After topping charts all summer, Drake is back at it again setting a new record for the most American Music Award nominations since 1984. After 32 years, Drake’s 13 nominations have exceeded Michael Jackson‘s record of 11 nominations at the award show.
In true Drake fashion, he reigns at the award show with nominations for Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Song, Favorite R&B song and more. He has some tough competition for Artist of the Year going up against Beyonce, Adele, Justin Beiber, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, and Rihanna. Rih Rih trails right behind Drake with seven nominations, Adele and Justin Beiber with five, and Queen Bey with four.
Fans play a huge part in the nominations of artists for the AMA categories. According to Billboard.com, “American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.”
Winners in each category are determined by fan voting at amavote.com or by posting a tweet with the nominee’s Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post. Voting starts today (October 10th) until November 14 at 8:59 am. New Artist of the Year Unleashed by T-Mobile Voting will open on November 2 and end on November 17 at 8:59 pm. Fans can vote once per day and 100 times per day for the New Artist of the Year award.
If Drake wins in any category it will be his first American Music Award. The AMA’s will broadcast live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 20 at 8pm.