The five posthumous Michael Jackson AMA Awards nominations have made him the music artist with the second most nods at the 37th annual ceremony on Sun., Nov 22; among these, Artist of the Year. The King of Pop is second only to country music superstar Taylor Swift, who has received six.

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Completing the full list of MJ nominations in the 2009 American Music Awards are the additional nods in both the Pop or Rock Music Category as well as the Soul/Rhythm & Blues Music Category:

Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Album (Number Ones)

Vying with him for aforementioned Artist of the Year Award: Taylor Swift, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Kings of Leon.

In the months unfolding after his untimely death, we have seen a wealth of video tributes everywhere, notably on previous awards presentations this year, such as the 2009 MTV VMAs with his sister, Janet Jackson, giving a standout dance tribute which was all the more poignant for his presence in footage from the music video Scream, projected on the screen as she mirrored his dance moves in what was their only song and video collaboration.

Once again, his presence looms as his sister will open the 2009 AMAs in what is being called a “special opening performance.”

As notes, the music legend won during his lifetime a grand total of 22 American Music Awards. Notably he won eight AMAs in 1983 for his landmark album Thriller which, certified 29 times platinum by the R.I.A.A., remains the best selling album of all time. Additionally, he was the co-host of the first AMA Awards program in 1973.

The nominations were announced in October prior to the release of his new song, the title track of the This Is It movie soundtrack, (although video clips and trailers were out). The film which documents what would have been his 50-concert residency at O2 Arena in London, is still playing in limited release in theaters remains an additional signifier of his enduring legacy.

As it stands, these five Michael Jackson AMA Awards nominations tribute the pioneering achievements of the one and only King of Pop.

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