Newcomers Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, left, and his producer Ryan Lewis will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the top prize at the 2013 American Music Awards. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — 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.”
In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival, day 2, in Las Vegas, NV. Cyrus’s wild child antics, from being nude in the music video for her first No. 1 hit, “Wrecking Ball,” to her nipple tape at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, have made headlines. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers. Pharrell produced several songs on Cyrus’ new album. She has been featured on the latest albums from Snoop Lion and will.i.am. Big Sean requested her as the star of his “Fire” music video. And to top it off, Kanye West invited her to appear on the remix to “Black Skinhead,” his anti-racism rant from his eerie and dark “Yeezus” album.