2012 American Music Awards Nominees Announced

Just minutes ago, “Your Body” singer Christina Aguilera announced the nominees for the upcoming American Music Awards, which will take place on November 18.

R&B diva Rihanna and American Idol judge Nicki Minaj are leading the nominations with four each, respectively. Performers are yet to be announced for the November 18 ceremony.

I would presume the above artists will be making appearances at the awards bash, at least, and I can see Rihanna returning to the AMA stage performing for the fifth time.

Read the rest to see the full list of nominees!

Artist of the Year

Drake
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Maroon 5
Rihanna

Best New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen
fun.
Gotye
J. Cole
One Direction

Best Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
Pitbull
Usher

Best Female Artist
Katy Perry
Kelly Clarkson
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna

Best Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted

Best Pop/Rock Album
Justin Bieber, “Believe”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”
One Direction, “Up All Night”

Best Country Male Artist
Eric Church
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan

Best Country Female Artist
Carrie Underwood
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift

Best Country Band, Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Best Country Album
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”
Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines”

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Tyga

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Drake, “Take Care”
J. Cole, “Cole World: The Sideline Story”
Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”

Best Soul/R&B Male Artist
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Soul/R&B Female Artist
Beyoncé
Mary J Blige
Rihanna

Best Soul/R&B Album
Chris Brown, “Fortune”
Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”
Usher, “Looking 4 Myself”

Best Alternative Rock Artist
The Black Keys
Gotye
Linkin Park

Best Adult Contemporary Artist
Adele
Kelly Clarkson
Train

Best Latin Artist
Don Omar
Pitbull
Shakira

Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Jeremy Camp
Newsboys
tobyMac

Best Electronic Dance Music Artist
Calvin Harris
David Guetta

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