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Michael Jackson Vs. Taylor Swift: The Pity Vote Commences

Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift scored the most nods when the American Music Awards nominations were announced today. Jackson picked up five nominations including artist of the year, favorite male artist, favorite album in both pop/rock and soul/R&B categories for his hits package Number Ones. Swift, who is also up for artist of the year, was nominated in five additional categories.

ABC will broadcast the event on November 22. It’s the third year where winners are determined by online voting, a move which helped boost ratings last year.

So, who do you think America will pity the most? Michael Jackson seems like the easy vote here, since the man was probably done in by his doctor. Before his name became synonymous with social weirdness and sexual scandal, he was just as an emblematic of American culture as Coca-Cola — who just so happen to be an AMA sponsor. You would think this would be a no brainer, but hold on.

Taylor Swift was recently upstaged at the MTV Music Video Awards by a visibly drunk Kanye West. Even with Beyonce’s beautiful effort to assuage the ego of the young country crooner, the damage was done. Not only was Kanye vilified around the country, but people who didn’t even know who Taylor Swift was before suddenly took note. The harpies on The View seemed downright maternal.

But even with the publicity surrounding the VMA incident and her talent as a singer and songwriter, we think Michael Jackson has the award for Artist of the Year in the bag. In yet another deification of the King of Pop, voters will pay tribute to him one last time, choosing to focus on the star rather than the man. Or the music, for that matter.

Find the full list of nominees below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon
Taylor Swift
Lady Gaga
Eminem
Michael Jackson

POP/ROCK – Favorite Male Artist
Eminem
Michael Jackson
T.I.

POP/ROCK – Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

POP/ROCK – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Nickelback

POP/ROCK – Favorite Album
Fame – Lady Gaga
Number Ones – Michael Jackson
Fearless – Taylor Swift

COUNTRY – Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

COUNTRY – Favorite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

COUNTRY – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland
Zac Brown Band

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

RAP/HIP-HOP – Favorite Male Artist
Eminem
Jay-Z
T.I.

RAP/HIP-HOP – Favorite Album
Relapse – Eminem
Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
Paper Trail – T.I.

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Male Artist
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson
Maxwell

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Day26
Mary Mary

SOUL/R&B – Favorite Album
I Am…Sasha Fierce – Beyonce
The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas
Number Ones – Michael Jackson

SOUNDTRACKS – Favorite Album
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
Twilight Soundtrack

ALTERNATIVE ROCK – Favorite Artist
Green Day
Kings of Leon
Shinedown

ADULT CONTEMPORARY – Favorite Artist
Daughtry
Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift

LATIN – Favorite Artist
Aventura
Luis Fonsi
Wisin Y Yandel

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL – Favorite Artist
Jeremy Camp
Brandon Heath
Mary Mary

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