Rising rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will face off against the likes of RihannaBruno Mars andJustin Timberlake as the nominations for the 41st Annual American Music Awards were announced Thursday morning. and Kelly Clarkson revealed the five key categories live Thursday on “Good Morning America.” Afterwards, they headed over to a press conference at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square to reveal the rest of the nominees.

Leading the pack so far is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who garnered nods for Artist of the Year, Best New Artist and Single of the Year for “Thrift Shop.”

Not far behind was RiRi, who earned a nomination for Favorite Female Artist and JT, whose new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” nabbed him Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B and Artist of the Year.

Meanwhile, Robin Thicke continues his banner year, snagging a Single of the Year nod for his summer hit, “Blurred Lines,” featuring Pharrell and T.I.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman confirmed that Miley Cyrus will perform at this year’s ceremony, which will air live on ABC from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m.

Winners are selected by public vote conducted at Here’s a look at the categories announced so far:

Artist of the Year

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Bruno Mars


Taylor Swift

Justin Timberlake

New Artist of the Year

Florida Georgia Line

Ariana Grande

Imagine Dragons

Mackemore & Ryan Lewis

Phillip Phillips

Favorite Female Artist—Pop/Rock



Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist—Soul/R&B


Robin Thicke


Single of the Year

“Cruise”, by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly

“Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz

“Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell and T.I.

via EURWeb

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