By Tony Nwanne
Canadian-American singer, Drake broke a 32-year record for the most American Music Awards nominations with 13 nods, beating Michael Jackson’s previous high mark of 11 from 1984.
The “Hotline Bling” rapper leads all 2016 American Music Awards nominees with nods in 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 in any of the categories it will make his first AMA win.
Rihanna was just behind Drizzy with seven nominations for the show that will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Adele and Justin Bieber picked up five nominations each, followed by four nods each for Beyonce and The Chainsmokers and three for Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weekend
Drake will go up against Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Underwood and The Weeknd for Artist of the Year; the 10 nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through Monday, November 14 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, November 17 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period. If Bieber wins the award he will tie current record hold Taylor Swift for the most wins (3). With eight past wins and this year’s five nominations, Bieber needs just one win to become one of the top 10 AMA winners of all time.