2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Drake, Ariana Grande, Ella Mai win big

March 15, 2019

Drake won the most prizes (four) at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Following close behind, with three prizes each, were Ariana Grande and Ella Mai. Neither artist attended the ceremony, but Grande did have a prerecorded performance that was televised on the show. Drake won the prizes for Male Artist of the Year, while his “Scorpion” album was named Hip-Hop Album of the Year, and his song “God’s Plan” won Hip-Hop Song of the Year and Most Thumbed-Up Song of the Year. Grande won the awards for Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year (for “Sweetener’). Mai won the awards for R&B Artist of the Year, Best New R&B Artist and R&B Song of the Year (for “Boo’ed Up”).

The following is a press release from iHeartMedia:

The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards brought the biggest names in entertainment and fans together from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate all things music live on FOX; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service on March 14, 2019. Hosted by T-Pain, the fan-fueled iHeartRadio Music Awards featured performances and incredible collaborations including Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Backstreet Boys, Ella Mai, Garth Brooks, Halsey with special guests Yungblud and Travis Barker, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves with special guest Chris Martin, lovelytheband and Marshmello with special guest Lauv

The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards honored Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award; Garth Brooks with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award; Halsey with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award presented by L’Oréal Paris; and Taylor Swift with the Tour of the Year Award.

In addition, iHeartMedia partnered with leading short-form mobile video app TikTok to present seven awards in the seven days leading up to the Thursday, March 14 telecast. Beginning Thursday, March 7, winning artists were presented their awards and gave acceptance speeches that aired exclusively on the TikTok app each morning at 8:00 AM ET.  Winners included Panic! At The Disco for Alternative Rock Album of the Year, Jason Aldean for Country Album of the Year, twenty one pilots for Rock Album of the Year, Marshmello for Dance Artist of the Year, Imagine Dragons for Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year, the Chainsmokers for Dance Album of the Year and Lauren Jauregui’s dog, Gracie, for Cutest Musician’s Pet.

The official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2019 trended #1 on Twitter Worldwide and in the U.S.

Additional highlights included:

  • For the first-time ever, the iHeartRadio Music Awards presented an AI (Artificial Intelligence) voice assistant with an award. The iHeartRadio Game Changer Tech Award, which honors the most innovative use of technology that brings fans closer to the music they love, was awarded to Amazon’s Alexa. Garth Brooks and Bobby Bones spoke to Alexa, who gave a tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech. Watch it HERE.
  • Halsey opened the show with a stirring performance of “Without Me.” She was later joined onstage by YungBlud and Travis Barker for the song, “11 Minutes.”
  • Kacey Musgraves performed her hit, “Rainbow,” sitting on an actual rainbow, with surprise guest Chris Martin accompanying her on piano.
  • Jamie Foxx presented Alicia Keys with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award and later came back to introduce her performance. The iconic superstar performed for the first time ever with her son, Egypt, who accompanied his mother on piano for a special medley of her new song, “Raise A Man,” and one of her biggest hits, “You Don’t Know My Name.”
  • In a world television premiere, Ariana Grande gave an intimate performance of her new hit single, “Needy,” accompanied by violinists.
  • For the first time in the iHeartRadio Music Awards show history, winners of three Best New Artist categories – Marshmello (Best New Pop Artist) with special guest Luav, lovelytheband (Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist) and Ella Mai (Best New R&B Artist) – came together to perform a medley of their hits including “Happier,” “broken” and “Trip”
  • John Legend performed his new song, “Preach,” backed by a choir.
  • Backstreet Boys started their performance of “No Place” from the audience before seamlessly transitioning into their iconic hit, “I Want It That Way.”
  • Actor and Country music fan, Chris Pratt, surprised those at the show by presenting Garth Brooks with the first-ever Artist of the Decade Award. It was a rare award show appearance for Brooks, who performed a live medley of his number one hits — with Pratt even joining in on stage to sing along — before accepting his award.

Award presenters of the March 14 telecast included Bebe Rexha, Chris Pratt, Elle Fanning, Jamie and Corinne Foxx, Katy Perry, Maren Morris, Nicole Scherzinger, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Shay Mitchell, Steven Tyler, Zedd and more.

In addition, the show featured celebrity guest appearances from 5SOS, AJR, Alan Bersten, Baby Ariel, Badflower, Betty Who, Billie Eilish, Brent Faiyaz, Drake Bell, Draya Michele, Dylan Scott, Faithe Herman and Parker Bates from This is Us, Grey, Hannah G. from The Bachelor, Heidi Klum, Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin, Jessica Szohr, Jordan Davis, Kat Graham, Katie Stevens from The Bold Type, Lele Pons, Madison Beer, MAX, Miguel, Nia Sioux, Nio Garcia, Reza Farahan, Russell Dickerson, Stassi Schroeder, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix from Vanderpump Rules, Tank, Three Days Grace, Tiffany Young, TK Kravitz, Wayne Brady, Zara Larsson and more, plus iHeartRadio personalities including Angela Yee, Bobby Bones, Danielle Monaro, Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Gandhi, Sisanie, Tanya Rad, more.

