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Nicki Minaj Leads American Music Awards nominations with 4 nods

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Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj continues to rack up nominations and awards, this time as the leader of all nominees for the 40th Annual American Music Awards. Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead all nominees, with four nods each. Young Money’s reign continues, as their artist Drake followed, with three nominations. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher also scored three nominations, while J.Cole, Chris Brown, Pitbull Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and others landed two nominations each. In the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop artist category, Young Money has already won, since Tyga, Drake and Nicki Minaj will compete for the award. “The 40th American Music Awards will once again represent the epitome of pop culture featuring today’s biggest stars and music icons all on one stage,” said executive producers Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and Larry Klein said in a joint statement. The nominations were revealed today (October 9), by Christina Aguilera, this morning from L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The 40th Annual American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Sunday, November 18 at 8:00 PM Eastern standard time, on ABC. Check out the full listing of the 2012 American Music Awards 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 FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK · Justin Bieber · Flo Rida · Pitbull · Usher FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK · Kelly Clarkson · Nicki Minaj · Katy Perry · Rihanna FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK · fun. · Maroon 5 · One Direction · The Wanted FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK · Justin Bieber /Believe · Maroon 5/Overexposed · Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded · One Direction/Up All Night FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY · Jason Aldean · Luke Bryan · Eric Church FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY · Miranda Lambert · Taylor Swift · Carrie Underwood FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY · Zac Brown Band · Lady Antebellum · Rascal Flatts FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY · Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines · Lionel Richie/Tuskegee · Carrie Underwood/Blown Away FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP · Drake · Nicki Minaj · Tyga FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP · J. Cole/Cole World: The Sideline Story · Drake/Take Care · Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B · Chris Brown · Trey Songz · Usher FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B · Beyoncé · Mary J. Blige · Rihanna FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B · Chris Brown/Fortune · Rihanna/Talk That Talk · Usher/Looking 4 Myself FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK · The Black Keys Gotye Linkin Park FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY · Adele · Kelly Clarkson · Train FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN · Don Omar · Pitbull · Shakira FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL · Jeremy Camp · Newsboys · tobyMac FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM) · David Guetta · Calvin Harris · Skrillex]]>

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