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Check Out the Nominees for the 2014 American Music Awards

It’s almost time for the 2014 American Music Awards, and the nominees have officially been announced. Leading the pack with six nominations is rapper Iggy Azalea, who has had a big year, especially with her single “Fancy!” Other nominees include Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Eminem.

See the full list of nominees below!

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 
•    Iggy Azalea
•    Beyoncé
•    Luke Bryan
•    Eminem
•    Imagine Dragons
•    John Legend
•    Lorde
•    One Direction
•    Katy Perry
•    Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S 
•    5 Seconds of Summer
•    Iggy Azalea
•    Bastille
•    Sam Smith
•    Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
•    Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX “Fancy”
•    John Legend “All of Me”
•    MAGIC! “Rude”
•    Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J “Dark Horse”
•    Pharrell Williams “Happy”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK 
•    John Legend
•    Sam Smith
•    Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
•    Iggy Azalea
•    Lorde
•    Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
•    Imagine Dragons
•    One Direction
•    OneRepublic

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK 
•    Lorde “Pure Heroine”
•    One Direction “Midnight Memories”
•    Katy Perry “Prism”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
•    Jason Aldean
•    Luke Bryan
•    Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
•    Miranda Lambert
•    Kacey Musgraves
•    Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY  
•    Eli Young Band
•    Florida Georgia Line
•    Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY 
•    Garth Brooks “Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences”
•    Eric Church “The Outsiders”
•    Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
•    Iggy Azalea
•    Drake
•    Eminem

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP 
•    Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”
•    Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
•    Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B 
•    Chris Brown
•    John Legend
•    Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B 
•    Jhene Aiko
•    Beyoncé
•    Mary J.  Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B 
•    Beyoncé “Beyoncé”
•    John Legend “Love in the Future”
•    Pharrell Williams “G I R L”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
•    Bastille
•    Imagine Dragons
•    Lorde

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY 
•    Sara Bareilles
•    OneRepublic
•    Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN 
•    Marc Anthony
•    Enrique Iglesias
•    Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
•    Casting Crowns
•    Hillsong United
•    Newsboys

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
•    Avicii
•    Calvin Harris
•    Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK
•    Frozen
•    The Fault In Our Stars
•    Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live on  Sunday, Nov. 23 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on ABC. The AMAs are based solely on the votes of the fans, so get to voting for your faves!

Ariana Grande Releases ’60s Mod-Style “Problem” Video

“I got one less problem without you!” Ariana Grande has officially dropped the music video for her hit song, “Problem,” featuring Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea.

Drawing inspiration from the ’60s, the video features Ariana and her go-go dancers rocking out in front spinning backdrops, pulling out dance moves and outfits from the era. Even Iggy sported big, hair-sprayed, bouffant hair, giving ’60s mod-style. Even rapper Big Sean makes a small cameo in the retro visual, singing a part of the hook (maybe subliminally talking about his split from Naya Rivera???).

“Problem,” produced by Max Martin, is the first single from Ariana’s upcoming sophomore album, which is at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. No details yet on what her new album has to offer, but with a hit like this, I’m sure it will be awesome!

Watch the video below!

Iggy Azalea Talks Tupac, Depression And Her Rough Childhood

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Iggy Azalea recently chatted it up in various interviews about her life before stardom, how she fell in love with hip hop at the age of 12 (and it was all because of Tupac…see video below), writing rhymes to impress a boy and how she felt alone growing up in Australia because of her parents’ unstable relationship.

It’s always kind of interesting to see where stars came from, albeit crazy. It brings them down to our level…a tad.

Check out highlights from Azalea’s recent interview with Nylon below.

ON WHETHER SHE WAS ALWAYS INTO HIP HOP AND RAP GROWING UP:

I’ve always been into it. Not from birth, but I think nobody is really into a same type of music until, probably, they hit puberty and decide to do their own thing. And you want to wear not the clothes your mother gave you, and you want to listen to your own music and have your own style and be your own person. So from that point, I’ve always loved rap music.

ON HER DEBUT MIXTAPE’S TITLE, “IGNORANT ART”:

I see an ongoing theme in my music as experimenting with rap and different styles of sounds and blending them. There’s this funny kind of culture in rap music of hip-hop purists who believe that rap music should sound one way, and that’s the correct or right way for it to sound–the “real rap” sound versus something else–and I think that something else sometimes gets labeled as ignorant. I think art can be ignorant or really crude. Basquiat was an artist that I based my cover off because I think his art was very crude and sometimes misunderstood. Crude not in a rude way, but in a raw way. Not polished. If I tell a story, then that’s real rap, but if I talk about vaginas, then that’s not art anymore. What is real rap? What is art?

ON HER “THE NEW CLASSIC” COMING OUT IN SEPTEMBER:

It’s a bit more story telling. It’s stuff that you can dance to. Definitely high-energy things, but I talk a bit more about relationships and stories that I have about different relationships that I’ve had with guys. Or, I talk a lot about chasing your dreams or chasing my dreams. Dreams, men, and twerking are the three subjects.

ON WHAT ROLE FASHION PLAYS IN HER ART:

I think that it’s really important–fashion. But, I love fashion in the costume way. Not to say that how I dress is a costume, but I love movie characters, and I love the fashion of costumes and characters more than I like to look at a runway.

ON HER STYLE ICONS:

I really like Grace Kelly. I just think she’s so chic and she had great classical tailoring. I like characters. I like Grease. I like Lola Bunny from Space Jam because she’s always wears high-waisted shorts and a crop top when she plays basketball, which I wear quite often. I have her bang. My ponytail could be her rabbit ears. I like The Nanny girl Fran. She’s my style icon, Fran Drescher. I love her suits! They’re so gaudy and awesome.

ON CHALLENGES OF BEING A FEMALE RAPPER:

I think it’s hard to be aggressive and not be masculine. It’s very hard to balance that and still be feminine. And to have people want to listen to you, sonically: your tone and also your message. When somebody is too masculine as a woman I even think it’s a bit cringe-y. It’s a difficult tightrope walk.

ON WHAT DIFFERENTIATES HER FROM OTHER WOMEN IN HIP-HOP:

We have our own story to tell or things that we want to say. Some of us just want to say that we dress well or that we’re the baddest bitch. Everybody is something. Sometimes people don’t necessarily have a story. For me, I just always feel like I want to be powerful, and that’s what my music is about, whether it’s telling a story–like “Work,” about how I got to where I am and for that to hopefully make other people feel motivated to follow their dreams or just making a badass song like “Pu$$y,” where it makes you feel confident. My reoccurring theme is just trying to make you feel like you’re powerful.

IN THREE WORDS HOW SHE WOULD DESCRIBE HER SOUND:

I think it’s energetic, probably experimental–it’s not crude–but it’s taboo. It’s like, ‘Did she really just say that?’ Yeah, I said it.

IN THREE WORDS, HOW HER MOM WOULD DESCRIBE HER SOUND:

In the gutter.