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Nicki Minaj, Rihanna top American Music Award nominations

City News Service | 10/9/2012, 8:08 a.m.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna each earned four nominations today for the 40th American Music Awards, putting them atop the pack of hopefuls, while Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Usher and One Direction each earned three.

Minaj and Rihanna were both nominated for favorite female pop/rock artist, along with Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry. Rihanna and Perry also received nods for artist of the year, as did Bieber, Drake and Maroon 5.

Bieber also scored a nomination for favorite male pop/rock artist, along with Flo Rida, Pitbull and Usher.

Carly Rae Jepsen, whose fame skyrocketed thanks to the Internet video "Call Me Maybe," was nominated for new artist of the year, along with J. Cole, fun., Gotye and One Direction.

AMA nominations were announced at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. The awards will be presented Nov. 18 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.

Winners will be chosen by fans casting ballots online at www.ama.abc.com.

Here is a complete list of nominees:

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
Beyonce
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
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Skrillex