NEW YORK • Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards.
The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for "Thrift Shop."
The "Same Love" performers will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars for artist of the year at the Nov. 24 fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragon will perform.
Kelly Clarkson and will.i.am announced the nominees Thursday at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. Will.i.am predicted Mars would win the top prize.