American Music Awards: Drake, Cardi B Lead 2018 Nominations

10:00 AM 9/12/2018

by Hilary Lewis

Other multiple nominees include Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Khalid and Taylor Swift.

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The nominations for the 2018 American Music Awards have been announced, with Drake and Cardi B scoring a leading eight nods each.

Ed Sheeran and Post Malone are tied for the second-most nominations with six apiece, followed by Camila Cabello with five and Bruno Mars, Khalid and Taylor Swift with four each.

Drake, Sheeran, Post Malone and Swift will face off against Imagine Dragons in the artist of the year category, while Swift, Sheeran and Mars landed tour of the year nominations alongside Beyonce and Jay-Z and U2.

Cabello, Cardi B and Drake are all up for video of the year. Late rapper XXXTentacion is up for two posthumous awards for new artist of the year and favorite album — soul/R&B.

Other new artist nominees include Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid and Dua Lipa. Cardi B also scored a collaboration of the year nomination for her team-up with Bruno Mars on "Finesse." In that category the pair will face off against Cabello featuring Young Thug ("Havana"), Post Malone featuring 21 Savage ("Rockstar"), Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line ("Meant to Be") and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey ("The Middle").

Favorite social artist nominees are BTS, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes.

The 2018 AMAs, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross for the second year in a row, will air live on ABC from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m.

The AMAs are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.

Read on for a full list of this year's nominations.

  • Artist of the Year

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Drake
    Imagine Dragons
    Post Malone
    Ed Sheeran

  • Collaboration of the Year

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - "Havana" (WINNER)
    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

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Beyonce & JAY-Z
    Bruno Mars
    Ed Sheeran
    U2

  • Video of the Year

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - "Havana" (WINNER)
    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
    Drake - "God's Plan"

  • New Artist of the Year

    Camila Cabello (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Dua Lipa
    Khalid
    XXXTENTACION

  • Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

    Post Malone (WINNER)
    Drake
    Ed Sheeran

  • Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Camila Cabello
    Cardi B

  • Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

    Migos (WINNER)
    Imagine Dragons
    Maroon 5

  • Favorite Album - Pop/Rock

    Taylor Swift - Reputation (WINNER)
    Drake - Scorpion
    Ed Sheeran - ÷ (Divide)

  • Favorite Song - Pop/Rock

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - "Havana" (WINNER)
    Drake - "God's Plan"
    Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"

  • Favorite Male Artist - Country

    Kane Brown (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan
    Thomas Rhett

  • Favorite Female Artist - Country

    Carrie Underwood (WINNER)
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Maren Morris

  • Favorite Duo or Group - Country

    Florida Georgia Line (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay
    LANCO

  • Favorite Album - Country

    Kane Brown - Kane Brown (WINNER)
    Luke Combs - This One's for You
    Thomas Rhett - Life Changes

  • Favorite Song - Country

    Kane Brown - "Heaven" (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay - "Tequila"
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - "Meant to Be"

  • Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B (WINNER)
    Drake
    Post Malone

  • Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys (WINNER)
    Drake - Scorpion
    Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2

  • Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop

    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" (WINNER)
    Drake - "God's Plan"
    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - "Rockstar"

  • Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

    Khalid (WINNER)
    Bruno Mars
    The Weeknd

  • Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

    Rihanna (WINNER)
    Ella Mai
    SZA

  • Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

    XXXTENTACION - 17 (WINNER)
    Khalid - American Teen
    SZA - CTRL

  • Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

    Bruno Mars & Cardi B - "Finesse" (WINNER)
    Khalid - "Young Dumb & Broke"
    Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up"

  • Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

    Panic! At the Disco (WINNER)
    Imagine Dragons
    Portugal. The Man

  • Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary

    Shawn Mendes (WINNER)
    Pink
    Ed Sheeran

  • Favorite Artist - Latin

    Daddy Yankee (WINNER)
    J Balvin
    Ozuna

  • Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

    Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
    MercyMe
    Zach Williams

  • Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

    Marshmello (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    Zedd

  • Favorite Soundtrack

    Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By (WINNER)
    The Greatest Showman
    The Fate of the Furious: The Album

  • Favorite Social Artist

    BTS (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Demi Lovato
    Shawn Mendes