Drake bags a record 13 American Music Awards nominations
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Drake bags a record 13 American Music Awards nominations

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Drake looks set to win big at the American Music Awards after bagging a record 13 nominations on Monday.

The Hotline Bling star’s domination of so many categories, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock, and Favorite Album Pop/Rock, meant he surpassed Michael Jackson’s previous nominations record of 11.

He will compete against rumored girlfriend Rihanna, who surprisingly earned the second highest number of nominations with seven, in the prestigious Artist of the Year category. Beyonce earned just four nominations overall for her critically acclaimed surprise album Lemonade.

Also on a shortlist for the top honor, which will be narrowed down to five artists before the ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 20 are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.

Adele and Justin Bieber picked up five nominations each, with Beyonce on four alongside The Chainsmokers.

Despite going up against each other for the event’s main prize, Drake and Rihanna also received nods for their collaboration on the hit track Work.

The song is nominated in three categories, Video of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song Soul/R&B.

Drake’s album Views is also up for two awards, earning nominations for best album in the Pop/Rock and the Hip Hop/Rap category.

He will duke it out with Justin Bieber and The Weeknd in the Best Male Artist Pop/Rock category

The Canadian rapper, who is yet to win an American Music Award, was also nominated in the Favorite Song Pop/Rock category for his track One Dance, featuring Wizkid & Kyla. Adele’s Hello and Justin’s track Love Yourself are also nominated for that award.

The nominations were announced on U.S. TV show Good Morning America by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten, as well as on a Facebook livestream.

 

The main nominations are as follows:

 

Artist of the Year

Adele

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

Drake

Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

 

New Artist of the Year

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers

DNCE

Shawn Mendes

Zayn Malik

 

Tour of the Year

Beyoncé

Madonna

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

 

Video of the Year

Justin Bieber – Sorry

Desiigner – Panda

Rihanna Featuring Drake – Work

 

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber

Drake

The Weeknd

 

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Adele

Selena Gomez

Rihanna

 

Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers

DNCE

Twenty One Pilots

 

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Adele – 25

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Drake – Views

 

Favorite Song- Pop/Rock

Adele – Hello

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Drake Featuring Wizkid and Kyla – One Dance

– Cover Media

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