Drake continues his musical reign this year. With the recent announcement of the 2016 American Music Award nominations, the Toronto rapper leads the pack with thirteen.
Ironically, Drake’s on-again, off-again boo Rihanna is right behind him in the AMA nominations, securing seven nominations of her own this year. Billboard has more details on this year’s ceremony.
Drake broke a 32-year record for the most American Music Awards nominations with 13 nods, beating Michael Jackson’s previous high mark of 11 from 1984. The “Hotline Bling” rapper leads all 2016 American Music Awards nominees with nods in categories including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Song and Favorite R&B song, among others. If he wins in any of the categories it will make his first AMA win.
Rihanna was just behind Drizzy with seven nominations for the show that will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Adele and Justin Bieber picked up five nominations each, followed by four nods each for Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers and three for Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd.
Drake will go up against Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Underwood and The Weeknd for Artist of the Year; the 10 nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through Monday, November 14 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, November 17 at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Scheduled performers for this year’s ceremony have yet to be announced, however it’s likely that Drake, Rihanna—or both—will appear onstage during the live telecast on November 20th.
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