Halsey reacted with both pride and discontent when the American Music Awards announced its 2017 nominees this morning. The pop singer-songwriter, whose hit song with The Chainsmokers, “Closer,” has been nominated in two categories of this year’s AMAs, expressed her dissatisfaction with the selection’s lack of female representation.
“Closer” has been nominated for Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock. However, beyond that, most of the categories — besides the specifically designated “female” categories — notably exclude women. Halsey took to Twitter in response to the announcement: “Really honored to have received an @AMAs nomination but really disappointed to hear near exclusively male names… such a missed opportunity.” She continued: “so many incredible female artists have released this year. hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them.”
The 23-year-old star, who released her sophomore album “hopeless fountain kingdom” in June, makes an indisputable point. Ciara announced the nominees for six 2017 AMAs categories live today on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” followed by the release of the full list, including Bruno Mars’s lead with eight nominations including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year. Receiving five nominations each were Drake, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and The Chainsmokers, who were nominated for Artist of the Year, Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock, and Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in addition to the two nominations they share with Halsey. Zero women were nominated for the top Artist of the Year honor, nor were any nominated for Video of the Year or Tour of the Year.
Mediabase’s Powerplaylist chart shows that exactly half of the past week’s top singles are either performed by or feature women, including Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Demi Lovato, and Kesha.
Halsey also performed on “Good Morning America” today. Watch the video of her singing “Bad at Love” below.
The 45th annual American Music Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Voting for Artist of the Year opened today and will close on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8:59:59 p.m. PST. Voting for all other editorial categories closes on Monday, Nov. 13 at 8:59:59 a.m. PST.