Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead 2012 American Music Awards Nominations

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna

Girl power reigns supreme at the 2012 American Music Awards. Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the pack with the most nominations at this year’s show.

The femme fatales score four nominations each, it was announced today. Drake, Usher, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and One Direction follow with three nominations apiece, while Chris Brown, J. Cole, Carrie Underwood, fun., Gotye, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull each earn two nods.

A grateful Nicki took to Twitter to celebrate the news. “4 nominations?!?!?! Whoa! Thank you so very much to the American Music Awards. Very, very grateful. Luvu Barbz!!! mmmmuuuaaaahhhh!!!!” she tweeted.

In the coveted Artist of the Year category, the nominees include Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and Katy Perry, while J. Cole will vie against fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, and One Direction for New Artist of the Year.

Drake will go up against his Young Money labelmates Nicki and Tyga in the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist category, while Chris Brown, Rihanna, and Usher face off for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

Christina Aguilera will perform at the 40th annual affair set to be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles on November 18 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

See the full list of nominees below.

2012 American Music Awards Nominations

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 Album – 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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71 Comments

  1. MmmHmm

    RIHANNA OVER NICKI THE CLOWN ANY DAY! I HOPE RIHANNA TAKES THEM ALL!

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    BEYONCELAND Reply:

    @MmmHmm, Beyonce is Coming! So get ready. She is taking no prisoners on her 5th Album!!

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    Ms Thing Honey Child Girl Boobie Gone Go Kill Yourself Reply:

    @BEYONCELAND,

    Chile please. Where is she coming from? Ratchetville? You and Ms. Lacefront can have several _/ _/ _/

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    Barbie Bitch Reply:

    @BEYONCELAND, ya’ll said the same thing about 4closure next!

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    Jay Scorpio Reply:

    @Barbie Bitch, DEAD!!!!!!!!

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    maya Reply:

    @Barbie Bitch, “4Closure” still managed to go #1, sold 310k in its first week, and she made history w| that album. Keep chatting.

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    Barbie Bitch Reply:

    @maya, “she had made history…” gurl.

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    D.King Reply:

    @Barbie Bitch, 4 CLOSURE!!!!!!! LMAO I just cant take that LMAO!!! But it was a good album though just saying

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    Stop! Reply:

    @MmmHmm, dumb hoe! Fuck Rihanna slutty ass!

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  2. TeamQUEENBEE

    Nicki’s not winning anything if shes going up against rihanna and drake for every award shes nominated for lol

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    WAIT Reply:

    @TeamQUEENBEE, wait why are you here when the post is not even about kim let alone her being nominated? :/

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    JeovanyRoman Reply:

    @TeamQUEENBEE, she did on the mtv awards :’((( lol

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    who gonna check me boo Reply:

    @JeovanyRoman, but Rihanna won the most coveted award that night .

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    maya Reply:

    @TeamQUEENBEE, Well she did take a VMA from Rihanna which even I didn’t see coming.

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  3. anonymous

    Clearly the both of you @TeamQUEENBEE and @MmmHmm are sad losers. coming here to post a comment on Nicki first. clear you are fans. Stay mad, that girl Nicki, stays winning.

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  4. nicki is it

    they jst keep talkin Nicki will win sum thing and we all no this so go some where with that shit !

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  5. nicki is it

    I love RiRi and Nicki and they both will winn something !

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  6. the end

    they talkin shit sayin nicki aint going to winn over RiRh but didn’t she just do that at the MTVvideo Awards ……oh ok

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    China Reply:

    @the end, lmfaooooooo truuuuuuuuuuuu

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    WAIT Reply:

    @China, lol word

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    Tj Reply:

    @the end, they obviously didn’t remember that,are did they.

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    Realshitlol Reply:

    @the end, right !!!!!

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  7. @TEAMFOXYDONDIVA

    You fags soon forget nicki won over rihanna @ the vma’s!! stay mad !!

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  8. cma

    someone explain to me why people are pitting nicki and ri against each other? they’re only in one category together…

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  9. TRA

    The Grammy Awards is the only awards show left with real creditability compare to these other awards shows, even though the Grammy Awards have been terrible the last couple of years.

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    WAIT Reply:

    @TRA, OOOOOH SHUTUP YOU OLD HAG LOOOOOOOL

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    TRA Reply:

    @WAIT, Im actually 25, not an old hag, dumbass.

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    WAIT Reply:

    @TRA, LOOOOOL 25 ???? #yourelateforwork

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    Lithuanian Reply:

    @WAIT, Ignore them, Rap-Up’s age group is pretty much 6-12.

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  10. Girl Bye

    The Gimmick Awards..

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  11. @Jayrican18

    Yes Riri!

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  12. tabatha

    I think that Rihana is so beautiful i love her eyes and her makeup she can sing real good

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    MusicJunkie Reply:

    @tabatha, Are You High ? Drunk ?

