Madonna, Springsteen, McGraw, Jackson, Prince Up For American Music Awards

by VVN Music & Newsdesk

The American Music Awards, the ugly stepchild of the Grammys, announced their nominations today with, as usual, just a couple of nods for veteran artists.

Based on sales, the AMA nominations regularly honor the most popular and not specifically the best that the music world has to offer. Final winners are based on a public vote, adding to the popularity aspect of the "honor".

Drake looks set to win big at the American Music Awards after bagging a record 13 nominations.

The Hotline Bling star's domination of so many categories, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock, and Favorite Album Pop/Rock, meant he surpassed Michael Jackson's previous nominations record of 11.

He will compete against rumoured girlfriend Rihanna, who surprisingly earned the second highest number of nominations with seven, in the prestigious Artist of the Year category. Beyonce earned just four nominations overall for her critically acclaimed surprise album Lemonade.

Also on a shortlist for the top honor, which will be narrowed down to five artists before the ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 20 are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.

Adele and Justin Bieber picked up five nominations each, with Beyonce on four alongside The Chainsmokers.

Despite going up against each other for the event's main prize, Drake and Rihanna also received nods for their collaboration on the hit track Work.

The song is nominated in three categories, Video of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song Soul/R&B.

Drake's album Views is also up for two awards, earning nominations for best album in the Pop/Rock and the Hip Hop/Rap category.

He will duke it out with Justin Bieber and The Weeknd in the Best Male Artist Pop/Rock category

The Canadian rapper, who is yet to win an American Music Award, was also nominated in the Favorite Song Pop/Rock category for his track One Dance, featuring Wizkid & Kyla. Adele's Hello and Justin's track Love Yourself are also nominated for that award.

The nominations were announced on U.S. TV show Good Morning America by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten, as well as on a Facebook livestream.
As for veteran artist, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band are up tour of the year against Beyonce. Tim McGraw is up for Favorite Song - Country for Humble and Kind and Enrique Iglesias was recognized for Favorite Artist - Latin.

In the strangest nomination of the year, Purple Rain is up for Top Soundtrack. Prince's album previously won Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Album 31 years ago in 1985.

The nominees (veteran artists in bold):

Artist of the Year
  • Adele
  • Beyoncé
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Selena Gomez
  • Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Carrie Underwood
  • The Weeknd
New Artist of the Year Un-Leased By T-Mobile
  • Alessia Cara
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Dnce
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Zayn
Collaboration of the Year
  • Don’t Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya 
  • One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla 
  • Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $Ign 
  • Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake 
  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend 
Tour of the Year
  • Beyoncé
  • Madonna
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Video of the Year
  • Sorry - Justin Bieber 
  • Panda - Desiigner 
  • Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake 
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • The Weeknd
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • Adele
  • Selena Gomez
  • Rihanna
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Dnce
  • Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
  • 25 - Adele 
  • Purpose - Justin Bieber 
  • Views - Drake 
Favorite Song- Pop/Rock
  • Hello - Adele
  • Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
  • One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla
Favorite Male Artist – Country
  • Luke Bryan
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist – Country
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Cam
  • Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group – Country
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion
Favorite Album - Country
  • Kill The Lights - Luke Bryan 
  • Traveller - Chris Stapleton 
  • Storyteller - Carrie Underwood 
Favorite Song - Country
  • H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line 
  • Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw 
  • Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett 
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Future
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Views - Drake 
  • What A Time To Be Alive - Drake & Future 
  • Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap 
Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Panda - Desiigner 
  • Hotline Bling - Drake 
  • 679 - Fetty Wap 
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
  • Chris Brown
  • Bryson Tiller
  • The Weeknd
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
  • Beyoncé
  • Janet Jackson
  • Rihanna
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
  • Lemonade - Beyoncé 
  • Anti - Rihanna 
  • T R A P S O U L - Bryson Tiller 
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
  • One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla 
  • Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake 
  • Don’t - Bryson Tiller 
Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
  • Coldplay
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • X Ambassadors
Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
  • Adele
  • Rachel Platten
  • Meghan Trainor
Favorite Artist - Latin
  • J Balvin
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Nicky Jam
Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Hillsong United
  • Chris Tomlin
Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (Edm)
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Calvin Harris
  • Major Lazer
Top Soundtrack
  • Purple Rain
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Suicide Squad: The Album

1 comment

Brandon Penny said...

REMEMBER, ONLY THIS COUNTS: The RECORD for most American Music Awards WON is held by Michael Jackson, who has amassed twenty-six (26) awards, including one for "Artist of the Century"!!!

Even if he wins every award, he won’t come close to the record the King of Pop still holds for a total 26 AMAs won. And unlike Jackson, there’s pretty much no way Drake will ever win “Artist of the Century.”
So don’t fret—M.J.’s still the king.

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