Pop divas Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead AMA nominations

Oct 10, 2012

Justin Bieber and One Direction follow closely with three nods for American Music Awards

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RIHANNA and Nicki Minaj dominate the nominations for this year's American Music Awards with four nods each.
The pair will go up against each other in the favourite female pop/rock artist category, while Rihanna will also compete against Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry in the top category: artist of the year.
As the BBC reports, Rihanna will be hoping to do better than at the recent US MTV Video Music Awards, where she won in only one out of five categories.
Bieber and One Direction are in the running for three awards each, while Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and Katy Perry are among those up for two.
J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for the closely watched new artist of the year category.
Following in the footsteps of the Grammy Awards earlier this year, the AMAs have introduced a new category in electronic dance music, with David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex competing for the trophy.
Last year's big winners, Adele and Taylor Swift, who both won three awards each, received one nomination each this year.
Swift scored a nod for female country artist, while Adele was nominated in the favourite adult contemporary artist category.
Christina Aguilera announced the nominations in Los Angeles yesterday, where the awards ceremony will take place on 18 November. Fans are now able to vote for the winners.

The full nomination list:
Artist of the year
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
Katy Perry
New artist of the year
J. Cole
Carly Rae Jepsen
One Direction
Favourite male artist - pop/rock
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
Favourite female artist - pop/rock
Kelly Clarkson
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Favourite band, duo or group - pop/rock
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
Favourite album - pop/rock
Justin Bieber - Believe
Maroon 5 - Overexposed
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
One Direction - Up All Night
Favourite male artist - country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Favourite female artist - country
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Favourite band, duo or group - country
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Favourite album - country
Luke Bryan - Tailgates & Tanlines
Lionel Richie - Tuskegee
Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
Favourite artist - rap/hip-hop
Nicki Minaj
Favourite album - rap/hip-hop
J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
Drake - Take Care
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Favourite male artist - soul/R&B
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Favourite female artist - soul/R&B
Mary J. Blige
Favourite album - soul/R&B
Chris Brown - Fortune
Rihanna - Talk That Talk
Usher - Looking 4 Myself
Favourite artist - alternative rock
The Black Keys
Linkin Park
Favourite artist - adult contemporary
Kelly Clarkson
Favourite artist - Latin
Don Omar
Favourite artist - contemporary inspirational
Jeremy Camp
Favourite artist - electronic dance music (EDM)
David Guetta
Calvin Harris

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