×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cardi B, Drake Lead American Music Awards 2018 Nominees

Cardi B and Drake lead the 2018 nominees for the American Music Awards, which were announced today via a livestream on YouTube Music, which is the event’s sponsor.

The pair eight have eigh nods, while Ed Sheeran and Post Malone each earned six and Camila Cabello, in her first AMAs as a solo artist, followed with five.

Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the AMAs, billed as the “world’s largest fan-voted awards show,” will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

The Artist of the Year nominees are Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift.

The nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of September 15, 2017 through August 9, 2018. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans.

Voting opened today in all categories except New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Favorite Social Artist and Collaboration of the Year, which will all open on Monday, September 24.

For New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Favorite Social Artist and Collaboration of the Year, fans can vote for each award 100 times per day, per voting platform in one or both of the ways below. Fans can vote for all other awards once per day, per voting platform.

  • Via web at VoteAMAs.com
  • Posting a tweet on Twitter that includes the nominee’s name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the tweet

The “2018 American Music Awards” is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Tracee Ellis Ross are Executive Producers. Larry Klein is Producer.

The full list of nominees is below:

“2018 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS” NOMINEES

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Drake
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE SAVOR CARD

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa=
XXXTENTACION

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
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

Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
U2

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Drake “God’s Plan”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST

BTS
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Drake
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

Drake “Scorpion”
Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
Taylor Swift “reputation”

FAVORITE SONG- POP/ROCK

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
Drake “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY

Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LANCO

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

Kane Brown “Heaven”
Dan + Shay “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

Drake “Scorpion”
Lil Uzi Vert “Luv Is Rage 2”
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP

Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Drake “God’s Plan”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Ella Mai
Rihanna
SZA

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

Khalid “American Teen”
SZA “CTRL”
XXXTENTACION “17”

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco
Portugal. The Man

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Shawn Mendes
P!NK
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Ozuna

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Lauren Daigle
MercyMe
Zach Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

The Chainsmokers
Marshmello
Zedd

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK

“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By”
“The Greatest Showman”
“The Fate of the Furious: The Album”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • How 'Save Our Show' Campaigns Affect

    From 'The OA' to 'One Day at a Time': How 'Save Our Show' Campaigns Affect Network Interest

    Organized flash mobs and mounting billboards still may not save your favorite shows, as some fan campaigns are finding out. Following Netflix’s most recent decision to stand firm on its cancellation of “The OA,” the question remains, “what will save these shows?” When networks and streamers find that smaller favorites aren’t big cash cows, fans [...]

  • Afton WilliamsonABC All-Star Happy Hour, TCA

    Afton Williamson 'Rookie' Investigation: Studio Finds No 'Inappropriate' Workplace Behavior

    Entertainment One (eOne) has released their findings into claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment and assault made by Afton Williamson, former star of the ABC series “The Rookie.” A statement released by the company reads, in part, “As a result of the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations [...]

  • DeVaughn Nixon'A Tale of Two Sisters'

    DeVaughn Nixon to Play His Dad Norm Nixon in HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot

    DeVaughn Nixon, best known for his roles in “Prom” and “Marvel’s Runaways” has joined HBO’s untitled pilot about the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s. Nixon will play his father Norm Nixon, a debonair playboy who overcomes insurmountable odds to become the all-star point guard of the Lakers. He expertly maneuvers the complexities of NBA stardom, [...]

  • "The Stockholm Syndrome" - Pictured: Rajesh

    Inside the Blockbuster $600 Million 'Big Bang Theory' Streaming Deal With HBO Max

    As one of TV’s most popular shows of the past 20 years, “The Big Bang Theory” was sure to command a huge price when the streaming rights were finally shopped in a red-hot market for iconic comedies with large libraries. But “Big Bang Theory” wasn’t shopped widely on the open market before the streaming pact [...]

  • Jennie Snyder Urman'Jane The Virgin' and

    'Jane the Virgin' Team to Develop Female Ghost Hunter Series for The CW (EXCLUSIVE)

    The CW is developing a drama based on V.E. Schwab’s “The Archived” book series, Variety has learned exclusively. The project hails from “Jane the Virgin” writer Liz Sczudlo with “Jane the Virgin” creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman executive producing. In the series, the eldest child in a family of ghost hunters, Bex has trained her [...]

  • Sterling K Brown SAG Awards

    Sterling K. Brown to Produce Drama Series 'Everyday Insanity' in Development at Fox

    Fox is developing a one-hour drama that boasts Sterling K. Brown among its executive producers. Titled “Everyday Insanity,” the series is inspired by the life events of series creator Laura Bensick. It is described as an uplifting drama about three wildly different families who form a “created family” to support each other after their loved [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content