Ladies Night: Rihanna And Nicki Minaj Lead American Music Awards Nominations

by (@zaragolden)

Done up like a peacock in an a curve-hugging purple dress and her blonde locks dip-dyed pink, Christina Aguilera spent her morning reading off the nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards. Because AMA nominations are based on sales, airplay, social buzz and video streams, nominations tend to hue Top 10-centric, and this year proves no exception. Lady dynamos Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the pack with four nominations a piece, and will have to duel it out with Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson for  the Best Female Artist: Pop/Rock honor. Otherwise, Drake, Justin Bieber, Usher, Maroon 5 and One Direction trailing closely behind with three nods each.

It’s a little disappointing to see that some of the year’s most exciting acts — like Mumford & Sons, who broke records with their album; like Frank Ocean, who swelled-hearts with his; like Kanye West, who’s forever changing his game –  were left off the list, but we’re happy to take consolation in imagine all the fun photo-ops that will happen when all these superstars join together in one big room.

The award show airs live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on November 18. Check out all the nominees below:

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 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
Beyoncé
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: Electronic Dance Music
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Skrillex

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

Nicki Minaj, Rihanna Lead American Music Awards Nominations [MTV]