Ed Sheeran (left) with Taylor Swift
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd lead the list of nominees for this year’s American Music Awards.
Swift, the reigning queen of the pop world, grabbed a total of six nominations, including a bid for artist of the year. Sheeran and Canadian singer-songwriter the Weeknd tied with five apiece. Both are also nommed for artist of the year.
Other contenders for artist of the year are Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. The field will be narrowed to five nominees based on fan voting tallied through Nov. 11.
Song of the year nominees are: Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth “See You Again,” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!,” Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud,” Taylor Swift “Blank Space,” and The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face.”
Jennifer Lopez hosts this year’s ceremony, to air live Nov. 22 on ABC, originating from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.
Here is the complete list of nominations:
Artist Of The Year Luke Bryan Ariana Grande Maroon 5 Nicki Minaj One Direction Ed Sheeran Sam Smith Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor The Weeknd
New Artist Of The Year Presented By Kohl’s Fetty Wap Sam Hunt Tove Lo Walk The Moon The Weeknd
Song Of The Year Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth “See You Again” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift “Blank Space” The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”
Collaboration Of The Year Un-Leashed By T-Mobile Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth “See You Again” Rihanna & Kanye West Featuring Paul McCartney “FourFiveSeconds” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” Skrillex & Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber “Where Are U Now” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar “Bad Blood”
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Nick Jonas Ed Sheeran Sam Smith
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Ariana Grande Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor
Favorite Duo Or Group – Pop/Rock: Maroon 5 One Direction Walk The Moon
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Ed Sheeran “x” Sam Smith “In The Lonely Hour” Taylor Swift “1989”
Favorite Male Artist – Country: Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Sam Hunt
Favorite Female Artist – Country: Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo Or Group – Country: Zac Brown Band Florida Georgia Line Little Big Town
Favorite Album – Country: Jason Aldean “Old Boots, New Dirt” Florida Georgia Line “Anything Goes” Sam Hunt “Montevallo”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Drake Fetty Wap Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop: J. Cole “2014 Forest Hills Drive” Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B: Chris Brown Trey Songz The Weeknd
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Beyonce Mary J. Blige Rihanna
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Chris Brown “X” D’Angelo and The Vanguard “Black Messiah” The Weeknd “Beauty Behind the Madness”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock: Fall Out Boy Hozier Walk The Moon
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor
Favorite Artist – Latin: Enrique Iglesias Ricky Martin Romeo Santos
Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational: Casting Crowns Hillsong United MercyMe
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Calvin Harris David Guetta Zedd
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