Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran lead American Music Awards nods

Rihanna, The Weeknd and Drake Score 2017 American Music Award Nominations

Nominees in the first six categories to be announced were named by R&B star Ciara on USA breakfast news show Good Morning America, with further nominations announced on Facebook.

Singer Bruno Mars topped the list for the upcoming 45th annual American Music Awards (AMA) with eight nominations, including in categories like Artist of the Year, Favourite Male Artist - Pop/Rock and Favourite Album - Pop/Rock for "24K Magic".

Besides the three artistes, The Chainsmokers and Kendrick Lamar are also up for the fight to win the award for Artist of the Year. Ed's track Shape of You is up for Song of the Year Pop/Rock, alongside Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's Despacito and The Chainsmokers and Halsey's Closer.

Mars was also nominated in categories like Video of the Year, Favourite Male Artist - Soul/R&B, Favourite Album - Soul/R&B, Favourite Song - Soul/R&B and Favourite Artist - Adult Contemporary.

Keith Urban led country artists with three nominations.

Newcomer Julia Michaels is up against singer James Arthur, former One Direction star Niall Horan, rapper Post Malone and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd for the New Artist of the Year accolade.

Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga and Rihanna were nominated for the favorite female pop/rock artist award.

The AMA nominees are selected through measurements on fan interactions across Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com, which include figures from music sales, touring, streaming and radio airplay and social activity from September 9, 2016, to September 14, 2017, organizers said.

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

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