*Drake‘s great year just got better. The rapper/singer is the recipient of 13 nominations for this year’s American Music Awards, breaking a 32-year-old record for the most AMA nominations that was previously held by Michael Jackson with 11 noms.
He leads all 2016 American Music Awards nominees with nods in categories including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Song and Favorite R&B song, among others. Interestingly, with all these nods this year, he’s never won an AMA before.
Behind Drake is Rihanna with seven nominations. Since they are supposed to be an item, it could make for interesting competition between the two. And we’ll leave it at. 🙂
Meanwhile, Adele and Justin Bieber picked up five nominations each, followed by four nods each for Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers and three for Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd.
Here’s more from Billboard:
Drake will go up against Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Underwood and The Weeknd for Artist of the Year; the 10 nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through Monday, November 14 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, November 17 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period. If Bieber wins the award he will tie current record hold Taylor Swift for the most wins (3). With eight past wins and this year’s five nominations, Bieber needs just one win to become one of the top 10 AMA winners of all time.
Fans can vote for all category once per day, per platform in one or both of the below ways. For New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, fans can vote 100 times per day, per platform at AMAvote.com or by posting a tweet that includes the nominee’s Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s). The2016 American Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are executive producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are producers.
The American Music Awards/AMAs will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. E/P on ABC.