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
Twenty One Pilots
New Artist of the Year
Tour of the Year
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Video of the Year
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Desiigner – Panda
Rihanna Featuring Drake – Work
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
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 Media0