Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead AMA nominations

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for this year's american Music Awards (AMAs) with four nods each

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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).

The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.

Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.

Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'.

As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for 'Talk That Talk'.

A new category has been introduced this year, Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM), in which David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex will do battle.

Christina Aguilera - who announced the nominations in Los Angeles today (09.10.12) - is the first performer to be announced for the ceremony, which takes place at Los Angeles' Nokia theater on November 18.

Voting opens online for the awards today (09.10.12).

2012 American Music Awards nominations list:

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 ARTIST - 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

Rihanna

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