Nicki Minaj, Rihanna Lead AMA Nominations

LOS ANGELES (October 10, 2012)—Rihanna and Nicki Minaj each have four nominations for the American Music Awards

Five acts picked up three nominations including Drake, Justin Bieber, Usher, Maroon 5 and the British boy band One Direction.

Among those with two nods each are Chris Brown and Pitbull.

Joining Rihanna in the battle for artist of the year are Drake, Bieber, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.

The winners will be announced at a live ceremony on Nov. 18 in Los Angeles, which ABC will carry live.

Nominees

Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna.

Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.


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