Swift, Kings of Leon face off against Michael Jackson in AMA nominations

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 4:26pm

The year of Taylor Swift continued Tuesday, as she topped all artists with six nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards.

Swift displayed major crossover appeal, being tabbed not only for Favorite Country Album (for “Fearless”) but also for Favorite Female artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female, Favorite Pop/Rock Album (“Fearless” again), Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and the biggest honor Artist of the Year.

In fact, two of the five artists in that category have Music City ties. Kings of Leon are also Artist of the Year nominees, joining Swift, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Michael Jackson. Despite his death this past June, Jackson received five nominations. These included Favorite Pop/Rock Male, Favorite Soul/R&B Male, Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Pop/Rock Album, even though “Number Ones” was released in 2003.

The Kings of Leon were also tabbed in the Pop/Rock — Favorite Band, Duo or Group category along with The Black Eyed Peas and Nickelback. They earned a third nomination in the Alternative Rock — Favorite Artist, where Green Day and Shinedown challenge them.

Lady Gaga and Beyonce are Swift’s competitors for the Pop/Rock Favorite Female Artist award. Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood are the other contenders in the Country —Favorite Female Artist category. Daughtry and Jason Mraz are Swift’s challengers in the Adult Contemporary-Favorite Artist category.

Rascal Flatts' “Unstoppable” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Foundation” are the other nominated discs for Country — Favorite Album alongside Swift’s “Fearless.” Rascal Flatts and the Zac Brown Band were also Country — Favorite Band, Duo or Group nominees along with Sugarland.

Yet another interesting battle will be in the Country — Favorite Male Artist, with Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker squaring off for that honor.

Two of the three albums in Soundtracks — Favorite Album have a prominent Nashville connection, namely Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana character. “Hannah Montana: The Move” and “Hannah Montana 3” are joined by” Twilight Soundtrack.”

The 2009 American Music Awards show airs Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. on WKRN-2.

Fans via online voting will choose the winners. Those who want to vote can go to abc.com and find a complete listing of all nominees, plus instructions.