Michael Jackson has a chance to win artist of the year posthumously at the American Music Awards. According to the Associated Press, MJ will face Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kings of Leon and country star Taylor Swift in the artist of the year category, while “Number Ones” scored a nod for favorite pop/rock album, where it will compete against Gaga’s “The Fame” and Swift’s “Fearless.”
Swift topped all artists with six nominations. She drew inadvertent attention at the MTV Video Music Awards last month when rapper Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech to say Beyonce deserved the award instead.
In the 10 days following Jackson’s death, his 2003 greatest hits package “Number Ones” surged to the top of the charts selling more than 440,000 copies, according to Nielsen. The collection could end up as 2009’s top-selling album.Jackson followed Swift with five nominations and Eminem received four.
The King of Pop was also nominated for favorite pop/rock male artist, favorite soul/R&B artist and favorite soul/R&B album.
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