    Michael Jackson (soul/R&B)

    POP/ ROCK

    Favorite Male Artist
    Eminem
    Michael Jackson
    T.I.

    Favorite Female Artist
    Beyoncé
    Lady Gaga
    Taylor Swift

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

    Favorite Album
    Fame, Lady Gaga
    Number Ones, Michael Jackson
    Fearless, Taylor Swift

    COUNTRY MUSIC

    Favorite Male Artist
    Jason Aldean
    Darius Rucker
    Keith Urban

    Favorite Female Artist
    Reba McEntire
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood

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

    Favorite Album
    Unstoppable, Rascal Flatts
    Fearless, Taylor Swift
    Foundation, Zac Brown Band

    RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

    Favorite Male Artist
    Eminem
    Jay-Z
    T. I.

    Favorite Album
    Relapse, Eminem
    Blueprint 3, Jay-Z
    Paper Trail, T.I.

    SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC

    Favorite Male Artist
    Jamie Foxx
    Michael Jackson
    Maxwell

    Favorite Female Artist
    Beyoncé
    Keyshia Cole
    Keri Hilson

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

    Favorite Album
    I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé
    The E.N.D., Black Eyed Peas
    Number Ones, Michael Jackson

    SOUNDTRACKS

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

    ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

    Favorite Artist
    Green Day
    Kings of Leon
    Shinedown

    ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

    Favorite Artist
    Daughtry
    Jason Mraz
    Taylor Swift

    LATIN MUSIC

    Favorite Artist
    Aventura
    Luis Fonsi
    Wisin Y Yandel

    CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

    Favorite Artist
    Jeremy Camp
    Brandon Heath
    Mary Mary

    T-MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST NOMINATIONS

    Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist: Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
    Country Breakthrough Artist: Gloriana, Zac Brown Band
    Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist: Keri Hilson, Jermiah
    Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist: Drake, Kid Cudi

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    But what will they wear?! Check out the red carpet duds of other stars in Fashion Police.

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