American Music Awards nominations: Iggy Azalea leads with 6, Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake snubbed

Capping off a great year, Aussie newcomer Iggy Azalea just reaped a leading six nominations for the 42nd annual edition of the American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year. Right behind with five nominations apiece are John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams while Lorde picked up four. All of them also contend for the top prize. (See complete list of nominations here.)

Three-time nominees are: Beyonce, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, One Republic and One Direction.  All but One Republic are in the running for Artist of the Year as is two-time nominee Luke Bryan. Others picking up a pair of bids were: BastilleDrake and Sam Smith.

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For the first time, the roster for Artist of the Year has expanded to 10 nominees though only the top five vote getters as of Nov. 13 will continue to appear on the ballot. However, even with this expanded roster, a slew of last year’s winners were snubbed this year by a process which determines nominees “based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming and social activity.  These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.”

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Among the notable names missing: 

Taylor Swift, who won Artist of the Year last year following victories in 2009 and 2011. She also claimed Pop/Rock Female Artist, Country Female Artist, and Country Album (“Red“).

 Justin Timberlake who won three of his five bids: Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B Male Artist and Soul/R&B Album (“The 20/20 Experience“).

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who led with six nominations and won Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Album (“The Heist“).

And  Rihanna, who was given the inaugural Icon Award for her influential body of work and also claimed Soul/R&B Female for the fourth time.

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Voting begins Monday in all categories except New Artist of the Year and ballots can be cast either online or via Twitter. Voting for the New Artist of the Year will begin on Nov. 1 and end in the second hour of the Nov. 23 kudocast, which airs live on ABC.

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