The 41st Annual American Music Awards take place Sunday in LA

The 41st Annual American Music Awards take place Sunday in LA

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LOS ANGELES (FOX 11 / CNS) - Rapper Macklemore and his producing partner Ryan Lewis lead the pack of nominees heading into tonight's 41st annual American Music Awards at the Nokia Theater, although Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake are also hoping for strong showings, while Rihanna will receive the inaugural AMA Icon Award.

Macklemore and Lewis have six nominations, followed by Swift and Timberlake with five each. Rihanna, Robin Thicke and Florida Georgia Line each have four.

Macklemore & Lewis, Rihanna, Swift, Timberlake and Bruno Mars will compete for the top honor of artist of the year. Macklemore & Lewis are also up for new artist of the year, along with Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips.

Pitbull will host the show, which like many recent music shows, will likely generate more excitement for its performances than the actual awards.

Katy Perry is expected to open the show, while Jennifer Lopez will perform a tribute to salsa legend Celia Cruz. Also performing will be TLC, Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull and Ke$ha, Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Lewis, One Direction, A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande and Florida Georgia Line.

Perhaps the most anticipated performance will be from Miley Cyrus, fresh off her much-talked-about "twerking" display at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Rihanna will receive the inaugural AMA Icon Award, which honors "an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level."

Here is a complete list of nominees:
   
Artist of the Year
   -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
   -- Bruno Mars
   -- Rihanna
   -- Taylor Swift
   -- Justin Timberlake

New Artist of the Year
   -- Florida Georgia Line
   -- Ariana Grande
   -- Imagine Dragons
   -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
   -- Phillip Phillips

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock
   -- Pink
   -- Rihanna
   -- Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock
   -- Justin Timberlake
   -- Robin Thicke
   -- Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
   -- Alicia Keys
   -- Ciara
   -- Rihanna

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
   -- Miguel
   -- Robin Thicke
   -- Timberlake

Single of the Year
   -- "Cruise," by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly
   -- "Thrift Shop," by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz
   -- "Blurred Lines," by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell and T.I.

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock
   -- Taylor Swift, "Red"
   -- One Direction, "Take Me Home"
   -- Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience"

Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock
   -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
   -- One Direction
   -- Imagine Dragons

Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country
   -- Florida Georgia Line
   -- The Band Perry
   -- Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album - Country
   -- Taylor Swift, "Red"
   -- Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party"
   -- Florida Georgia Line, "Here's To The Good Times"

Favorite Female Artist - Country
   -- Taylor Swift
   -- Carrie Underwood
   -- Miranda Lambert

Favorite Male Artist - Country
   -- Luke Bryan
   -- Blake Shelton
   -- Hunter Hayes

Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
   -- Jay Z
   -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
   -- Lil Wayne

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop
   -- Kendrick Lamar, "good kid m.A.A.d city"
   -- Jay Z, "Magna Carter Holy Grail"
   -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "The Heist"

Favorite Album - Soul/R&B
   -- Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines"
   -- Rihanna, "Unapologetic"
   -- Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience"

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
   -- The Lumineers
   -- Mumford & Sons
   -- Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
   -- Maroon 5
   -- Bruno Mars
   -- Pink

Favorite Artist - Latin
   -- Romeo Santos
   -- Prince Royce
   -- Marc Anthony

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational
   -- tobyMac
   -- Chris Tomlin
   -- Matthew West

Favorite Artist - EDM
   -- Calvin Harris
   -- Zedd
   -- Daft Punk
   -- Avicii

Top Soundtrack
   -- "Les Miserables"
   -- "The Great Gatsby"
   -- "Pitch Perfect"

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