Drake nominated for record 13 American Music Awards
DRAKE ( left) leads the 2016 American Music Award nominations with recordbreaking 13 nods.
The Hotline Bling hitmaker was shortlisted far more times than any other artiste this year, and even received two entries each in the Collaboration of the Year, Favourite Song – Soul/R&B, and Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop categories, as well as being recognised in another six categories, including the coveted Artiste of the Year.
For that accolade, he will face competition from the likes of girlfriend Rihanna, with whom he shares the Collaboration of the a Year and Video of the Year nominations for her song, Work, which he featured on.
Rihanna herself is one of the second-most nominated acts with seven nods, while Justin Bieber and Adele are up for five, and The Weeknd nominated for three awards.
Like Drake and Rihanna, Bieber, Adele and The Weeknd are all up for Artiste of the Year, with Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots and Carrie Underwood also on the shortlist.
The nominations were revealed by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten recently, with the major categories Among Us, announced on Good Morning America, and further shortlists revealed on Snapchat, and a live stream on the show’s Facebook page and ABCNews.com.
Both stars had the honour of revealing their own nominations, with Platten overwhelmed to learn she’ll contest Adele and Meghan Trainor for the Favourite Artiste, Adult Contemporary category.
She said: “I wish I’d played it a little cooler but I didn’t like play it cool at all. I was like: ‘Oh my God’. I was really excited.
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Jonas’ band DNCE is up for Favourite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock and New Artiste of the Year UnLeased By T–Mobile, and he found their nominations “overwhelming”.
He said: “You obviously make music because it’s what’s from your heart, but also you want to get out there and perform for this audience and the fans that vote and show up to shows and wait outside in the freezing cold to greet them. “It’s why we do it.” The AMAs will be handed out in Los Angeles on Nov 20. – Bang Media