Drake sets new record for Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards nods

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE -

Rap chart-top­per Drake on Mon­day earned a record 13 nom­i­na­tions for the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, top­ping the mark set by the late king of pop, Michael Jack­son. The Toronto rap­per, whose

Views has been the top-sell­ing al­bum re­leased this year in the United States, was in the run­ning for artist of the year and raked in other nom­i­na­tions thanks to his slew of col­lab­o­ra­tions.

But on the same day as his nom­i­na­tion glory, Drake post­poned the fi­nal three per­for­mances of his Sum­mer Six­teen tour un­der doc­tors’ or­ders, his spokesper­son says.

“Drake suf­fered a se­vere an­kle in­jury dur­ing the tour which he did his best to power through. By do­ing this, he made his in­jury worse,” the spokesper­son says. Drake, whose hits such as

Hot­line Bling have won him an avid fan base, had been due to play two nights in New York’s Bar­clays Cen­ter be­fore clos­ing his tour on Satur­day in nearby Ne­wark.

The rap­per, who turns 30 later this month, beat the nom­i­na­tion record set by Jack­son, who in 1984 was in line for 11 awards amid the colos­sal suc­cess of his Thriller al­bum.

Win­ners of the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards are based on fan vot­ing in con­trast to the more pres­ti­gious Grammy Awards, for which the Record­ing Academy sur­veys in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

Boy band One Di­rec­tion, who was never nom­i­nated for a Grammy, won artist of the year at the past two Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards.

ABC tele­vi­sion, which will broad­cast the awards gala in Los An­ge­les on Nov 20, an­nounced the nom­i­na­tions.

The other nom­i­nees for artist of the year in­clude bal­lad singer Adele, whose 25 re­leased last year is the strong­est-sell­ing al­bum in years and con­sid­ered a Grammy fron­trun­ner, and pop diva Bey­once.

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