American Music Awards 2016 Nominees: Drake Sets Record with 13 Nominations

October 12, 2016

The 2016 American Music Awards nominees have been announced and Drake has set a record with 13 nominations. He’s followed by Rihanna with seven nods. Get the full list and all the details of the upcoming annual awards show right here!


Yes, it’s that time of year again, as the American Music Awards will celebrate achievement in pop music. Earlier this year, Drake released his long awaited album, ‘Views.’ Not only did it clock numerous weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and receive nearly universal critical acclaim. And of course, his international smash hit ‘Hotline Bling’ has become a cultural phenomena with a video that has racked up nearly a billion views on YouTube.

Now, Drake has garnered 13 nods from the AMAs this year including Artist of the Year and Favorite Album. That’s unprecedented in the 43-year history of the awards first established in 1973 by the late great ‘American Bandstand’ icon Dick Clark. He broke a 32-year record; it was none other than the late great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who, in 1984 received 11 nominations.

As noted, Rihanna has seven nominations, and she’s followed by Adele and Justin Bieber who have five nods each and they’re followed by Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers who each have four nods.

The awards ceremony takes place on November 20th; you can see the full list of nominees bwlow. Check back on November as we’ll update with the winners!

Artist of the Year

Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Twenty One Pilots
Carrie Underwood
The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year Un-Leashed 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
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack
Purple Rain
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Suicide Squad: The Album

With a list like that, the American Music Awards are sure to be a hit. Check back for the winners on November 20th!

Pictures: PR Photos

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