The nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards have been announced and the leading ladies of hip hop and R&B are perched atop with the most nominations.  Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, both pulled in four nominations.

Trailing slightly behind, with three nominations, is Rihanna’s on-again, off-again partner, Chris Brown, who is up against Ri-Ri in the “Favorite Album: Soul/R&B” category.  J. Cole notched three noms also, and was nominated in the “New Artist Of The Year” category. 

Just as record sales have indicated, the R&B/Pop artists are garnering the most attention.  Check out the notable Hip Hop/R&B nominations, via Rap-Up, below.


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

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