October 9th, 2012
06:33 PM ET
Say what you will about her "American Idol" issues, but Nicki Minaj is poised to be a potential big winner at this year's American Music Awards.
Minaj and Rihanna lead the 2012 group of nominees with four nods a piece.
Minaj is nominated in the Favorite Hip-Hop/Rap Artist category as well as the Favorite Pop/RockFemale Artist category, and her album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is up to win in both the Favorite Pop/Rock Album category and the Favorite Hip-Hop/Rap Album category.
Rihanna's "Talk that Talk" is nominated in the Favorite Soul/R&B Album category, and she's also in the running to win in the Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist category; the Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist category; and Artist of the Year category.
For the latter award, Rihanna will compete against pal Katy Perry as well as Maroon 5, Drake and Justin Bieber.
Fans can vote for their favorite artists on amavote.com starting today. The 40th American Music Awards will air November 18 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. To see the full list of nominees, visit ABC.com.
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