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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Lead Nominations of 2012 American Music Awards

October 10, 2012 (2:21 am) GMT
The female domination is followed by such male artists as Justin Bieber, One Direction, Drake, Usher and Maroon 5 who get three nods each.
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Lead Nominations of 2012 American Music Awards

The battle to win 2012 American Music Awards begins as this year's nominees are announced. and dominate the pack by scoring four nods each, overshadowing teen heartthrob and popular boyband . The males get three noms each along with , and .

Riri is vying for the top honor, Artist of the Year, against Bieber, Drizzy, 's band and her best friend . She once again faces off Katy in Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock which additionally lists Nicki and as other contenders. Her two other nods are Favorite Female Artist and Album in Soul/R&B categories.

Nicki, meanwhile, adds three other noms in Favorite Artist & Album in Rap/Hip-Hop genre and Favorite Album in Pop/Rock field. "4 nominations?!?!?! Whoa! Thank you so very much to the American Music Awards. Very, very grateful. Luvu Barbz!!! mmmmuuuaaaahhhh!!!!" gushes the new female judge of "" on Twitter.

Besides the top prize, Bieber is up for Favorite Male Artist and Album in Pop/Rock, while and his pals are battling for Favorite Album and Band, Duo or Group in Pop/Rock. The boys are also nominated for New Artist of the Year along with such newbies as , , and .

Winners are determined via online voting, which starts on Tuesday, October 9. The most-voted artists will be handed the awards in a ceremony airing live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on ABC on November 18. is the first star confirmed as a performer. More musical guests are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Artist of the Year:

New Artist of the Year: Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock: Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock: Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock: Favorite Album - Pop/Rock: Favorite Male Artist - Country: Favorite Female Artist - Country: Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country: Favorite Album - Country: Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop: Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop: Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B: Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B: Favorite Album - Soul/R&B: Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock: Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary: Favorite Artist - Latin: Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational: Favorite Artist - Electro Dance Music (EDM):

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