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Canadian rapper Drake tops American Music Award nominations, beats Michael Jackson's record

Drake's latest album, 'Views,' has spent 13 weeks at the top of the US music charts this year Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Los Angeles, CA, United States Oct 10, 2016, 04.26 PM (IST)

Canadian rapper Drake earned 13 nominations for the upcoming American Music Awards, the maximum this year and beating  Michael Jackson's record of 11 nods set in 1984 for his album "Thriller."

R&B artist Rihanna scored seven nominations, British singer Adele and Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber scored five nominations each. Beyonce, who won in eight categories at August's MTV Video Music Awards, got just four nods. The artistes, along with Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Carrie Underwood and Twenty One Pilots will compete for the artist of the year.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on November 20, which will also be telecast live.

Drake's latest album, "Views," has spent 13 weeks at the top of the US music charts this year. His hit single "One Dance" from the album was chosen as Billboard`s 2016 song of the summer.

The winners of the American Music Awards are chosen by fans on the basis of a poll. Nominees are based on album and digital song sales, touring, radio airplay, social media activity and fan interactions through Billboard magazine and Billboard.com.

Two new categories, Tour of the Year, and Video of the Year were added by organisers this year, while the Song of Year was split into separate categories for pop/rock, country, R&B/soul and rap/hip-hop and renamed favorite song.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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