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

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

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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