American Music Awards 2016 Nominations Announced, Drake Sets New Record With 13

Drake performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Drake performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Congrats, Drizzy! The nominees for the 2016 American Music Awards were announced on Monday, September 10, and Drake set a new record with 13 nominations in total.

The lucky roster of recording artists were announced live on Good Morning America by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten.

The “Hotline Bling” rapper, 29, received nods in a number of categories including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Song and Favorite R&B song, among others. If he wins any of these awards, it will be the hip-hop magnate’s first AMA victory.

Though Drake tops this year’s list of honorees, many of music’s brightest stars are also up for awards. Rihanna earned seven nominations, while Adele and Justin Bieber followed with five each. Beyoncé and the Chainsmokers also made the list with four nominations.

The American Music Awards — which will take place at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater — will air on ABC Sunday, November 20, at 8 p.m. ET.

See the full list of nominees below:

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

Zac Brown Band

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

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/Hip-Hop


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

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


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

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Suicide Squad: The Album

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