Drake Just Busted a Michael Jackson Milestone

He is nominated for a record 13 AMA awards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2016 10:33 AM CDT
Drake Just Busted a Michael Jackson Milestone
Drake has a record 13 nominations.   (John Salangsang)

Drake earned a record-breaking 13 American Music Awards nominations on Monday thanks to his latest album, Views, shattering Michael's Jackson's mark of 11 nominations in a single year from 1984 when the King of Pop had Thriller. Rihanna got seven nominations and Adele and Justin Bieber tied with five each, reports the AP. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap, and The Weeknd earned three nominations each. Nominees for artist of the year are Adele, Beyonce, Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Adriana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. The 10 nominees will be cut in half by Nov. 14 based on fan votes. Voting on artist of the year will close Nov. 17.

Nominees for the title of new artist of the year are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes, and Zayn. There is no overall song of the year category this year; instead honors will be handed out for best song in the categories of pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop and soul/R&B. Nominations are based on a metric that includes sales, airplay, and social activity tracked by Billboard magazine. Winners are determined by fan votes on the show's website or through Facebook and Twitter. The awards show will air live Nov. 20 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC. Billboard notes that Drake has never won an AMA award. In addition to artist of the year, his categories include favorite male artist, favorite album, favorite rap artist, favorite rap song, and favorite R&B song. (More American Music Awards stories.)

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