2016 American Music Award Nominees Announced

American Music Awards Nominations

The 2016 American Music Awards are Sunday, Nov. 20 on ABC.

The American Music Awards (AMAs) is an annual American music awards show, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network’s contract to present the Grammy Awards expired. Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded on the basis of votes by members of the Recording Academy, the AMAs are determined by a poll of the public and fans, who can vote through the AMAs website. The award statuette is manufactured by the New York firm Society Awards.

Here is the complete list of nominees!

Favorite Album Pop/Rock

Adele, 25

Justin Bieber, Purpose

Drake, Views

Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock


Selena Gomez


Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber


The Weeknd

Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary


Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Favorite Duo or Group, Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers


Twenty One Pilots

Artist of the Year



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B


Janet Jackson


Collab of the Year

The Chainsmokers & Daya

Drake, Kyla & Wizkid

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign

Rihanna & Drake

Meghan Trainor & John Legend

New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes

Zayn Malik

Video of the Year

Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

Desiigner – “Panda”

Rihanna & Drake – “Work”

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop


Fetty Wap


Favorite Female Artist – Country

Kelsea Ballerini

Carrie Underwood


Favorite Album – Country

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Song – Country

Florida Georgia Line

Tim McGraw

Thomas Rhett

Favorite Artist – EDM

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock


Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Hillsong United

Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist – Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Nicky Jam

J Balvin

Top Soundtrack

Prince, Purple Rain

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Suicide Squad

Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Desiigner – “Panda”

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Fetty Wap – “679”

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B Nominees

Beyoncé – Lemonade

Rihanna – Anti

Bryson Tiller – “TRAPSOUL”

Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

Adele – “Hello”

Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”

Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”

Tour of the Year



Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Bryson Tiller

The Weeknd

Drake has broken the 32-year record for the most American Music Awards nominations with 13 nods, beating Michael Jackson’s previous high mark of 11 from 1984. The “Hotline Bling” rapper leads all 2016 American Music Awards nominees with nods in categories including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Song and Favorite R&B song, among others. If he wins in any of the categories it will make his first AMA win.

Drake will go up against Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Underwood and The Weeknd for Artist of the Year; the 10 nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through Monday, November 14 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, November 17 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period. If Bieber wins the award he will tie current record hold Taylor Swift for the most wins (3). With eight past wins and this year’s five nominations, Bieber needs just one win to become one of the top 10 AMA winners of all time.

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