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2012 AMA nominees

The nominees for the 40th annual American Music Awards have been announced. Pop and hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj tops the list with the most nods, but one other artist tied her for first place. Can you guess who?

2012 AMA nominees

After a week of professional turmoil, Nicki Minaj's luck as changed. The rapper-turned-American Idol-judge has been nominated for four American Music Awards. She leads the charge, with her only competition being Rihanna, who also scored four nods.

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Next in line are Justin Bieber, Usher, Maroon 5, Drake and One Direction, who were all nominated in three categories.

The list of nominees was announced Tuesday by Christina Aguilera, who's scheduled to perform at the awards show.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year

  • Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year

J. Cole

  • fun.
Carly Rae Jepsen
One Direction

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber

  • Flo Rida

  • Usher

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Nicki Minaj

  • Katy Perry

  • Rihanna

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock

  • Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber — Believe
Maroon 5 — Overexposed
Nicki Minaj — Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

  • One Direction — Up All Night

Favorite Male Artist — Country

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church

Favorite Female Artist — Country

Miranda Lambert

  • Taylor Swift

  • Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country

  • Zac Brown Band

  • Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album — Country

  • Luke Bryan — Tailgates & Tanlines
  • Lionel Richie — Tuskegee
  • Carrie Underwood — Blown Away

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-hop

Nicki Minaj

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-hop

J. Cole — Cole World: The Sideline Story
Drake — Take Care
  • Nicki Minaj — Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B

  • Chris Brown

  • Trey Songz

Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B

  • Beyonce
Mary J. Blige

  • Rihanna

Favorite Album — Soul/R&B

  • Chris Brown — Fortune
Rihanna — Talk That Talk

  • Usher — Looking 4 Myself

Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock

The Black Keys
Linkin Park

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary

  • Adele

  • Kelly Clarkson

  • Train

Favorite Artist — Latin

  • Don Omar

  • Pitbull

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational

  • Jeremy Camp

  • TobyMac

Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

  • David Guetta

  • Calvin Harris

  • Skrillex

Fans can cast their votes for the 40th American Music Awards at The winners will be announced Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN
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