The King of Pop is up against Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift for the top honor. Jackson is also up for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album (Number Ones) in both the pop/rock music and soul/R&B music categories.
But the “Thriller” hitmaker, who died in June, isn't the nominations leader -- that honor belongs to country music sensation Swift, who landed six nods on Tuesday.
Swift will compete in categories including Favorite Female Country Music Artist, Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Album (Fearless).
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