Now you can vote for your favorite nominees until Nov. 12. ABC’s live telecast of the 2010 American Music Awards will be on Nov. 21. The nominations were announced Tuesday, Oct. 12. The artists with the most nominations this year at five each are Eminem and Lady Antebellum. Tween sensation Justin Bieber received four while Katy Perry, B.o.B, Ke$ha and Usher have four nominations under their belts. In the category of 2010 Artist of the Year, the nominees, who aren’t surprising, are Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Eminem.
Favorite Soundtrack – “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 The Showstoppers” (“Glee” Cast)
Dick Clark, the originator of “American Bandstand,” a dance show from the ’50s to ’80s, created the AMAs or American Music Awards in 1973. It was in direct competition with the Grammy Awards, where only music industry peers vote on quality. The AMAs allow the general public to vote on nominations derived from sales and airplay compiled by retailers and radio stations. In the lesser known but all important category of Favorite Soundtrack album, I saw one nominee that quickly caught my eye.
They’ve been in the news lately for breaking a significant milestone achievement on the Billboard pop chart. “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 The Showstoppers” comes from the highly popular television series on FOX about a glee club — or show choir — at a fictional high school set in Ohio.
Their previous volumes have been extremely successful as well. One of the reasons I’d love to see this album win Favorite Soundtrack at the American Music Awards is the variety of music, genres and eras of songs that is featured on this volume and their other volumes.
They cover songs from the oldies to the most current, including Broadway show tunes. I’ve always enjoyed soundtrack albums, but the one by the “Glee” cast is truly special because they’ve performed and recorded hit songs I remember from my childhood to some of the most memorable times throughout my life. I love their renditions and the way they’re incorporated into the weekly TV episodes.
“Glee” With a Little Help From The Beatles
Why does this soundtrack album deserve to win? In my opinion, it’s for the extraordinary feat it recently achieved. Not only is this television show a phenomenal hit with critics and TV viewers, the soundtrack albums are breaking all kinds of records on the Billboard charts, both traditionally and digitally. Now the “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 The Showstoppers” soundtrack album has surpassed The Beatles with the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a non-solo act.
The Beatles’ record was 71 titles, which was accomplished from 1964 to 1996. The “Glee” cast now has 75 titles within a time frame of one year, four months and two weeks. When the “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 The Showstoppers” album was released in mid May 2010, it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts for albums at number one. Not only that, it sold 136,000 copies during its first week of release in the US, beating another record previously set by The Beatles in 1966 for shortest span between first weeks at number one.
This soundtrack album has tough competition from the “Iron Man 2” (AC/DC) and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (Various Artists) albums. Be sure to cast your vote for the “Glee” cast soundtrack, though, because it has a variety of fascinating songs and it’s breaking all kinds of other records. Vote here until Nov. 12 and watch the AMAs on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET “live,” where anything can happen.
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Compiled by Times staff (2010, October 12). Cast of ‘Glee’ beats Beatles on Billboard. St. Petersburg Times, p. 2B.
American Music Awards: 2010 Vote, ABC