Cardi B, Drake tie for most 2018 AMAs nomination

The 2018 AMAs are October 9th on ABC

As the kick-off to this year’s highly anticipated 2018 American Music Awards, chart-topping artists Kane Brown and Ella Mai, singer and American Music Award winner Normani and award winning singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha have announced the nominations live from YouTube Space LA. The event was livestreamed on the official American Music Awards YouTube channel and included a panel discussion about the nominations with the presenting talent and Billboard correspondent Chelsea Briggs. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2018 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9th at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Cardi B and Drake lead this year’s nominees, with eight possible wins for each. Ed Sheeran and Post Malone each earned six nominations. Camila Cabello, nominated five times this year, could win her first AMA as a solo artist.

The Artist of the Year nominees are Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift.

The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, is where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene. From Pop and Rock, to Country, Hip Hop and beyond, this year’s show will celebrate some of the best moments in music with appearances by today’s brightest stars and live performances from the biggest names in the industry.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of September 15, 2017 through August 9, 2018. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans.

Voting is now open in all categories except New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Favorite Social Artist and Collaboration of the Year, which will all open on Monday, September 24th. For New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Favorite Social Artist and Collaboration of the Year, fans can vote for each award 100 times per day, per voting platform in one or both of the ways below. Fans can vote for all other awards once per day, per voting platform.

  • Via web at VoteAMAs.com
  • Posting a tweet on Twitter that includes the nominee’s name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the tweet
2018 American Music Awards Nominees

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Drake
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE SAVOR CARD

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Khalid
  • Dua Lipa
  • XXXTENTACION

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
  • Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

TOUR OF THE YEAR

  • Beyoncé & JAY-Z
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift
  • U2

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
  • Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Drake “God’s Plan”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST

  • BTS
  • Cardi B
  • Ariana Grande
  • Demi Lovato
  • Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Maroon 5
  • Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • Drake “Scorpion”
  • Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
  • Taylor Swift “reputation”

FAVORITE SONG- POP/ROCK

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
  • Drake “God’s Plan”
  • Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Bryan
  • Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY

  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LANCO

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

  • Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
  • Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
  • Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

  • Kane Brown “Heaven”
  • Dan + Shay “Tequila”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Post Malone

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Drake “Scorpion”
  • Lil Uzi Vert “Luv Is Rage 2”
  • Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Drake “God’s Plan”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Ella Mai
  • Rihanna
  • SZA

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

  • Khalid “American Teen”
  • SZA “CTRL”
  • XXXTENTACION “17”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

  • Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
  • Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Panic! At The Disco
  • Portugal. The Man

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Shawn Mendes
  • P!NK
  • Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

  • J Balvin
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Ozuna

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • Lauren Daigle
  • MercyMe
  • Zach Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Marshmello
  • Zedd

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK

  • Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Fate of the Furious: The Album

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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