JOHANNESBURG – Michael Jackson once set a record for most nominations in a single year for the AMAs at 11, but now Drake has ‘Beat It’ at 13 nominations this year. His nominations include Artist of the Year, Favourite Male Artist, Favourite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop.

Rumoured ex-girlfriend Rihanna isn’t too far behind Drizzy with seven nominations, UK singer Adele at five nods, while Queen Bey settles for her favourite number at four.

New artists The Chainsmokers, who currently have the number one song “Closer” on the Billboard Chart, got four nods for their first time being nominated while fan favourite favourites Twenty One Pilot who’ve had a busy and successful year scored three nods as first time entrants.

Artist of the Year:

Justin Beiber
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Twenty One Pilots
Carrie Underwood
The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year:

Alessia Cara
The Chainsmokers
Shawn Mendes

Video of the Year:

Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
Desiigner – ‘Panda’
Rihanna ft. Drake – ‘Work’

The 2016 American Music Awards will be broadcast on Vuzu DSTV channel 116 and Channel O DSTV Channel 320 on November 20 2016 at 3am CAT.