2016 is definitely shaping up to be Drake's year. His chart-topping fourth studio album was released to critical acclaim, his Summer Sixteen tour was a success and he managed to win over the love of his life. Now the Young Money star has broken Michael Jackson's record for the most nominations at the American Music Awards.

The Once Dance hitmaker leads this year's nominations with 13 nominations including the coveted artist of the year and album of the year. The incredible achievement means that he has now surpassed Michael Jackson's previous record of 11 nominations, which the late star achieved back in 1984 with the help of his album Thriller.

The Grammy winner will go head-to-head with his reported girlfriend Rihanna − who has bagged seven gongs − for Artist of the year. The pair's reggae-inspired track Work is up for Best Collaboration – with the steamy visuals earning them a spot in the Video Of The Year catergory.

Fellow Candaian Justin Bieber's EDM reinvention and Adele comeback 25 earned them both five nods each.

The nominations were announced on The Today show by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten. The pair couldn't hide their excitement after learning live on air that they had also been recognised.

"You obviously make music because it's what's from your heart, but also you want to get out there and perform for this audience and the fans that vote and show up to shows and wait outside in the freezing cold to say hi," Jonas said. "It's why we do it."

The 2016 American Music Awards are set to take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on 20 November.

Meanwhile, Drake has announced plans to tour the UK and Europe in 2017. The 29-year-old's Boy Meets World Tour will kick off in January and see him make stops in the capital, Paris and Amsterdam.

American Music Awards 2016 nominations:

Artist of the Year



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year Un-Leased By T-Mobile

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes


Collaboration of the Year

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya "Don't Let Me Down"

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $Ign "Work From Home"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"

Tour of the Year



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Video of the Year

Justin Bieber "Sorry"

Desiigner "Panda"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber


The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock


Selena Gomez


Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers


Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Adele "25"

Justin Bieber "Purpose"

Drake "Views"

Favorite Song- Pop/Rock

Adele "Hello"

Justin Bieber "Love Yourself"

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Favorite Male Artist – Country

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Kelsea Ballerini


Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Zac Brown Band

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favorite Album - Country

Luke Bryan "Kill The Lights"

Chris Stapleton "Traveller"

Carrie Underwood "Storyteller"

Favorite Song - Country

Florida Georgia Line "H.O.L.Y"

Tim Mcgraw "Humble And Kind"

Thomas Rhett "Die A Happy Man"

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop


Fetty Wap


Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake "Views"

Drake & Future "What A Time To Be Alive"

Fetty Wap "Fetty Wap"

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Desiigner "Panda"

Drake "Hotline Bling"

Fetty Wap "679"

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Bryson Tiller

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B


Janet Jackson


Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock


Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary


Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Favorite Artist - Latin

J Balvin

Enrique Iglesias

Nicky Jam

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Hillsong United

Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (Edm)

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

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