FINAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FAVORITE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST IN 6th ANNUAL T-MOBILE AWARD FOR THE "2009 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS," LIVE NOV.22 ON ABC
Fans Can Vote for Winner Via T-Mobile Text Messaging or at ama.abc.com
Beginning October 26
The "2009 American Music Awards" is asking the public to cast their votes for the winner of the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award, the only award which determines the fans' top favorite new artist. This is also the only award on the AMAs where fans can text in their votes and continue to vote during the show. The T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award will be revealed during the live telecast of the special, airing SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Fans voted to determine the final nominee in each of the Pop/Rock, Soul/R&B, Country and Rap/Hip-Hop genres. The final nominees now vying for the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award are:
� Lady Gaga (Pop/Rock)
� Keri Hilson (Soul/R&B)
� Gloriana (Country)
� Kid Cudi (Rap/Hip-Hop)
T-Mobile USA customers can send a text message using their phones by sending the letter corresponding to their favorite artist ("A" for Lady Gaga, "B" for Keri Hilson, "C" for Gloriana, "D" for Kid Cudi) to short code "AMA" (262). Standard text messaging charges apply. In addition, votes can also be cast via the internet at ama.abc.com. Voting via T-Mobile text-messaging and on abc.com is now open and will conclude at approximately 9:00 p.m. ET, during the show on November 22.
The nominees were chosen from different genres of music and were the top new artists in each category based on sales and airplay from November 2008 � August 2009.
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