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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj tied for most American Music Awards nods -- Full list

Let’s hope everyone can keep it civil for a night.

The nominees for the 40th American Music Awards were announced today, and the list looks more or less how you might expect it to. With four nods a piece, reigning hip-hop queens Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the list, and even go head to head in the “Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock” category. Other big nominees include Drake, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and Usher, who each snagged three chances to take home those coveted pyramid-shaped trophies.

In addition to your usual Top 40 hang-abouts, there’ll be some new faces at the Nov. 14 ceremony: EDM artists. In response to the the genre’s growing popularity, the AMAs have added a new category honoring your favorite EDM artist of the year (winners are determined by online voting, which begins Tuesday). The category’s inaugural nominees include David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and good ol’ Skrillex; Taylor Swift, of course, was not eligible this year, as her dubstep masterpiece just missed the deadline.

Take a look at the full list below and let us know how you think the AMAs are looking this year:

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Nicki Minaj drops new single 'The Boys': Listen here

Nicki Minaj can’t stop, won’t stop.

Minaj — the tireless talent behind Pink Friday: Roman ReloadedIce Age: Continental Drift‘s mammoth Steffi (and most likely American Idol‘s next season) — has announced that her most recent LP will be getting the reissue treatment in the form of Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up, which she hinted on Twitter will contain five to eight new songs.

Yup, that’s really what it’s called! And while we’ll probably have to wait until Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up — Redo Reissue gets a release date, the new Cassie-featuring single off Re-Up 1 has already hit the streets.

Called “The Boys,” the new single nicely tightwalks between Nicki’s increasingly distinct genre interests, mixing pearly pop with rap swag and a tiny smidge of soulful balladry.

Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments:

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The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj raps: 'I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney'

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have already been asked by several musical acts to stop playing their songs at Republican campaign events. Fortunately, they can count on one mainstream singer for political and musical support: Nicki Minaj. It appears the Trinidadian-born rapper and rumored soon-to-be American Idol judge is voting Republican this November, judging by the lyrics of her new NSFW duet with Lil Wayne. In “Mercy,” part of Lil Wayne’s new mixtape, Dedication 4, Minaj spits out,“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b——s is f—— up the economy.”

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Nicki Minaj is a topless mermaid in 'I Am Your Leader' video -- WATCH

After stripping and grinding her way into B.O.B’s heart, Nicki Minaj is up to her skin-baring ways again in the new video for her song ‘I Am Your Leader.’

The 29 year-old artist kicks this pink Barbie mansion-themed clip off wearing a mini-skirt that leaves, well, pretty much nothing to the imagination. Then she moves things to the bubble bath. In that time, she has also managed to transform into a topless mermaid — with strategically placed suds.

Watch the NSFW video below and tell us what you think!

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Nicki Minaj plays a stripping psychoanalyist in B.o.B's 'Out of My Mind' video: Watch it here

Nicki Minaj, a doctor, and a stripper: It’s like three Halloween costumes in one!

In the new video for “Out of My Mind,” a bespectacled Dr. Minaj shows up in a white coat to administer a psych evaluation on patient B.o.B — but this isn’t your normal eval! No, it’s the kind that ends with her ripping off her coat and giving the potential loon a lap dance in leopard-print lingerie.

Needless to say, the new B.o.B clip is probably a bit unsafe for work — unless you also work at some sort of sexy mental-health facility, in which case this video will probably just bore you:

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Nicki Minaj cancels gigs amid 'American Idol' speculation

Normally, Nicki Minaj doesn’t like to keep quiet. But now, it looks like she has no choice: the Pink lady has cancelled her performances at the U.K.’s V Festival (August 18 and 19) due to “strained vocal chords,” according to a statement released by her publicist on Saturday. The statement says that Minaj already had bruised vocal chords during an August 14th gig in New York, and after a recent x-ray, her doctor suggested that she rest for a few more days. The news also comes just one day after reports that Minaj is a top contender for the open judge’s seat on American Idol. Earlier this month, she tweeted that she has to start her fall tour later than planned, but slyly added that when her fans find out why she’s postponing it, “they will be very happy.” Looks like she has a good excuse to keep mum about that for a while.

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On the Charts: Taylor Swift's big sales, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows up, The Lumineers say 'Hey'

Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.

Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)

There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.

We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj brings 'Starships' to 'Today' show: Watch it here

Call it a Pink Tuesday?

The hyperactive blond alien we earthlings refer to as Nicki Minaj landed her spaceship in the Today show’s Rockefeller Center studios for a live outdoor performance this morning. Decked in a red skintight number and golden tresses, she and her cadre of shirtless backup dancers bounced around on stage during their live rendition of “Starships.” 

The show was exactly as bonkers as you might expect, particularly when Minaj descended into the youthful crowd and elicited one of those scream frenzies that makes moms litigious.

Check out Minaj’s Today show appearance in the clip below:

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BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.

The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.

That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.

Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.

The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”

As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-‘Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:

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