Nominees for the American Music Awards were announced Oct. 10, and the 2013 edition of the awards show Dick Clark founded in 1973 will be featuring a wide range of the nation’s most celebrated artists in almost every genre across the board.
One of the few awards ceremonies that relies on votes from fans instead of industry insiders, the American Music Awards puts the power in the hands of the public. In addition to voting online, you can attend this star-studded event this year. In 2012, more than 20 major artists performed at the ceremony, including Justin Bieber, and Nicki Minaj, and one of this year’s nominees: Taylor Swift.
Attend the 2013 AMAs
Taking place in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, the American Music Awards will begin at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 24. Keep in mind the AMAs are televised live, so it is imperative that guests arrive before the start of the show in order to guarantee entry. This event can be fairly casual; for men, a dress shirt and jeans can suffice, while a cocktail dress works nicely for women. Fans are more than welcome to dress up for the ceremony, but since the AMAs are a more casual awards ceremony, attendees are not required to dress formally.
Typically, the pit section and single-letter rows of the orchestra will be taken by nominees, performers, and their guests, but fans can find seating in the rear orchestra, as well as the loge and mezzanine levels. Check out the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live seating chart for the AMAs online here. You can also find available American Music Awards tickets on that page.
This year, the American Music Awards will be hosted by Black Eyed Peas front, man will.i.am and pop star, Kelly Clarkson. Many live performers have yet to be announced, but so far Miley Cyrus is scheduled to appear, fresh off the release of her fourth studio album, “Bangerz.” Imagine Dragons—who are also nominated for New Artist of the Year—also will be performing at the ceremony ahead of the band’s first arena tour, which is scheduled to start in February.
Notable 2013 AMA Nominees
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
With six nominations total, the West Coast rap duo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis leads the pack of nominees. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are the only artists to appear in both the New Artist and Artist of the Year categories for 2013, but they’re also up for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. The duo also is nominated for Single (“Thrift Shop”) and Album (“The Heist”) of the Year.
Matched in his nominations only by pop-country singer Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake will be competing in four categories, and it’s no wonder with the amazing year he’s been having. Both albums in “The 20/20 Experience” reached the top of the Billboard 200 within six months of each other, he sold out major North American stadiums with Jay Z over the summer, and on Halloween, Timberlake will kick-start his first world solo tour in six years.
Florida Georgia Line
Currently in the middle of its first headlining tour, this country duo has broken Billboard records with their long-running No. 1 single, “Cruise.” Nelly’s remix of the group’s hit single is the only country song represented in the Single of the Year category. Florida Georgia Line will also be competing for New Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Band, Duo, or Group, and Favorite Country Album (“Here’s to the Good Times”).
Last September, Pink released “The Truth About Love,” but the hype from the Platinum-certified album has spilled over into 2013, thanks to the artist’s celebrated The Truth About Love Tour. Due to popular demand after its run in early spring, the Pink tour is now enjoying its second North American leg. At this year’s AMAs, the acrobatic singer is in the running for Favorite Female Artist (against Rihanna and Taylor Swift) and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist.
See the Nominees on Tour
If you can’t make it to Los Angeles for the awards show, there are many chances to catch several nominees live over the course of the year. Click the names below for more complete tour dates: