Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards 2014 Nominees

The American Music Awards! They’re like the Grammys, except not! They don’t pretend to recognize artistic merit, which either makes them refreshing or depressing! They are dedicated entirely to recognizing the most popular music in America, and yet they are not the most popular music awards show in America! The AMAs announced this year’s nominees this morning, and Iggy Azalea, an Australian lady with a fake American accent, led the pack at six nominations. John Legend, Katy Perry, and Pharrell are all hot on her heels, with six nominations each. Other highlights include a One Direction/OneRepublic showdown in the Favorite Band, Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock category and a deeply confusing Alternative Rock class of nominees. Check out this year’s nominees below.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
5 Seconds Of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
John Legend – “All Of Me”
MAGIC! – “Rude”
Katy Perry – Dark Horse” (Feat. Juicy J)
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK:
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK:
Lorde – Pure Heroine
One Direction – Midnight Memories
Katy Perry – Prism

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY:
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY:
Garth Brooks – Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church – The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert – Just As I Am

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP:
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP:
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B:
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
John Legend – Love In The Future
Pharrell Williams – G I R L

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK:
Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY:
Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN:
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL:
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM):
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK:
Frozen
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
(via The Hollywood Reporter)

The American Music Awards air 11/23 on ABC. Results are determined by fan voting, so stuff some ballots.