“I’m really going there to perform `Freedom,’” Minaj said of her new single. “I’m very, very proud of the record and I’m happy that people are going to get to hear it. I’m performing a hip-hop song on the AMAs, and I think . that’s just a big look for hip-hop.”
The three-hour program was be broadcast live on ABC.
Other multiple nominees include Usher, Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5 and One Direction, who have three nods each. Perry, Underwood, Brown, Clarkson, Pitbull, fun., Gotye, J. Cole and Luke Bryan are all double nominees.
American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online.
The 40th anniversary show will also include the tribute to Clark, its creator.
“Dick changed the face of music back in the late `50s,” producer Larry Klein said. “Dick is the one who made rock `n’ roll acceptable to come into people’s homes… We’re paying tribute to Dick because of the legacy that he’s left everybody and also the creativity of what he did on this show.”
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report from Los Angeles. Follow (at)APSandy’s American Music Award updates at http://www.twitter.com/APEntertainment.