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American Music Awards 2012 Nominations: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead

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The 2012 American Music Awards nominations have arrived and the ladies appear to be running the show. Both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead with equal nominations at this year’s show — they earned four each.

The Young Money MC and the “Diamonds” singer will compete with each other in the Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock category, in which Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry are nominated too. RiRi also gets a nod for Artist of the Year. Her former flame Drake, in addition to Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Perry compete for the same award. Minaj will face-off against Drizzy and rapper Tyga for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop.

Chris Brown gets a nod for Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B, a category he’ll be competing for a win against Trey Songz and Usher.

The 2012 American Music Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Nov. 18 at 8PM EST on ABC.

See the full list of nominees below.

2012 American Music Awards Nominations

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
Beyonce
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Chris Brown – Fortune
Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Usher – Looking 4 Myself

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
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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

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 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

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

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