AMA Nominations Announced: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead Nominations

The popular Voice judge/singer Christina Aguilera announced the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards this year. As the nominations were announced it looked as though RnB singer Rihanna and rapping sensation Nicki Minaj are the front runners. Both female artists have been nominated or four awards each, an impressive achievement considering there is so much competition out there these days. Rihanna was nominated for Artist of the Year, Female Pop/Rock Artist, Female Soul/RnB artist and Album for Talk That Talk.

Minaj’s album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was nominated for awards in both the rap/hip hop and the pop/rock categories, and her nods also included a nomination for Favourite Rap Artist. No matter what music fans’ other interests are, from playing board games to on sites like, most will know that Nicki Minaj is currently a judge on talent show American Idol. She is making headlines on that show and has therefore clearly broken into many people’s consciousness.

Coming in next with three nominations each are Maroon 5, Usher, Drake, Justin Bieber and One Direction. There is also a new category in the genre of electronic dance music. Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Skrillex are all competing for this award. One nomination each goes to Adele and Taylor Swift, who were both given three awards at last year’s event. Adele’s nomination comes under the category of Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and she will be competing against Train and Kelly Clarkson. Taylor Swift is up for the award for Female Country Artist, against Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Those vying for the award of Best New Artist include Australian singer/songwriter Gotye, boyband One Direction, RnB singer J Cole and Carly Rae Jepson, the pop singer from Canada.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of The American Music Awards and the show will be broadcast live on 18th November from Los Angeles.

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