Something tells me you’re going to be seeing this headline a LOT in the next six months or so.

British singer Adele leads the pack in nominations for the 2011 American Music Awards, which will air live on ABC Sunday November 20th. She’s followed by Taylor Swift and Rihanna, who scored three nominations apiece.

As I’m sure you know, Adele’s 21 is by far 2011’s biggest selling album (and let’s face it, no one’s gonna catch it, either) and has already spawned two #1 singles. It’s expected to clean up at the Grammy Awards next year-but nominations for that won’t be announced until December, so we’re gonna have to wait on that one.

Unlike The Grammys, for which the nominations and winners are chosen by music industry professionals, the American Music Awards nominations are chosen by combining Soundscan data with airplay info from Radio & Records magazine. This explains why ‘N Sync and New Kids on the Block have American Music Awards and not Grammys. Lately, the winners of AMAs have been chosen by fans online, and they’ve offered a new wrinkle this year. You get to choose who the final nominees for the New Artist of the Year award are. Head on over to the American Music Awards website and cast your vote to see who moves on to the next round-and final list of nominations. Your options include recent “SNL” guests Foster the People, R&B lothario Miguel, stoner rapper Wiz Khalifa, mindless dance-poppers LMFAO, neo-soul diva Marsha Ambrosius, country acts Thompson Square and The Band Perry, and “Tonight Tonight” hitmakers Hot Chelle Rae.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump, and stay tuned for our 2011 American Music Awards live blog.

Artist of the Year
Adele
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Lil Wayne
Taylor Swift

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist
Adele
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Pitbull

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
LMFAO
Maroon 5
OneRepublic

Pop or Rock Album
Adele – 21
Rihanna – Loud
Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
The Throne – Watch the Throne
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Male Artist
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist
Rihanna
Beyoncé
Kelly Rowland

Soul/R&B Album
Chris Brown – F.A.M.E.
Rihanna – Loud
Beyoncé – 4

Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist
Foo Fighters
Black Keys
Mumford & Sons

Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist
Adele
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry

Latin Music: Favorite Artist
Pitbull
Enrique Iglesias
Jennifer Lopez

Country Music: Favorite Female Artist
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift

Country Music: Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
The Band Perry

Country Music: Favorite Album
Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party
Taylor Swift – Speak Now
The Band Perry – The Band Perry

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