Eminem, Bieber outscore Lady Gaga in AMA nods
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Eminem and country music band Lady Antebellum led nominations for the 2010 American Music Awards on Tuesday, but Lady Gaga earned just two nods despite dominating the music industry for the past year.
Eminem, back on top of music charts with a best-selling album "Recovery", and Lady Antebellum, earned five nominations each, closely followed by teen idol Justin Bieber, 16, with four.
Bieber and Eminem will compete with Lady Gaga, "California Gurls" pop singer Katy Perry, and newcomer Ke$ha for the artist of the year award -- the biggest prize of the night at a televised live ceremony in Los Angeles on November 21.
Favorite album will pit Perry's "Teenage Dream" against Bieber's "My World 2.O" and Eminem's "Recovery".
R&B artist Usher, hip-hop singer B.o.B, Ke$ha, and Perry collected a total of three nominations each.
Nominees for the American Music Awards are determined by radio airplay, retail sales, activity on social networks and video viewing. Winners will be determined by members of the public through online voting, organizers said.
Tuesday's nominations were the second year in which glam star Lady Gaga has failed to make a mount a major showing at the American Music Awards -- one of the biggest music award shows in the industry after the Grammys.
The flamboyant singer of hits like "Telephone" and "Bad Romance" went home empty-handed from the AMAs last year but later became the biggest winner in 23 years at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, winning eight prizes. Continued...