Bruno Mars led with eight nominations or the American Music Awards

October 13, 2017 1:59 pm Published by :

The men of pop and hip-hop led the nominations for the American Music Awards (AMA) on Thursday, while female artists were left out of most categories.

Bruno Mars led with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, the top accolade of the night. He will face hip-hop stars Drake and Kendrick Lamar, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and electro-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers – each of whom landed five nominations – for the coveted award.

The women of pop music failed to land nominations in categories such as Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Tour of the Year.

Pop star Halsey, one of the few female artists to land nominations for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the hit song “Closer,” tweeted on Thursday that she was “really disappointed” at the male-dominated nominees’ list. “So many incredible female artists have released this year. hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them,” she said.

Halsey landed two nominations, in the favourite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year categories for “Closer,” but did not land any solo nominations despite having had a chart-topping album earlier this year.

Notable omissions include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey and Kesha, all of whom released new songs and albums this year, as well as Taylor Swift, who released a high-concept video in August for her single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

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The AMA nominees are selected through measurements on fan interactions across Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com, which include figures from music sales, touring, streaming and radio airplay and social activity from September 9, 2016 to September 14, 2017, organisers said.

The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by fans and will be announced at a live ceremony televised on ABC on November 19.

Rihanna was the only other female artist to land two nods. She will compete with Lady Gaga and newcomer Alessia Cara for favourite female pop/rock artist, and she will face Beyonce and Kehlani in the favourite female soul/R&B category.

Newcomer Julia Michaels is up against singer James Arthur, former One Direction star Niall Horan, rapper Post Malone and hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd for the New Artist of the Year accolade.

Check out the complete list of nominations

Artist of the year

The Chainsmokers


Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

New artist of the year

James Arthur

Niall Horan

Julia Michaels

Post Malone

Rae Sremmurd

Collaboration of the year

The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Wanna Know”

The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Tour of the year

Garth Brooks



Video of the year

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

Favourite male artist – pop/rock


Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

Favourite female artist – pop/rock

Alessia Cara

Lady Gaga


Favourite duo or group – pop/rock

The Chainsmokers


Imagine Dragons

Favourite album – pop/rock

Drake, More Life

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

The Weeknd, Starboy

Favourite song – pop/rock

The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

Favourite male artist – country

Sam Hunt

Thomas Rhett

Keith Urban

Favourite female artist – country

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Favourite duo or group – country

Florida Georgia Line

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Favourite album – country

Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know

Chris Stapleton, From a Room:, Vol. 1

Keith Urban, Ripcord

Favourite song – country

Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”

Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Favourite artist – rap/hip-hop


Kendrick Lamar


Favourite album – rap/hip-hop

Drake, More Life

Kendrick Lamar, Damn.

Migos, Culture

Favourite song – rap/hip-hop

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”

Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Favourite male artist – soul/R&B

Childish Gambino

Bruno Mars

The Weeknd

Favourite female artist – soul/R&B




Favourite album – soul/ R&B

Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

The Weeknd, Starboy

Favourite song – soul/R&B

Khalid, “Location”

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

The Weeknd, “Starboy”

Favourite artist – alternative rock

Imagine Dragons

Linkin Park

Twenty One Pilots

Favourite artist – adult contemporary

Bruno Mars

Shawn Mendes

Ed Sheeran

Favourite artist – latin

Luis Fonsi

Daddy Yankee


Favourite artist – contemporary inspirational

Lauren Daigle


Chris Tomlin

Favourite artist – EDM

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

DJ Snake

Top soundtrack

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2