Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake looks for first American Music Awards

By REUTERS
November 20, 2016 16:06

 
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LOS ANGELES - Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake competes on Sunday for his first ever American Music Award on a night that will feature performances by Lady Gaga, Sting, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber.

Drake, 30, dominated nominations for the 2016 awards show, earning 13 nods and smashing the record set by Michael Jackson in 1984.

But despite a chart-topping album, "Views," that this year became the first to earn one billion streams on Apple Music, the "Hotline Bling" singer has already been knocked out of the running for Sunday's top prize - artist of the year.

The American Music Awards are entirely fan-voted, and the 10 artist of the year nominees were pared down by fans last week to five. Beyonce, Adele, The Weeknd and Twenty One Pilots are also out of contention, leaving Rihanna, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Carrie Underwood vying for the title.

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