Usher, Mary J Blige, Chris Brown Lead R&B 2012 American Music Award Nominations

Nominations are in for the 2012 American Music Awards. Leading in the fields of Soul/R&B are Usher, Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown.
The official list of nominees was revealed during a press conference with Christina Aguilera Tuesday. Aguilera is also confirmed as the first performer set to take the stage November 18.
Usher leads the pack of R&B artists nominated with three nods in total. His nods include Favorite Album – Soul / R&B for “Looking 4 Myself.” He shares that field with Rihanna (“Talk That Talk”) and Chris Brown (“Fortune”).
In addition to having “Fortune” nominated, Chris Brown shares the field of Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B with Usher and Trey Songz.
The Favorite Female Artist category includes Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna.
Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga lead in the Hip Hop categories.
The 2012 American Music Awards are due to air Sunday, November 18 on ABC. See the full list of nominees below:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Drake
Maroon 5
Katy Perry
Rihanna
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
J. Cole
fun.
Gotye
Carly Rae Jepsen
One Direction
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
Pitbull
Usher
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Kelly Clarkson
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Rihanna
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber /Believe
Maroon 5/Overexposed
Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
One Direction/Up All Night
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines
Lionel Richie/Tuskegee
Carrie Underwood/Blown Away
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Tyga
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
J. Cole/Cole World: The Sideline Story
Drake/Take Care
Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown/Fortune
Rihanna/Talk That Talk
Usher/Looking 4 Myself
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
The Black Keys
Gotye
Linkin Park
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Adele
Kelly Clarkson
Train
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
Don Omar
Pitbull
Shakira
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Jeremy Camp
Newsboys
tobyMac
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Skrillex