Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift Lead American Music Award Nods

2013 American Music Awards Honor Justin Timberlake, Macklemore, Taylor Swift

Kennedy October 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m. A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video – all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards , which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods. After a banner year, thanks to the success of Thrift Shop the bestselling digital song of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will vie for new artist, favorite pop/rock band, favorite hip-hop act and artist of the year along with Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Thirft Shop is also up for single of the year, a new category being introduced this year that will pit the single up against Robin Thickes inescapable song of summer, Blurred Lines, and the inexplicable Flordia Georgia Line and Nelly collaboration, Cruise. Although Daft Punk s Get Lucky was surprisingly snubbed for single of the year, the French dance duo made it in the electronic dance music category, which was introduced last year. A quick scan of the nominees yielded few surprises. Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Phillip Phillips are up for new artist of the year. The race for favorite pop male artist is between Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, while Pink , Rihanna and Taylor Swift will battle it out in the female category. Miley Cyrus , who didn’t score a single nomination, and Imagine Dragons are the first performers announced for the telecast, which airs live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. For the seventh year, winners will be determined by online voting (its certain One Direction fans already have their ballots fired up).

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We were talking a year ago talking about writing a piece about a sandwich, and Scott expanded on that idea, Good said. Without giving too much away, there will be food products and magic tricks. New music isnt all cuisine and magic, of course. Like most festivals, the HNMF allows you to hear new pieces by living composers alongside iconic 20th-century works, many of which are still relatively foreign to contemporary listeners. And this years composers-in-residence Wesleyan professor Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle, a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and a resident composer at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. are two widely celebrated composers and pedagogues, each with a legacy of prizes, commissions and students a mile long. The festivals opening night (Oct. 11 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center) pairs works by Bruce, Schelle and art-song composer Juliana Hall. Goods marathon (Oct. 13, Charter Oak) follows on Sunday, then DeConstruction (Oct. 17, works by Debussy, Schelle and Hartt composer Daniel Morel); (not) the Third Viennese School (Oct. 18 at Trinity College Chapel, with works by former students of Bruce and Schelle); and Transcendence (Oct. 19, with the premiere of Bruces large-scale orchestral work Antiphonies for Charlie alongside pieces by Charles Ives and composer Lief Ellis). The run concludes with The Finale IS the Encore at the CHS (Oct. 20), featuring a second performance of Bruces Antiphonies along with Schelles Through the Bright Lights of Hell. Most of the performers the Generous Ensemble, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, the West End String Quartet, the 016 New Music Ensemble, guitarist Zane Merritt and others are local. For music fans, these types of festivals, Bruce said, provide much-needed alternatives.

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