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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead AMA race with 6 nominations


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 Dragons will perform.

Swift and Timberlake have five nominations each.

The AMAs will air live on ABC.

Happy Birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Ron Leibman is 76. Singer Gene Watson is 70. Actor David Morse is 60. Actor Stephen Spinella is 57. Actress Joan Cusak is 51. Actor-writer Michael J. Nelson is 49. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 48. Actor Luke Perry is 47. Actor Artie Lange is 46. Actor Jane Krakowski is 45. Actress Emily Deschanel is 37. Actor Trevor Donovan is 35. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 28.