Drake Breaks Michael Jackson’s Thriller-era American Music Award Nomination Record

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You desperately needed ammunition for your “Views is better than Thriller” argument and somehow, against all odds, you finally got it. That doesn’t mean your friends want debate you on the subject again, but if they don’t shout you down fast enough, just point out that Drake received 13 American Music Award nominations, two more than the previous record set by Michael Jackson in 1984. According to the AMAs announcement this morning, Drake is up for Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, and Favorite Male Artist, among others. Voting for the awards opened today and will close Thursday, November 17; the New Artist award voting will be open Monday, November 2 until the day of the awards Sunday, November 20. As you can see from the full nominee list below, Rihanna, Adele, and Justin Bieber also raked in multiple nods with seven, five, and five nominations respectively, though if you want to get into a knockdown, drag-out “Anti vs. 25 vs. Purpose" debate, you are very, very, very much on your own:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
·       Adele
·       Beyoncé
·       Justin Bieber
·       Drake
·       Selena Gomez
·       Ariana Grande
·       Rihanna
·       Twenty One Pilots
·       Carrie Underwood
·       The Weeknd
 
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR UN-LEASHED BY T-MOBILE
·       Alessia Cara
·       The Chainsmokers
·       DNCE
·       Shawn Mendes
·       ZAYN
 
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
·       Beyoncé
·       Madonna
·       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
·       Drake
·       The Weeknd
 
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
·       Adele
·       Selena Gomez
·       Rihanna
 
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
·       The Chainsmokers
·       DNCE
·       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
·       Cam
·       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/HIP-HOP
·       Drake
·       Fetty Wap
·       Future
 
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
·       Beyoncé
·       Janet Jackson
·       Rihanna
 
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
·       Coldplay
·       Twenty One Pilots
·       X Ambassadors
 
FAVORITE ARTIST — ADULT CONTEMPORARY
·       Adele
·       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
 
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