Drake Leads AMAs With Record-Breaking 13 Nominations

Carl Williott | October 10, 2016 10:45 am

Awards shows are gross and stupid. Music awards shows are probably the stupidest of them all. And within that subset, the American Music Awards are pretty much the bottom of the barrel, only out-stupided by the garbage heap that is the Billboard Music Awards. (Fun Fact: Infallible and all-neutral chart gatekeeper Billboard determines the AMA nominees but still feels the need to have their own completely redundant awards because branding!). Perhaps fittingly, Drake and his fuzzy math juggernaut Views has just landed the most American Music Awards nominations in history.

Drake leads the 2016 AMAs field with 13 nods, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist and Favorite Rap Song. His 13 looks breaks Michael Jackson‘s previous mark of 11, set in 1984, because this is the world we live in, a world where sexual assault proponent Donald Trump is gonna be president and Drake is spoken of in the same breath as MJ. (Fun Fact: The AMAs, like the president, are voted on by The People!) Rihanna is next in line with seven nominations.

The American Music Awards air live on November 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. See the full list of nominees below.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Adele Beyoncé Justin Bieber Drake Selena Gomez Ariana Grande Rihanna Twenty One Pilots Carrie Underwood The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Alessia Cara The Chainsmokers DNCE Shawn Mendes ZAYN

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down” Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign “Work From Home” Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work” Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

TOUR OF THE YEAR Beyoncé Madonna Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

VIDEO OF THE YEAR Justin Bieber “Sorry” Desiigner “Panda” Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK Justin Bieber Drake The Weeknd


FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK The Chainsmokers DNCE Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK Adele 25 Justin Bieber Purpose Drake Views

FAVORITE SONG- POP/ROCK Adele “Hello” Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”


FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP Drake Views Drake & Future What A Time To Be Alive Fetty Wap Fetty Wap

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP Desiigner “Panda” Drake “Hotline Bling” Fetty Wap “679”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B Chris Brown Bryson Tiller The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B Beyoncé Janet Jackson Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B Beyoncé Lemonade Rihanna Anti Bryson Tiller T R A P S O U L

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work” Bryson Tiller “Don’t”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK Coldplay Twenty One Pilots X Ambassadors

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY Adele Rachel Platten Meghan Trainor

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN J Balvin Enrique Iglesias Nicky Jam

FAVORITE ARTIST – EDM The Chainsmokers Calvin Harris Major Lazer

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY Luke Bryan Thomas Rhett Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY Kelsea Ballerini Cam Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY Florida Georgia Line Old Dominion Zac Brown Band

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY Luke Bryan Kill the Lights Chris Stapleton Traveller Carrie Underwood Storyteller

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.” Tim McGraw “Humble And Kind” Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man”

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