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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj lead AMA nods

11 October 2012, 10:37

Los Angeles - RnB star Rihanna and rapper Nicki Minaj led nominations for the American Music Awards with four apiece on Tuesday, edging out stiff competition from pop sensations Justin Bieber and One Direction.

Rihanna, 24, was nominated in the top category - artist of the year - where she will compete with Bieber, Katy Perry, pop-rockers Maroon 5 and Canadian rapper Drake.

She also won nods for female soul/RnB artist and album for Talk That Talk, and will battle Minaj, 29, in the female pop/rock artist category.

Minaj scored two nods for her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in both the pop/rock and rap/hip hop categories this year, as well as a nomination for favourite rap artist, alongside Drake and American newcomer Tyga.

Minaj has been making headlines after joining the American Idol judging panel, where she was caught feuding on camera with fellow judge Mariah Carey in early audition rounds.

One nomination each

Boyfriend singer Bieber, 18, landed three nominations this year, tying with British boy band One Direction, Maroon 5, Drake and RnB star Usher.

Following in the footsteps of the Grammy Awards earlier this year, which hosted a tribute to electronic dance music, the American Music Awards introduced a new category in that genre, with David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex competing for the trophy.

Last year's big winners, Adele and Taylor Swift, who both scored three awards each, received one nomination each this year. Swift scored a nod for female country artist alongside Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, while Adele was nominated in the favourite adult contemporary artist category alongside Kelly Clarkson and Train.

First performer announced

The closely-watched new artist category will be a battle between RnB singer J Cole, indie-pop band fun., Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepson and One Direction.

The AMA winners are determined by fans through online voting, which starts on Tuesday.

The American Music Awards will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and the ceremony and performance show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on 18 November.

Pop star and The Voice judge Christina Aguilera, who announced the nominees on Tuesday, was the first performer to be announced for the live show.

2012 American Music Awards nominations 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

Favourtie 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/RnB:
Chris Brown
Trey Songz

Favourite Female Artist - Soul/RnB:
Mary J Blige

Favourite Album - Soul/RnB:
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

- Reuters


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