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Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead American Music Award nominations

Rihanna and rapper Nicki Minaj have dominated the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards after landing four nods apiece.

The stars will duke it out for Best Pop/Rock Female Artist, while Rihanna will also fight for both Best Soul/R+B Female Artist and Album for Talk That Talk and the coveted Artist of the Year trophies.


The Super Bass hitmaker is up for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Album, as well as Best Pop/Rock Album for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.


Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher all earned three nods a piece.


The nominations were announced by pop star Christina Aguilera on Tuesday (09Oct12).


The 40th annual prizegiving ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 18 November (12).