Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).
The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.
Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.
Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.
Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Kylie Minogue are to be dropped by their label.
Troubled British record company EMI is undergoing a takeover by Universal Music Group, and the European Commission ruled today it can go ahead on condition it sells off most of its smaller record labels.
Acts who will now find themselves without a parent label include David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Gorillaz, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Duran Duran, who are all signed to Parlophone. Chrysalis - home to Depeche Mode and Moby - will also have to go, as will Mute, home to the Ramones and Jethro Tull.
One act EMI will be keep are The Beatles, a hugely lucrative band, who still sell millions of albums even though they split in 1970.
Deadmau5 has blasted Madonna, David Guetta and Skrillex.
The "I Remember" dance musician famously criticized Madonna after she appeared to ask fans who was taking drugs at one of her concerts, and has now said she should stay away from dance music: "You want to be 'hip' and 'cool' and 'funky grandma'? Fine. It's not my place to say you're irrelevant. If you're gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity. I understand she has millions more fans, and is way more successful than I'll ever be. But it's like talking about slavery at a f***ing blues concert. It's inappropriate."
Deadmau5 - real name Joel Zimmerman - also criticized two of the biggest DJs in the world, claiming there is very little skill in the way they perform.
"David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks - like, 'Here's one with Akon, check it out!' Even Skrillex isn't doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he's just playing his s**t. People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what - but there's still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I'm not a button-pusher. I'm just pushing a lot more buttons."
David Guetta is working on a "really big" song with Usher.
The French DJ - who is renowned for his collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and Flo Rida - has confirmed the pair are already planning to work together again after their success with "Without You."
"These are really big records we are working on right now. It's really crazy," he told The Hollywood Reporter. Although he would not give any more details, he added the song was "something really, really, really crazy."
Discussing the future direction of his work, David revealed it was likely he would do something with a bit more of an "underground" sound to it: "Lately I've been focusing more on making straight club beats, a little more underground. I'm gonna start meeting artists because me being in Los Angeles, there's a lot of talent here. There's always something happening. Every time I come to Los Angeles it's so tempting. You go into a studio and it's like, 'Oh, you're here?' and you meet so many people."
Drake has no interest in making dance music. The 25-year-old rapper insists he would rather make a club track with "integrity and soul" than collaborate with artists such as French producer David Guetta.
"For me, the David Guetta stuff just doesn't work. I don't really wanna go there. There's other artists, that's their sound. They feel in order to thrive internationally that they gotta do straightforward, four on the flour, David Guetta, Pitbull music. For me, I'd rather go to somebody like Jamie xx and tell him, 'Look, I really wanna turn the club upside down, but I wanna do it with integrity, with soul.'"
David Guetta enjoys bringing out Nicki Minaj's "full capacity as a singer." The "Sexy Chick" hitmaker has worked with the rapper on a number of tracks including "Where Them Girls At" and "Turn Me On," and loves it when she sings as well as raps verses.
"She's [Nicki Minaj] the no. 1 female rapper. But she can also sing, which adds something different. These are all the things that attracted me to her. "I wanted to take her someone unexpected musically. I think the work we have done shows the full capacity of her as a singer. I'm in love with her voice! I'm looking forward to working with her more in the future."
David - who is behind some of the biggest hits of recent years, including Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me", Akon's "Sexy Chick" and Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" - has previously told how he chased Nicki for months to get her to appear on "Where Them Girls At."
"To be honest, it's very rare that I call artists - most of the time they call me. I chased her for a year because I really wanted to work with her. The first time you're in the studio with someone, it's sometimes difficult. She was being a little shy or reserved, you know. And then I played that record and she started to jump from her chair and scream. And she was like, 'Wow, I love this!'"
Beyonce Knowles has been nominated for ten Grammy awards.
The “Halo” singer and Taylor Swift - who has been recognized in eight categories - were revealed as the most nominated artists at yesterday’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live! event. The two stars will be competing against each other for the coveted Record, Song and Album of the Year prizes.
Kanye West, soul singer Maxwell and the Black Eyed Peas all received six nominations, while Jay-Z, French DJ David Guetta and Lady Gaga are each up for five awards.
Lady Gaga’s The Fame and single “Poker Face” were both nominated in the top categories while the Peas are in the running for Album of the Year (The E.N.D.) and Record of the Year (“I Gotta Feeling”). Kings of Leon‘s “Use Somebody” made the list for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King was the final nomination for Album of the Year, while Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings” rounded off the Song of the Year nominations.
The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 31 in Los Angeles. You can find a complete list of nominees here.
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