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Drake Tops American Music Award Nominations, Beats Jackson Record

By VOA

October 10, 2016 23:42:28

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Canadian rapper Drake dominated nominations for the American Music Awards, earning a leading 13 nominations and beating the record set by Michael Jackson more than 30 years ago, the organizers of the awards announced Monday.

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. Beyonce, who in August took home eight statuettes at the MTV Video Music Awards, got four nods.

Drake, Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Carrie Underwood and Twenty One Pilots will compete for the top prize of artist of the year.

Drake’s 13 nominations smashed the record set by Jackson in 1984 when he received 11 American Music Award nods at the height of the success of his album “Thriller.”

The American Music Awards are entirely fan-voted and nominees are based on album and digital song sales, touring, radio airplay, social media activity and fan interactions through Billboard magazine and Billboard.com.

Winners will be announced at a live ceremony and television show Nov. 20 in Los Angeles.

This year organizers added new categories for tour of the year, and video of the year. The crowded song of year race was split into different categories for pop/rock, country, R&B/soul and rap/hip-hop and renamed favorite song.

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