Oct 12, 2016

    Drake earns record 13 AMA nominations


    RAP chart-topper Drake on Monday earned a record 13 nominations for the American Music Awards, topping the mark set by late king of pop Michael Jackson.

    The Toronto rapper, whose Views has been the top-selling album released this year in the United States, was in the running for Artist of the Year. He raked in other nominations thanks to his slew of collaborations.

    But on the same day as his nomination glory, Drake postponed the final three performances of his Summer Sixteen tour under doctors' orders, his spokesman said.

    "Drake suffered a severe ankle injury during the tour, which he did his best to power through. By doing this, he made his injury worse," the spokesman added, noting that Drake needed time to recuperate and "give fans the performances they deserve".

    Drake, whose hits such as Hotline Bling have won him an avid fan base, had been due to play two nights in New York's Barclays Centre before closing his tour on Saturday in Newark.

    The rapper, who turns 30 later this month, beat the nomination record set by Jackson.

    In 1984, the latter was in line for 11 awards amid the success of his Thriller album.

    Winners of the American Music Awards are based on fan voting in contrast to the Grammys, for which the Recording Academy surveys industry professionals.

    ABC television will broadcast the awards gala in Los Angeles on Nov 20.

    The other nominees for Artist of the Year include ballad singer Adele and pop diva Beyonce.