The 2012 40th Anniversary American Music Awards takes place live from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles tonight, November 18, 2012.
The nominees were announced, with Rihanna and Nicki Minaj leading the pack with 4 nominations each. Rihanna was nominated for artist of the year, along with Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, pop-rockers Maroon 5 and Canadian rapper Drake.
Justin Bieber scored three nominations, as did One Direction, Drake, Maroon 5 and Usher.
For the sixth year, winners were determined by online voting. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational and — for the first year ever — Electronic Dance Music.
2012 American Music Award Winners and Nominees
Check out the winners list on page 2.