Notable Nominations: The 2012 American Music Awards

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Get ready to begin voting for your favorite artists for the 40the Anniversary of the American Music Awards. Christina Aguilera had the honor of announcing this year’s nominees this morning with Nicki MInaj and Rihanna leading the pack individually with four nods each, while Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction, and Usher follow close behind with three each. Here are a few highlights from the nominees list:

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

New Artist of the Year:
J. Cole
Fun.
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:
Fun.
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

For the full list of nominees or to cast your vote, please visit ABC.Go.com.