Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran Lead AMA Nominations

The American Music Awards Nominations are in, and The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran are the leaders of the pack. Swift has been having one amazing year, and her six nominations are just the icing on the cake. Both Sheeran and The Weeknd follow the pop superstar with five nominations each, according to USA Today’s list of nominees.

Swift, who opened the show last year with her hit single “Blank Space,” will be heading back, but will she walk away with the most awards? Singer Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, where they announced all of the nominees, which also includes, Ariana Grande, rapper Nicki Minaj, One Direction, and country superstar Luke Bryan.

The real battle comes at the end when 10 artists are looking to score the highest award of the night — Artist of the Year. This year has a great selection of artists from different genres, including Taylor Swift, first-time AMA nominee The Weeknd, Sheeran, Bryan, Grande, Minaj, Maroon 5, One Direction, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor. Each artist has topped the charts in their category, but only one will be able to walk home with the award.


Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been topping the charts with “Can’t Feel My Face” since its initial release, and now the song is in the running for the coveted Song of the Year award. There’s some stiff competition this year, and he’s up against Swift’s “Blank Space,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth’s “See You Again,” and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk.”

All AMA nominations are decided based on both album and digital sales, along with radio airplay, and fan interactions that are tracked by Billboard and Nielsen Entertainment. The winners, however, are chosen by the fans. Fans can vote for The Weekend or any of their favorites simply by visiting the AMA website or by logging onto Twitter.


No musical performances have been announced yet. Check back soon to which of your favorite artists will be hitting the stage to perform their hit songs.

Check out the top AMA 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 Ü 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 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
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 Artist — Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United

Favorite Artist — EDM
Calvin Harris
David Guetta

Top Soundtrack
Fifty Shades of Grey
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Pitch Perfect 2

Will The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, or Ed Sheeran come out on top? Tune in Sunday, November 22 as Jennifer Lopez hosts the show live on ABC.

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