The American Music Awards (AMAs) are airing Sunday at 8/7 central on ABC and tend to be on the less intense side of the music award circuit. This year, Jennifer Lopez will be hosting the award show and performances are expected by 5 Seconds of Summer, Coldplay, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Weeknd, and many more.
The AMAs don't exactly reach far when looking to find hip-hoppers to fit into their two rap categories, and tend to err on the side of caution or maybe even suggestion when selecting nominees. The 2015 nominees do, however, align with successful projects this year and include Drake, Fetty Wap and Nicki Minaj for Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and 2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole, If You're Reading This It's Too Late – Drake and The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj for Rap/Hip-Hop Album.
There is a fairly consistent pattern when it comes to the winners of these two categories. The same person has won both awards since 2009 when they started using only artist and album rather than male, album and group. Last year, Iggy Azalea won both categories, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2013, Nicki Minaj in 2011 and 2012 with Pink Friday and Pink Friday (reloaded) respectively, and Eminem in 2010. If kindergarten taught us anything, if the pattern stays consistent, we can expect either Drake or Nicki Minaj to win this year. And after the last few months Drake has had, along with dancing prowess, it's quite possible that he has earned the favor of the American people.
To find out if 2015 will mark another patterned year, tune in on Sunday, 11/22 at 8/7 central on ABC.