Newcomer Iggy Azalea tops AMA with six nominations.
As nominations for American Music Awards 2014 (AMA) were announced on October 13, 2014, Iggy Azalea was seen in the lead with six nominations, surpassing Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend, each of whom were nominated for five.
The rapper/singer is up for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, among others. This year the AMA has increased the number of nominees to various categories. Instead of five slots, the Artist of the Year title now has ten slots.
The Grammy and AMA differ mostly in terms of methods utilized to round up nominees. While the Recording Academy body votes for the nominees and consequentially a selected pool later, the AMAs are swayed mostly by popularity votes and sales.
Unlike the Grammy’s, the AMAs have an all-encompassing title of the Artist of the Year. Voting channels are now open through the company’s own voting site. The winners will be announced on November 23, 2014, with live broadcast options on Yahoo and the AMA.
Amethyst Amelia Kelly a.k.a. Iggy Azalia first gained recognition after videos for her controversial songs Pu$$y and Two Times went viral on YouTube. She released her debut mixtape Ignorant Art in September 2011, following which Atlanta-based rapper T.I. announced Azalea’s signing to his record label Grand Hustle.
Under the label, the Black Widow artist released her debut extended play titled Glory in July 2012. She also dabbled with modeling quite successfully and was announced the ‘New Face of Levi Jeans’. The same year, Azalea became both the first female and the first non-American rapper to be featured on XXL‘s annual Top 10 Freshman cover issue.
On April 21, 2014 the Australian rapper released her debut studio album The New Classic under Virgin EMI and Def Jam Recordings. Prior to this, Azalea had released four singles, Work, Bounce, Change Your Life (featuring T.I.) and Fancy (featuring Charli XCX). As Fancy hit the top spot on the US BillBoard Hot 100, She became the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the list.
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