Drake, Adele, Rihanna, Justin Bieber up for Artist of the Year

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 October 2016
Rihanna and Drake

Rihanna and Drake

Drake, Rihanna, Adele and Justin Bieber are all nominated for Artist of the Year at the upcoming American Music Awards

Drake, Adele, Justin Bieber and Rihanna will go head to head for Artist of the Year at the 2016 American Music Awards.

The quartet - who have received multiple nominations at the upcoming ceremony - will face competition from The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots and Carrie Underwood to land the prestigious award.

Adele, Justin and Rihanna are all up for five prizes at next month's ceremony, but Drake leads the way with a staggering 12 nods.

The 'Hotline Bling' hitmaker even received two entries each in the Collaboration of the Year, Favorite Song - Soul/R&B, and Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop categories, as well as being recognised in another six categories.

He shares one of his Collaboration of the Year nods and Video of the Year nominations with Rihanna, as its for her song 'Work', which he featured on.

The nominations were revealed by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten on Monday (10.10.16), with the major categories announced on 'Good Morning America', and further shortlists revealed on Snapchat and a live stream on the show's Facebook page and ABCNews.com.

Both stars had the honour of revealing their own nominations, with Rachel overwhelmed to learn she'll contest Adele and Meghan Trainor for the Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary category.

She said: "I wish I'd played it a little cooler but I didn't like play it cool at all. I was like, 'Oh my God'. was really excited.

"I really truly make music so that I can bring people together and help people and spread love, so that's amazing."

Joe's band DNCE are up for Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and New Artist of the Year Un-Leased By T-Mobile and he found their nominations "overwhelming".

He said: "You obviously make music because it's what's from your heart, but also you want to get out there and perform for this audience and the fans that vote and show up to shows and wait outside in the freezing cold to say hi.

"It's why we do it."

The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The American Music Awards 2016 full list of nominations:

Artist of the Year:



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year Un-Leased By T-Mobile:

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes


Collaboration of the Year:

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya - 'Don't Let Me Down'

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla - 'One Dance'

Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $Ign - 'Work From Home'

Rihanna Featuring Drake - 'Work'

Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend - 'Like I'm Gonna Lose You'

Tour of the Year:



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Video of the Year:

Justin Bieber - 'Sorry'

Desiigner - 'Panda'

Rihanna Featuring Drake - 'Work'

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock:

Justin Bieber


The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock:


Selena Gomez


Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock:

The Chainsmokers


Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock:

Adele - '25'

Justin Bieber - 'Purpose'

Drake - 'Views'

Favorite Song- Pop/Rock:

Adele - 'Hello'

Justin Bieber - 'Love Yourself'

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla - 'One Dance'

Favorite Male Artist - Country:

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist - Country:

Kelsea Ballerini


Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group - Country:

Zac Brown Band

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favorite Album - Country:

Luke Bryan - 'Kill The Lights'

Chris Stapleton - 'Traveller'

Carrie Underwood - 'Storyteller'

Favorite Song - Country:

Florida Georgia Line - 'H.O.L.Y'

Tim McGraw - 'Humble And Kind'

Thomas Rhett - 'Die A Happy Man'

Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop:


Fetty Wap


Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop:

Drake - 'Views'

Drake & Future - 'What A Time To Be Alive'

Fetty Wap - 'Fetty Wap'

Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop:

Desiigner - 'Panda'

Drake - 'Hotline Bling'

Fetty Wap - '679'

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B:

Chris Brown

Bryson Tiller

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B:


Janet Jackson


Favorite Album - Soul/R&B:

Beyoncé - 'Lemonade'

Rihanna - 'Anti'

Bryson Tiller - 'T R A P S O U L'

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B:

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla - 'One Dance'

Rihanna Featuring Drake - 'Work'

Bryson Tiller - 'Don't'

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock


Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary:


Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Favorite Artist - Latin:

J Balvin

Enrique Iglesias

Nicky Jam

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational:

Lauren Daigle

Hillsong United

Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (Edm):

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack:

'Purple Rain'

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

'Suicide Squad: The Album'

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