Cardi B, Drake lead American Music nominations

Rappers Cardi B and Drake led nominations on Wednesday for the American Music Awards with eight apiece in a line-up that included Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran but snubbed Kanye West and made Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Rihanna also-rans.

The fan-voted American Music Award nominations also included five nods for Cuban-born singer Camila Cabello, including new artist and best female artist, four for Bruno Mars, and six for hip-hop star Post Malone. Boy band BTS became the first Korean group to be nominated for an American Music Award and will compete in the favorite social artist category. Beyonce and Ariana Grande earned just one each, for tour of the year with husband Jay-Z and social artist respectively. Rihanna got a single nomination, for best female soul/R&B artist.

Kanye West, who released his chart-topping album “Ye” in June after grabbing headlines for an erratic Twitter storm, was empty-handed. In the artist of the year category, Drake will compete with Taylor Swift, Post Malone, rock band Imagine Dragons, and British singer-songwriter Sheeran.

New York rapper Cardi B, who has had a breakout year with hits like “Bodak Yellow,” and “Finesse” with Bruno Mars, will compete for best new artist as well as best female artist in both the pop and rap categories. “Perfect” singer Sheeran and Post Malone earned six nominations apiece while Swift got four, including best tour and pop album for “Reputation.” The American Music Award nominations are based on streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring between September 2017 and August 2018.

The winners are chosen by fans online and will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Oct. 8.

Following are nominations in key categories;

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Drake

Imagine Dragons

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Khalid

Dua Lipa

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”

Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”

Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

TOUR OF THE YEAR

Beyonce & Jay-Z

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

BTS

Cardi B

Ariana Grande

Demi Lovato

Shawn Mendes

MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Drake

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Taylor Swift

ALBUM – POP/ROCK

Drake “Scorpion”

Ed Sheeran “Divide”

Taylor Swift “Reputation”

SONG- POP/ROCK

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”

Drake “God’s Plan”

Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Kane Brown

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

Cardi B

Drake

Post Malone

MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Khalid

Bruno Mars

The Weeknd

FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Ella Mai

Rihanna

SOUNDTRACK

“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By”

“The Greatest Showman”

“The Fate of the Furious: The Album”

 

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