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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj lead American Music Awards nominees

Posted by Rachel Raczka  October 9, 2012 04:10 PM

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rihanna-400.jpgChristina Aguilera announced the nominees for the 40th annual American Music Awards today, listing fellow pop divas, Rihanna (pictured) and Nicki Minaj, as the leaders of the pack with four nods each. Male domination followed close behind with Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, One Direction, and Usher each receiving three nods and award season favorite, Taylor Swift, shockingly landing herself a lone spot in the Favorite Female Artist - Country category after a clean sweep at the 2011 show. Viewers can vote for their favorites online before the show airs on ABC on Nov. 18th, at 8 p.m.

Check out the full list of this year's nominees.

(Image via Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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