Rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Rihanna are hoping the upcoming American Music Awards can detract fans from the respective drama surrounding their lives. Nicki has been caught up in a feud with former American Idol judge Mariah Carey while Rihanna is smack dab in the middle of a love triangle involving her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and his now ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
Over the weekend the American Music Awards nominations were announced and it appears that drama aside both Rihanna and Nick are dominating the charts. The ladies secured four nominations each breaking away from the pact that included heavy weights like Justin Bieber and new popular band One Direction.
Rihanna, 24, was nominated in the top category – artist of the year – where she will compete with Bieber, Katy Perry, pop-rockers Maroon 5 and Canadian rapper Drake. Her other nominations included Favorite Soul/R&B Album category, and she’s also in the running to win in the Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist category and the Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist category.
Minaj scored two nods for her album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” in both the pop/rock and rap/hip hop categories this year, as well as a nomination for favorite rap artist, alongside Drake and American newcomer Tyga.
The AMAs will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and the ceremony and performance show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on November 18.