The annual award show that recognizes the highest performing acts in music is back, and the nominations for the 2015 American Music Awards are more colorful than ever.
Fetty Wap, Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd have all grabbed major nominations at this year’s show for their massive chart-topping successes from December 1, 2014 until September 1 of this year. Those nominations include Artist of the Year, where Nicki and Abel will battle it out against the soulful Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith, just to name a few.
Mr. 1738 grabbed an easy New Artist of the Year nod for his infectious hits like "Trap Queen," and "My Way,” while also managing to nudge his way in between rap royalty Drake and Nicki for a Favorite Artist nomination.
Even though she hasn’t released any new solo material this year, Queen Bey is always relevant and has picked up a Favorite Female Aritst-Soul/R&B nom just because she holds the crown. Some other notable mentions include Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Rihanna and D’Angelo in various other categories.
See some of the nominations below:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL'S
Walk the Moon
SONG OF THE YEAR
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – "See You Again"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk!"
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"
The Weeknd – "Can't Feel My Face"
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
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
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Mary J. Blige
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown – X
D'Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
For a full list of nominees, click here.
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