Mars top nom­i­nee with 8 AMA nods

Times Colonist - - Arts -

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 fan­voted 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 got four nom­i­na­tions each, in­clud­ing favourite pop/rock song for their hit, Des­pac­ito. The video for the song, which set the record 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 in Los An­ge­les on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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