Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominees


October 13, 2017
Bruno Mars
FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, singers Luis Fonsi (left) and Daddy Yankee perform during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)


Bruno Mars is the top nominee with eight nods at the American Music Awards, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece.

The nominations were announced Thursday for the fan-voted American Music Awards, with an all-male line-up for the top prize of artiste of the year. Mars will compete against The Chainsmokers, Drake, Lamar and Sheeran.

Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each, including favourite pop/rock song for their hit collaboration, Despacito.

The video for Despacito, which set the record for most-watched clip on YouTube with more than three billion views, was also nominated for video of the year.

Keith Urban leads country artistes with three nominations. Nominees for the new artiste of the year are James Arthur, Niall Horan, Julia Michaels, Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd.

Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are nominated for favourite female artiste pop/rock.

The show will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.