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    AMAs Want Someone Like Her: Adele Bests Katy, Gaga, Taylor and Rihanna in Nominations

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    This, surely, is a sign of things—namely, awards—to come (hear that, Recording Academy?).

    The nominees were announced for the 2011 American Music Awards this morning, and they more or less went as follows: Adele. Adele. Adele. Adele. Everyone else.

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    OK, so it wasn't quite that big a landslide, but the British chanteuse with the inescapable songs led all nominees for the awards show, scoring a leading four nods, including Artist of the Year, Pop/Rock Female Artist, Pop/Rock Favorite Album and Adult Contemporary Favorite Artist of the Year.

    Hardly surprising given the critical and commercial success of her album 21 and her anthemic, ever-tappable tunes "Someone Like You" and "Rolling in the Deep."

    Her closest competition: Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry, all of whom pulled in behind the Brit with three nominations apiece.

    And if you think that reads like a list of usual awards show suspects, well, so does the list of artists who racked up two nominations: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull, the latter two of which had the honors of announcing this morning's nominees.

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    The biggest prize of the night, Artist of the Year, is a five-way battle, this time pitting Adele against Perry, Gaga, Lil Wayne and Swift. But it's some of the other categories that provide the most intrigue.

    Lil Wayne's protégé Nicki Minaj is up against her mentor in two categories, Rap/Hip-Hop Favorite Artist and Favorite Album. Rihanna and Chris Brown vie against each other for Soul/R&B Favorite Album (alongside Beyoncé), while B herself is up against not only Rihanna, but her fellow former child of destiny Kelly Rowland as Soul/R&B Favorite Female Artist.

    Nothing like a little friendly rivalry to move the night along, eh?

    Winners will be determined, as always, by online voting. Perry and Pitbull have already been announced as performers of the 39th annual show, which airs live Nov. 20.

    Here's the complete list of nominees:

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    Artist of the Year
    Adele
    Lady Gaga
    Lil Wayne
    Katy Perry
    Taylor Swift

    Pop/Rock

    Favorite Male Artist
    Justin Bieber
    Bruno Mars
    Pitbull

    Favorite Female Artist
    Adele
    Lady Gaga
    Katy Perry

    Favorite Band, Duo or Group
    LMFAO
    Maroon 5
    OneRepublic

    Favorite Album
    Adele, 21
    Lady Gaga, Born This Way
    Rihanna, Loud

    Country Music

    Favorite Male Artist
    Jason Aldean
    Brad Paisley
    Blake Shelton

    Favorite Female Artist
    Sara Evans
    Miranda Lambert
    Taylor Swift

    Favorite Band, Duo or Group
    The Band Perry
    Zac Brown Band
    Lady Antebellum

    Favorite Album
    Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
    The Band Perry, The Band Perry
    Taylor Swift, Speak Now

    Rap/Hip-Hop

    Favorite Artist
    Lil Wayne
    Nicki Minaj
    Kanye West

    Favorite Album
    Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
    Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
    Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

    Soul/R&B

    Favorite Male Artist
    Chris Brown
    Trey Songz
    Usher

    Favorite Female Artist
    Beyoncé
    Rihanna
    Kelly Rowland

    Favorite Album
    Beyoncé, 4
    Chris Brown, F.A.M.E.
    Rihanna, Loud

    Alternative Rock

    Favorite Artist
    Black Keys
    Foo Fighters
    Mumford & Sons

    Adult Contemporary

    Favorite Artist
    Adele
    Bruno Mars
    Katy Perry

    Latin Music

    Favorite Artist
    Enrique Iglesias
    Jennifer Lopez
    Pitbull

    Contemporary Inspirational

    Favorite Artist
    Casting Crowns
    Tobymac
    Third Day

    Sprint New Artist of the Year
    Hot Chelle Rae
    The Band Perry
    Miguel
    Wiz Khalifa

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