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Rihanna, Minaj Lead AMA Nominees

11:31 AM Tuesday 10/9/12 | |

Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are the leading nominees at the 40th annual American Music Awards with four nods each.

  • Rihanna

    Wireless Festival, Hyde Park, London, UK
    July 8, 2012

    (AP Photo)


Christina Aguilera announced the nominations Tuesday in Los Angeles. She also said she plans to perform at the ceremony next month.

Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher earned three bids apiece. Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J. Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull are each double nominees.

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

Nominees are selected based on broadcast airplay and online popularity. Fans can vote online for their favorites in all 20 categories.

  • Justin Bieber

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
    October 2, 2012

    (Matt Sayles / Invision / AP)


The American Music Awards will be presented Nov. 18 at Nokia Theatre and broadcast live on ABC.

The complete list of 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.

  • One Direction

    MTV Video Music Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
    September 6, 2012

    (Mark J. Terrill / Invision / AP)


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.

  • Nicki Minaj

    Roseland Ballroom, New York City
    August 14, 2012

    (Jason DeCrow / Invision / AP)


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: Beyoncé, 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.

  • The Black Keys

    Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.
    April 20, 2012

    (John Davisson)


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

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