In 1984, Michael Jackson set the record for having the most American Music Award nominations with 11 nods. Well, in 2016 Drake crushed Jackson’s 32-year-old record with a high mark of 13 nods.

The “Hotline Bling” rapper leads the 2016 AMAs this year with nods in categories including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album. If he wins in any category, it will be Drake’s first AMA ever.

Rihanna was just behind Drake with seven nods, followed by Adele and Justin Bieber who both picked up five.

The competition for the coveted Artist of the Year award is steep this year, with nominees like Drake, Adele, Beyonce, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd; it’s hard to pick a guaranteed winner.

The AMAs winners are based off of fan votes. From Monday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. 17, fans will be able to vote on who they believe Artist of the Year should be, and during this time, it will cut the number of nominees from 10 to five. The winner will be determined by the total of votes received throughout the entire voting period.

If Bieber wins Artist of the Year, he will tie with Taylor Swift for the most Artist of the Year wins, which is three. Also, with Bieber’s eight past wins and this year’s five nods, he just needs to win one to become one of the top 10 AMA winners of all time.

Like Artist of the Year, the category New Artist of the Year has some tough competition. The Chainsmokers will face off against DNCE, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and Zayn Malik aka ZAYN.

AMAs nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in “Billboard” Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring.

Winners are selected by the fans by voting at amavote.com or by posting a tweet that includes the nominee’s Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s). Voting started on Oct. 10 for all categories except New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, which will open on Nov. 2. Fans are only allowed to vote once per day, per platform.

The AMAs will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Artist of the Year



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

New artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes


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



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


The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock


Selena Gomez


Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers


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 Male Artist – Country

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Kelsea Ballerini


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”

Favorite Artist – Rap


Fetty Wap


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


Janet Jackson


Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Beyonce – “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


Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary


Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Favorite Artist – Latin

J Balvin

Enrique Iglesias

Nicky Jam

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Hillsong UNITED

Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack

“Purple Rain”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

“Suicide Squad: The Album”

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