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American Music Awards To Be Held Sunday, Iggy Azalea Leads Nominations List:

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will carry a leading six nominations into Sunday’s presentation of the American Music Awards, while John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five.

Azalea, Legend, Perry and Williams will compete for artist of the year honors with Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Lorde and One Direction.

Azalea is also nominated for new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female pop/rock artist, favorite rap/hip-hop artist and favorite rap/hip-hop album.

She is up for single of the year for her collaboration with Charli XCX on “Fancy.” Also nominated in the category are Legend for “All of Me,” MAGIC for “Rude,” Perry and Juicy J for “Dark Horse” and Williams for “Happy.”

Competing with Azalea for new artist of the year are Bastille, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor.

Azalea will be performing with Jennifer Lopez during the show. Others expected to perform are Garth Brooks, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith and Charli XCX.

Also expected to perform is Taylor Swift, who will be honored during the event with the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence. Swift will be recognized as the only artist in history to have three albums — “Speak Now,” “Red” and “1989” — sell more than 1 million copies in their first week on the market, according to Dick Clark Productions and ABC.

Swift will open the show by performing her new single, “Blank Space.”

The AMAs, hosted by Pitbull, will be held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live and broadcast on ABC. Winners are determined by online voting at www.AMAvote.com.

Here is a complete list of nominees:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

   — Iggy Azalea

   — Beyonce

   — Luke Bryan

   — Eminem

   — Imagine Dragons

   — John Legend

   — Lorde

   — One Direction

   — Katy Perry

   — Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S

   — 5 Seconds of Summer

   — Iggy Azalea

   — Bastille

   — Sam Smith

   — Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

   — Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”

   — John Legend, “All of Me”

   — MAGIC!, “Rude”

   — Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

   — 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

   — Beyonce

   — Mary J. Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM  SOUL/R&B

   — Beyonce, “Beyonce”’

   — 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

   — One Republic

   — 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”

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