Awards season is creepin’ up again. Hence, it’s only apt that we introduce to you, the nominees for the 40th Annual American Music Awards (AMAs). Needless to say, the popular ones are in the list this year. By popular, we mean the likes of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, who are both topping it with four nominations each.

Let’s not forget Drake, Usher, One Direction, Maroon 5, and of course America’s sweetheart and worldwide pop sensation, Justin Bieber, who are racing each other with three nominations each. Some of your favourite DJ/producers are on the list too, vying for all new category’s trophy, the “Favourite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)” award and they are David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex.

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Exciting times ahead! Here’s the full list of nominees:

Artist of The Year

Justin Bieber

Drake

Maroon 5

Katy Perry

Rihanna

New Artist of the Year

J. Cole

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Gotye

Carly Rae Jepsen

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One Direction

Favourite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber

Flo Rida

Pitbull

Usher

Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Kelly Clarkson

Nicki Minaj

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Favourite Band, Duo, or Group – Pop/Rock

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Maroon 5

One Direction

The Wanted

Favourite Album – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber, “Believe”

Maroon 5, “Overexposed”

Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”

One Direction, “Up All Night”

Favourite Male Artist – Country

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Favourite Female Artist – Country

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Favourite Band, Duo, or Group – Country

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Favourite Album – Country

Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines”

Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”

Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Favourite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake

Nicki Minaj

Tyga

Favourite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

J. Cole, “Cole World: The Sideline Story”

Drake, “Take Care”

Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”

Favourite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Trey Songz

Usher

Favourite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Mary J. Blige

Rihanna

Favourite Album – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown, “Fortune”

Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”

Usher, “Looking 4 Myself”

Favourite Artist – Alternative Rock

The Black Keys

Gotye

Linkin Park

Favourite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Adele

Kelly Clarkson

Train

Favourite Artist – Latin

Don Omar

Pitbull

Shakira

Favourite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Jeremy Camp

Newsboys

tobyMac

Favourite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

David Guetta

Calvin Harris

Skrillex

The American Music Awards is slated to happen on 18th November 2012. For more information, hit up the American Music Awards’ Facebook page.

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