Drake and Rihanna Leads 2016 American Music Awards Noms

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Drake sets record with 13 2016 American Music Awards nominations; Rihanna second with seven.

Drake sets record with 13 2016 American Music Awards nominations; Rihanna second with seven.


Rachel Platten and Joe Jonas had the honor of announcing the nominations for the 2016 American Music Awards Monday morning on Good Morning America.

Drake broke a 32-year record for the most American Music Awards nominations with 13 nods, beating Michael Jackson's previous high mark of 11 from 1984. The "Hotline Bling" rapper 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. If he wins in any of the categories it will make his first AMA win. The majority of the nominations for Drake this year come from his highly-praised and well-received album, “Views,” which has spent 13 weeks at the top of the U.S. music charts this year. The 2016 album featured the hit songs “One Dance” and “Hotline Bling,” both of which reached near the top of the U.S. Billboard charts. “One Dance” hit the No. 1 spot, chosen as Billboard's 2016 song of the summer, while “Hotline Bling” reached just a spot lower at its peak. As of August, the album had sold over 1 million copies for the Canadian star.

Speaking of Rihanna, the R&B singer is second amongst all nominees with seven of her own. She’s vying with Drake in the Artist of the Year category. In addition, she’s nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Video with Drake, and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist. Many of her nominations tie in with those for Drake as the two worked together on the hit song “Work.”  

Rihanna is followed by Britain's Adele and Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber with five apiece. Beyonce, who in August took home eight statuettes at the MTV Video Music Awards, got just four nods.

Grammy nominations are expected to be unveiled in early December, with the awards taking place on February 12.

Winners are voted entirely by fans, with voting opening today (Oct. 10) in all categories except New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, which will open on Nov. 2. You can place your votes at AMAvote.com. Here is the complete list of nominees.