Rapper Drake tops 'King of Pop,' scores record number of AMA nominations

Rihanna and Drake at the MTV Video Music Awards, August 2016

Canadian rapper Drake dominated nominations for the American Music Awards, earning 13 nominations and beating the record set by Michael Jackson more than 30 years ago. Drake, who’s never won an AMA before, is up for artist of the year (along with Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd), and for favorite male artist, favorite album, favorite rap artist, favorite rap song and favorite R&B song, among other awards. Drake's latest album, "Views," has spent 13 weeks at the top of the U.S. music charts this year, and his single "One Dance" was chosen as Billboard's 2016 song of the summer. R&B artist Rihanna got seven nominations, followed by Britain's Adele and Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber, with five apiece. Beyoncé, who took home eight statuettes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, got just four nods.

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American Music Award

The American Music Awards(AMAs) is an annual American music awards show, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to present the Grammy Awards expired.

Drake (musician)

Aubrey Drake Graham(born October 24, 1986), known simply as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s.
The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.