JTA - Jewish rapper Drake was nominated for 13 American Music Awards, breaking the record of 11 set by Michael Jackson in 1984.
In comparison, Adele is up for five awards and Beyonce for four.
“Views,” which was released in April, stayed atop the Billboard 200 chart for 13 consecutive weeks. As of late August, the album has sold nearly 1.4 million copies. As of Tuesday, its leading single, “One Dance,” has been played close to 865 million times on the Spotify streaming service.
Unlike the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards are determined by factors such as record sales, radio airplay, activity on social networks and public votes.
Drake, 29, born Aubrey Graham in Toronto to a black father and Jewish mother, attended a Jewish day school and still occasionally notes Jewish holidays on social media. He discussed his mixed heritage in a bar mitzvah sketch while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2014.