2013 American Music Awards nominees announced

Justin Timberlake accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards.

The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for "Thrift Shop."

The "Same Love" performers will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars for artist of the year at the Nov. 24 fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragon will perform.

Will.i.am and Kelly Clarkson announced the nominees Thursday at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York.

Swift and Timberlake have five nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Mars and Imagine Dragons are up for three awards each.

Nominees for single of the year -- a new award -- include Thicke's ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" and Florida Georgia Line and Nelly's "Cruise."

Swift, Rihanna and Pink are nominated for favorite female artist-pop/rock. Timberlake, Thicke and Mars are up for favorite male artist-pop/rock.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' other nominations include favorite band, duo or group-pop/rock, favorite artist-rap/hip-hop and favorite album-rap/hip-hop for their platinum-selling debut, "The Heist." They will compete with Jay Z in both rap categories.

The AMAs will air live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Winners are chosen by public vote here.

Justin Bieber was last year's big winner, taking home three awards including artist of the year.

Take a look at some of the major categories for the 2013 awards show:

Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock

Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B

Miguel
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

New Artist of the Year

Florida Georgia Line
Ariana Grande
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Phillip Phillips

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.

Artist of the Year

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Bruno Mars
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
Justin Timberlake

Go here for more on this year's nominees.

  • CBS News Staff

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