Tuesday, October 09, 2007

American Music Awards goes all interactive

In what they're pitching as some sort of all-new breakthrough, this year you - yes, YOU - can vote for the winners of the American Music Awards. Providing you want to pick something from the conservative shortlists that have been drawn up on your behalf.

Here are the nominees; leap over the list:

POP OR ROCK
Favorite Male Artist:
Akon
Timbaland
Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Fergie
Avril Lavigne

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Linkin Park
Maroon 5
Nickelback

Favorite Album:
Daughtry/Daughtry
Linkin Park/Minutes To Midnight
Justin Timberlake/FutureSex/Love Sounds

COUNTRY
Favorite Male Artist:
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist:
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album:
Tim McGraw/Let It Go
Rascal Flatts/Me And My Gang
Carrie Underwood/Some Hearts

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES
Favorite Male Artist:
Akon
Ne-Yo
T-Pain

Favorite Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Fantasia
Rihanna

Favorite Album:
Beyoncé /B'Day
R. Kelly/Double Up
Justin Timberlake/FutureSex/LoveSounds

RAP/HIP-HOP
Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Bone Thugs-N-Hamony
Pretty Ricky
Shop Boyz

Favorite Male Artist:
Fabolous
T.I.
Young Jeezy

Favorite Album:
Bones Thugs-N-Harmony/Strength & Loyalty
T.I./T.I. vs. T.I.P.
Young Jeezy/The Inspiration

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Favorite Artist:
Daughtry
Norah Jones
John Mayer

LATIN MUSIC
Favorite Artist:
Daddy Yankee
Juan Luis Guerra y 440
Jennifer Lopez

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Artist:
Linkin Park
My Chemical Romance
The White Stripes

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist:
Casting Crowns
Jeremy Camp
tobyMac

SOUNDTRACKS
Favorite Album:
Dreamgirls
Hairspray
High School Musical 2

FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Daughtry
Plain White T's
Robin Thicke

You see, you can have Thurston Moore being flogged in a thousand coffee shops in a thousand towns, but it doesn't mean you'll shift the locus of your nation's default mainstream tastes.