Taylor Swift tops nominations with six nods

Michael Jackson was posthumously nominated Tuesday for artist of the year honors by the American Music Awards.

Late singer is competing with Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift for the top prize. He is also competing against Eminem and T.I. in the favorite male artist category. AMAs ceremony will be televised Nov. 22 on ABC.

As the marketing push on the Jackson concert docu and soundtrack album began this week, it emerged late Monday that the Jackson single “This Is It” was actually an older composition, originally known as “I Never Heard.”

Co-authored by Jackson and veteran songwriter-vocalist Paul Anka for an unrealized ’80s duet project by the musicians, the song was released in 1991 by Latin vocalist Sa-Fire.

Jackson’s estate quickly issued a mea culpa to Anka for leaving his name off the song and awarded the tunesmith 50% of the “This Is It” copyright.

And the nominess are:

POP or ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Eminem
Michael Jackson
T.I.

Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Nickelback

Favorite Album
Lady Gaga – “Fame”
Michael Jackson – “Number Ones”
Taylor Swift – “Fearless”

COUNTRY MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group

Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Album
Rascal Flatts – “Unstoppable”
Taylor Swift – “Fearless”
Zac Brown Band – “Foundation”

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Eminem
Jay-Z
T. I.

Favorite Album
Eminem – “Relapse”
Jay-Z – “Blueprint 3″
T.I. – “Paper Trail”

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson
Maxwell

Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Day26
Mary Mary

Favorite Album
Beyonce – “I Am. . .Sasha Fierce”
Black Eyed Peas – “The E.N.D.”
Michael Jackson – “Number Ones”

SOUNDTRACKS

Favorite Album
“Hannah Montana: The Movie”
“Hannah Montana 3″
“Twilight Soundtrack”

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Green Day
Kings of Leon
Shinedown

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Daughtry
Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift

LATIN MUSIC

Favorite Artist
Aventura
Luis Fonsi
Wisin Y Yandel

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Favorite Artist
Jeremy Camp
Brandon Heath
Mary Mary

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alternative – Kings Of Leon
Country – Taylor Swift
Pop/Rock -Lady Gaga
Rap/Hip-Hop – Eminem
Soul/R&B -Michael Jackson

T-MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST NOMINATIONS
Pop/Rock Breakthrough Artist – Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
Country Breakthrough Artist – Gloriana, Zac Brown Band
Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist – Keri Hilson, Jermiah
Rap/Hip-Hop Breakthrough Artist – Drake, Kid Cudi

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