Mars lands eight award nom­i­na­tions

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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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.

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