The 2013 American Music Awards are scheduled for November 24, 2013.
The American Music Awards were founded in 1973 by Dick Clark and broadcast on ABC. Clark created the awards in response to the Grammy Awards contract expiring with ABC. Unlike the Grammys, the American Music Awards (AMA) are decided by public polls, record sales and other factors including video views and social networking activity. Some music industry experts believe they more accurately reflect popular opinion than the Grammys, which are decided by panels of Recording Academy members.
Categories of the AMA include the following:
Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
Favorite Country Female Artist
Favorite Country Male Artist
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group
Favorite Country Album
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Favorite Alternative Artist
Favorite Latin Artist
Favorite Electronic Dance Artist
Taylor Swift swept the awards in 2009 with her album Fearless:
The categories reflect a wide variety of genres and styles. Past winners include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Alabama, Justin Bieber, The Black-Eyed Peas and a host of other popular artists. In order to be nominated for 2013 a song or album must be released between December 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013.