Mars lands eight award nominations
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 artist of the year. Mars will compete against The Chainsmokers, Drake, Lamar and Sheeran.
Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankeeand
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 mostwatched clip on YouTube with more than 3 billion views, was also nominated for video of the year.
Nominees for the new artist of the year are James Arthur, Niall Horan, Julia Michaels, Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, while 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.