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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead American Music Awards Nominations; New EDM Category Announced

Christina Aguilera was on hand to reveal the nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards Tuesday morning, and the Voice coach had her own announcement as well: she'll be performing on the show, which will broadcast live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on ABC Nov. 18.

Leading the pack: Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, both with four nominations, while not far behind are Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher with three each. Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, fun., Gotye, J.Cole, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, and Pitbull saw two noms respectively.

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Also announced: a new category for Electronic Dance Music, which includes nominees David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex.

Lance Bass will return to the show once again to host the Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! online pre-show, where he will be joined by Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski and Tristan Wilds. Additional hosts will be announced in the coming months, as well as presenters and performers for the actual ceremony.

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Fans can vote for the winners beginning Tuesday at amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com.

Find a complete list of nominees on the next page.

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2012 American Music Awards Nominees:

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 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

 

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 - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

·       Jeremy Camp

·       Newsboys

·       tobyMac                 

 

FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

·       David Guetta

·       Calvin Harris

·       Skrillex

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