Bruno Mars leads Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards nom­i­nees with eight

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Bruno Mars is the top nom­i­nee with eight nods at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, while The Chainsmok­ers, Drake, Ken­drick La­mar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nom­i­na­tions apiece.

The nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced Thurs­day for the fan-voted Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, with an all-male lineup for the top prize of artist of the year.

Mars will com­pete against The Chainsmok­ers, Drake, La­mar and Sheeran. Justin Bieber, Daddy Yan­kee and Luis Fonsi re­ceived four nom­i­na­tions each, in­clud­ing favourite pop/rock song for their hit col­lab­o­ra­tion, “Des­pac­ito.’’ The video for “Des­pac­ito,’’ which set the record for most-watched clip on Youtube with more than three bil­lion views, was also nom­i­nated for video of the year.

Keith Ur­ban leads coun­try artists with three nom­i­na­tions. Nom­i­nees for the new artist of the year are James Arthur, Niall Ho­ran, Ju­lia Michaels, Post Malone and Rae Srem­murd. Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga and Ri­hanna are nom­i­nated for favourite fe­male artist pop/rock.

The show will air live from the Mi­crosoft Theater in Los An­ge­les on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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