- Associated Press - Sunday, November 20, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It’s raining music artists _ and just raining _ outside the American Music Awards.

Taio Cruz, Joe Jonas, Jenny McCarthy and Smokey Robinson were among the celebrities who braved the tented red carpet outside the Nokia Theatre in unusually dreary Los Angeles for the 39th annual performance-packed show.

Alanis Morissette didn’t let the drippy weather stop her from wearing a dreamy black chiffon dress and fishtail braid.

“It was planned way before,” confessed the singer, who will introduce Mary J. Blige and her tribute to the late rapper Heavy D.

Adele is the leading nominee at this year’s AMAs, but the British singer won’t be attending Sunday’s ceremony because she is recovering from recent throat surgery.

The 23-year-old singer is up for four awards: Female artist, adult contemporary artist, artist of the year and favorite album for “21,” the country’s best-selling album this year.

Other top nominees include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry, who have three bids apiece. Fans chose the winners by voting online.

Nicki Minaj and David Guetta are set to open the show, which will air live on ABC.

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