Rihanna leads American Music Awards nominationsOctober 9, 2012 \
Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are the leading nominees at the 40th annual American Music Awards with four nods each.
Rihanna, Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5 and Katy Perry, are up for the top AMA prize, Artist of the Year.
Nominees are selected based on broadcast airplay and online popularity. Fans can vote online for their favorites in all 20 categories.
- Artist of the year:
Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.
- Female artist, Pop/Rock:
Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.
- Female artist, Soul/R&B:
Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna.
- Album, Soul/R&B:
Chris Brown, “Fortune”; Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”; Usher, “Looking 4 Myself.”
The American Music Awards will be presented Nov. 18 at Nokia Theatre and broadcast live on ABC.