Mars top nominee with 8 AMA nods
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.