Bruno Mars is leading with eight nominations, including the top coveted award of the night -- Artist of the Year. He will compete singers Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, DJ duo The Chainsmokers -- all of whom have landed five nominations for the top award.
Halsey got nominated in two categories, in the favourite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year categories for “Closer,” but did not land any solo nominations despite having had a chart-topping album earlier this year.
Rihanna was another female artist who landed two nominations. She will be competing with Lady Gaga and newcomer Alessia Cara for favourite female pop/rock artist while facing Beyonce and Kehlani in the favourite female soul/R&B category.
Twitter users also expressed their disappointment at a male-dominated list:
The AMAs' nominations have missed on several artists including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey and Kesha, all of whom released new songs and albums this year. The list also misses Taylor Swift, who released a much-talked-about video in August for her single “Look What You Made Me Do.”
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 Sept. 9, 2016, to Sept. 14, 2017, organizers said.
The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by fans and will be announced at a live ceremony televised on ABC on Nov. 19.