American Music Awards: Taylor Swift Leads Nominations

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ABC will air the AMAs, which Jennifer Lopez hosts for the first time, live from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22.

Taylor Swift is the most nominated artist at the 2015 American Music Awards. The singer is up for six awards, including artist of the year. The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran are one nom behind with five each, while others like Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor scored four chances at a trophy.

The nominees were partially revealed by Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, followed by a Snapchat announcement of more nominees. ABC will air the AMAs, which Jennifer Lopez hosts for the first time, live from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22. 

Swift, who has 16 career AMAs to her name (three of which are artist of the year honors), is a sweep away from eclipsing Whitney Houston as the AMAs' most decorated artist. That's if she wins all six of her categories, which include favorite album for 2014's multi-platinum smash 1989 and song of the year for "Blank Space."

Indeed, it's the song category that looks to be especially competitive this year as radio favorites like Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's “See You Again," "Uptown Funk!" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and The Weeknd's “Can’t Feel My Face” face off.

Other nominated artists include newcomers Sam HuntWalk the Moon and Fetty Wap.

AMAs nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.

The American Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, a sister company of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are executive producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are producers.The winners are voted on entirely by fans.

Voting is open at AMAvote.com.

See the full list of nominees below:

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 DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction
  • Walk The Moon

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

  • Drake
  • 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 MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Chris Brown
  • Trey Songz
  • The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Beyoncé
  • Mary J.  Blige
  • Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

  • Chris Brown X
  • D’Angelo and The Vanguard Black Messiah
  • The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness

FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK

  • Fall Out Boy
  • Hozier
  • Walk The Moon

FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift
  • Meghan Trainor

FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN

  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Ricky Martin
  • Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • Casting Crowns
  • Hillsong United
  • MercyMe

FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

  • Calvin Harris
  • David Guetta
  • Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK

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

This story first appeared on billboard.com

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