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    2012 American Music Awards: Nicki Minaj, Rihanna Lead Nominees With Four Nods, Trailed by Justin Bieber, One Direction

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    Nicki Minaj will be slugging it out again big time—and it won't be against Mariah Carey!

    Big Barbz and Rihannadominated all nominees for this year's American Music Awards with four nods apiece.

    The noms were announced Tuesday by Christina Aguilera, who will also be performing at the show on Nov. 18. (Two for one!)

    Following closely with three nods each are Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Usher and One Direction.

    Look back at the five biggest jaw-droppers from last year's AMAs

    This year, there's no shortage of drama among the artists who'll be battling for prizes.

    Rihanna will be competing with not one but two exes: Drake, for Artist of the Year; and Chris Brown, for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

    In the heartthrob department, Biebs goes up against boy band du jour One Direction for Favorite Pop/Rock Album.

    Lady Gaga pulls a Justin Bieber, vomits onstage in Barcelona

    Even kiss-happy, scandal-plagued Jason Aldean scored himself some love with a nod for Favorite Male Country Artist.

    For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting, which kicks off today. This year's awards, which will celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, will be handed out on at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre and air live on ABC.

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    Here's the full list of nominees:

    Artist of the Year
    Justin Bieber
    Drake
    Maroon 5
    Katy Perry
    Rihanna

    New Artist of the Year
    J. Cole
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    Gotye
    Carly Rae Jepsen
    One Direction

    Favorite Male Artist—Pop/Rock
    Justin Bieber
    Flo Rida
    Pitbull
    Usher

    Favorite Female Artist—Pop/Rock
    Kelly Clarkson
    Nicki Minaj
    Katy Perry
    Rihanna

    Favorite Band, Duo or Group—Pop/Rock
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    Maroon 5
    One Direction
    The Wanted

    Favorite Album—Pop/Rock
    Justin Bieber, Believe
    Maroon 5, Overexposed
    Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
    One Direction, Up All Night

    Favorite Male Artist—Country
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church

    Favorite Female Artist—Country
    Miranda Lambert
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood

    Favorite Band, Duo or Group—Country
    Zac Brown Band
    Lady Antebellum
    Rascal Flatts

    Favorite Album—Country
    Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines
    Lionel Richie, Tuskegee
    Carrie Underwood, Blown Away

    Favorite Artist—Rap/Hip-Hop
    Drake
    Nicki Minaj
    Tyga

    Favorite Album—Rap/Hip-Hop
    J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story
    Drake, Take Care
    Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

    Favorite Male Artist—Soul/R&B
    Chris Brown
    Trey Songz
    Usher

    Favorite Female Artist—Soul/R&B
    Beyoncé
    Mary J. Blige
    Rihanna

    Favorite Album—Soul/R&B
    Chris Brown, Fortune
    Rihanna, Talk That Talk
    Usher/Looking 4 Myself

    Favorite Artist—Alternative Rock
    The Black Keys
    Gotye
    Linkin Park

    Favorite Artist—Adult Contemporary
    Adele
    Kelly Clarkson
    Train

    Favorite Artist—Latin
    Don Omar
    Pitbull
    Shakira

    Favorite Artist—Contemporary Inspirational
    Jeremy Camp
    Newsboys
    tobyMac

    Favorite Artist—Electronic Dance Music
    David Guetta
    Calvin Harris
    Skrillex

    See who glammed up last year's AMAs

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