Alicia Keys Leads American Music Award Nominations
Coming in second to Keys are the British quartet Coldplay and veteran rockers the Eagles, with four apiece. Next in line, with three nods each, are rap superstar Lil Wayne and R&B hit-maker Chris Brown. All five acts are competing for the highest honor: Artist of the Year.
The show will air live on Nov. 23 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, with Jimmy Kimmel once more emceeing.
"I haven't prepared anything yet," the nighttime talk show host tells PEOPLE. "I never have anything planned or in store, but we will! I still have a month to go."
Kimmel announced the lucky crop of contenders alongside dancer-chanteuse Julianne Hough and pop star Jesse McCartney.
The show will also feature a star-studded list of performers including the Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo, Pink, the Pussycat Dolls and the reunited New Kids on the Block.
Kimmel, however, said unscripted moments are often the most entertaining, like last year when Joe Jonas slipped during his group’s performance.
"You know what, it always makes it more interesting if somebody trips and falls," says the comic. "So I don't know, maybe it will be me. Who knows? We're going to push somebody off the stage this year."
Reporting by MARISA LAUDADIO and JESSICA HERNDON