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  13. Hakeem

    J.Cole deserves to win every award that he’s up for! He had a great year.

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    UKCW Reply:

    @Hakeem, I agree

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  14. Kaylaa

    Go nick and drake!

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  15. the end

    i love riri but Nicki is my queen so let’s good but they both will winn something !

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  16. RDK

    I love the look of this.

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  17. miles

    J.Cole, best new artist???

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  18. kels

    is this a vote thing? cos if it is j.cole can kiss his best new artist chances goodbye with the little kids voting for one direction. best rap album is very likely

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  19. Jorge

    Wow, horrible lists lol J. Cole is only deserving and Frank Ocean got snubbed smh

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    Yup Reply:

    @Jorge, Franks album came out too late, he will be nominated next year

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  20. LOLatHaters

    This is a mess.

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  21. Ray

    YAS Rih you betta give Nicki the side eye!

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  22. UKCW

    Good to see J.Cole up for nominations. I guess the Best new artist award is for his mainstream album because hes been king of the undergrond/mixtape world for the last few years

    Hes got to win best Rap/HipHop album because Nicki Minaj has a big Pop/Dance influence and Drakes contained a lot of RnB

    Chance of him winning tho are slim as fck

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    Coleworld-K.dot4 eva Reply:

    @UKCW, Yes I agree… the dude deserves every…lets hope the judges know Rap…which Cole reps in his album!

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  23. DRB

    Nothing Rihanna has ever done is “soul.” Or even R&B for that matter. She’s a pop artist. Forget her skin color and there are no other big R&B artists out, she’s pop. They just needed to fill the category.

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    Time To School These Heifers Reply:

    @DRB, farewell, hate that i love you, take a bow, questions existing, cold case love, rehab, hard, unfaithful, firebomb, g4l, farewell, skin, cry…i can go on for days.

    HUH come again.

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    Yup Reply:

    @Time To School These Heifers, those are all pop songs…

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    DRB Reply:

    @Time To School These Heifers, Every. Single. One. is a pop song. Yes, please go on. I’m enjoying you proving my point.

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    maya Reply:

    @Time To School These Heifers, None of those songs were on TTT though so your point possessed no value. Find a chair.

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  24. Tim

    Nicki is going to walk away with 2 if not 1 awards.
    Even if you don’t like Nicki that’s completely fine, but you shouldn’t lie to yourself and say she isn’t going to win anything.

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  25. MusicJunkie

    I’d Be So Happy ‘ If J Cole Won & Since When no talent rihanna is considered R&B / Soul ? I cant with those industry !

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    Nathan Reply:

    @MusicJunkie, Definitely not “soul.” They need to be bitch slapped for that one. An R&B single here and there doesn’t take away from the fact that she’s recognized, internationally, as a POP STAR.

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  26. ......

    (~_~)

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  27. Pereezy YMCMB MMG

    Young Money and J Cole will win it

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  28. Kalin

    J. Cole is going to get cheated in both categories. Damn shame.

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    maya Reply:

    @Kalin, I know -_-

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  29. Hank

    In the ’80s, the AMAs were hard down BLUNT.

    “Favorite black record”

    “Favorite black single”

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  30. REAL R&B LOVER

    Is it me or something is wrong? As much as I loveeee Rihanna she is NOT soul, she is Pop. They got Nicki in Pop and Hip Hop catergories… SMH she is more POP than HIP-HOP…. #jUSTSAYING!!!

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  31. REM

    This list depresses me…… so much

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  32. BW Extreme

    I want to see performances from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Ke$ha!

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  33. Brandon

    LMFAO at Nicki being placed in the “pop/rock” category. I’m WEAK.

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  34. youMAD?stayMAD!

    YAAAAAAAAAS Nicki for killing these b*tches with diversity!!!!

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  35. Warren

    Rihanna r&b????

    REALLY, Ama’s???

    this is a JOKE.

    and even more, nominated both in r&b and Pop. What the hell is this? She is pop or r&b, not both!

    I love many Rihanna’s singles, but this is sad. There are many r&b artists doing music this year, Rihanna shouldnt be on that category.

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  36. Zack

    Nicki shouldn’t even be nominated. No one is checking for her. LOL

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  37. BEDSTUYFLY

    LMAO CHILE THE SHADE. I LOVE ME SUM RIHANNA, BUT BEST R&B??? LMAO LETS NOT. BEST POP,& BEST FEMALE, HELL YES.

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  38. slickjville

    DID YA NOTCIE YMCMB ARE IN THE FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTISTS AWARDS LOLOL THAT SOME FUNNY SHIT :)

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  39. MusicLove

    I hope they both win. They are both awesome artists.

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  40. Coleworld-K.dot4 eva

    Cole hope they r fair to him this time…. He should have won that new artist Grammy

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  41. R to the Diamonds star down to the C way

    everybody is gonna win their own award show

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