LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are the top nominees for this year’s American Music Awards with eight each.
Both will compete for artist of the year against Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift, it was announced Monday.
Megan Thee Stallion is the next leading nominee with five, also for new artist of the year. Other contenders include Ricch, Lewis Capaldi, Doja Cat, DaBaby and Lil Baby.
This year’s ceremony will feature several new categories, including new rap and hip-hop awards and several new Latin music awards.
This year’s ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on ABC on November 22.
Most music award shows have lost the live audience or moved performances outside as a precaution against the coronavirus. Many, such as the BET Awards, Country Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards, have opted for a mix of live and pre-recorded performances.
Several nominees were announced by Dua Lipa on ‘Good Morning America’.
Swift has the chance to expand her lead as the most awarded artist in AMA history – she has 29 wins already.
Swift, Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bad Bunny, DaBaby and Doja Cat all have four nominations each.
Billie Eilish, an award favorite since her Grammy Awards wins, scored two nominations for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist and Favorite Social Artist.
Kanye West earned a nomination for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist. If he wins, it would be his first AMA win in twelve years.
Dan + Shay earned three nominations, including for Favorite Country Duo or Group, competing against Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion.
Harry Styles received his first solo award at the ceremony for his album “Fine Lines”.
Juice WRLD, who died in December, was posthumously nominated for Favorite Male Rap / Hip Hop Artist.