Category winners were:

Song of the Year:

  • “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Artist of the Year:  

  • Ariana Grande

Female Artist of the Year:  

  • Ariana Grande

Male Artist of the Year:  

  • Drake

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

  • 5 Seconds of Summer

Best Collaboration:

  • “Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

Pop Album of the Year:

  • “Sweetener” – Ariana Grande

Best New Pop Artist: 

  • Marshmello

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • “High Hopes” – Panic! At the Disco

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Album of the Year:

  • “Pray for the Wicked” – Panic! At The Disco

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

  • lovelytheband

Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Safari Song” – Greta Van Fleet

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Three Days Grace

Rock Album of the Year:

  • “Trench” – twenty one pilots

Country Song of the Year:

  • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

Country Artist of the Year:

  • Luke Combs

Country Album of the Year:

  • “Rearview Town” – Jason Aldean

Best New Country Artist:

  • Jordan Davis

Dance Song of the Year:

  • “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year: 

  • Marshmello

Dance Album of the Year:

  • “Sick Boy” – The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

  • “God’s Plan” – Drake

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: 

  • Cardi B

Hip-Hop Album of the Year:

  • “Scorpion” – Drake

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

  • BlocBoy JB

R&B Song of the Year: 

  • “Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai

R&B Artist of the Year: 

  • Ella Mai

R&B Album of the Year:

  • “My Dear Melancholy” – The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist: 

  • Ella Mai

Latin Song of the Year:  

  • “X” – Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year: 

  • Bad Bunny

Latin Album of the Year:

  • “Vibras” – J Balvin

Best New Latin Artist: 

  • Manuel Turizo

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • “Mitad Y Mitad” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:  

  • Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:

  • Con Todas Las Fuerzas – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Label of the Year: 

  • Republic Records

Producer of the Year: 

  • Louis Bell

Songwriter of the Year:

  • Frank Dukes

Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year: 

  • Imagine Dragons

Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year: 

  • “God’s Plan” – Drake

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Consequences” – Camila Cabello

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

  • “You’re Still The One” – Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

  • BTSArmy – BTS

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Delicate” – Taylor Swift

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

  • Agnez Mo

Cutest Musician’s Pet: *Socially Voted Category

  • Gracie – Lauren Jauregui

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category 

  • Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category 

  • “I’ll Never Love Again” – Lady Gaga

Favorite Tour Photographer: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category    

  • Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)

For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Executive Producers for the iHeartRadio Music Awards are Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet and John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia.

Proud partners of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards include “Five Feet Apart” in theaters March 15, Norwegian Cruise Line, L’Oréal Paris, Taco Bell®, TikTok and Total Wireless.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards: Cardi B is the top nominee; Drake also gets several nods

January 9, 2019

With 13 nominations, including several as a featured artist, Cardi B is the top contender for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. In a distant second place is Drake, with nine nominations.

The following is a press release from iHeartMedia and Fox:

iHeartMedia and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) announced today the nominees for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards airing Thursday, March 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event also will be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service.

Now in its sixth year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards is a star-studded event celebrating the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2018, while also offering a preview of the upcoming hits of 2019. The 2019 telecast will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations in multiple categories. Since the Awards’ inception in 2013, the show has included live performances and appearances by such superstar artists as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Blake Shelton, Pharrell, Pitbull, Justin Bieber and many others.

“It’s no secret why this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards nominees are a Who’s Who of music,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises. “These are the artists and the songs iHeartRadio listeners couldn’t get enough of this past year. It’s going to be an unforgettable show.”

Artists receiving multiple nominations include Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons. All nominees are listed below. For a full list of categories, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

“Millions of music’s biggest fans have once again made their voices heard and, of course, we listened,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “What makes our iHeartRadio Music Awards categories so special is that they truly reflect the artists, songs and moments that have defined this past year in entertainment. We can’t wait to see who wins.”

In addition to being a compelling celebration of music and artists, the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell, Best Lyrics,Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Best Solo Breakout, Cutest Musician’s Pet and the first-ever Song That Left Us Shook and Favorite Tour Photographer awards.

Social voting begins today, January 9, and will close on March 7. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Ranking as one of the most talked-about television events in social media this past year, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards garnered more than 216 billion social media impressions in the U.S. alone. It also proved its strength on individual platforms, such as Twitter, where the official hashtag of the evening, #iHeartAwards2018, trended #1 on Twitter worldwide and in the U.S. in more than 30 cities.

Among the many winners of the 2018 Awards were Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for Song of the Year, Taylor Swift for Female Artist of the Year, Ed Sheeran for Male Artist of the Year, Cardi B for Best New Artist, Maroon 5 for Best Duo/Group of the Year and U2 for Best Tour. Chance the Rapper received the most prestigious award of the evening – the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award – for his groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry and his unsurpassable contributions to social causes. In addition, L’Oréal Paris and iHeartRadio presented Camila Cabello with the first-ever Fangirls Award, which recognizes a female artist who has pushed boundaries with her music and message, while inspiring fans around the globe. And Bon Jovi received the first-ever iHeartRadio Icon Award for their global impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force with a loyal fan base worldwide.

This year’s awards will feature a broad array of categories, including Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Best Duo/Group of the Year and individual winners for Album of the Year in music’s biggest genres, including Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Rock, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin and Regional Mexican formats. For the third year, the 2019 Best New Artist awards will be grouped by music format, and format winners will then become finalists for the top title of Best New Artist. Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:

Song of the Year
“Better Now” – Post Malone
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Female Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Halsey

Male Artist of the Year
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

Best Duo/Group of the Year
5 Seconds Of Summer
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco
twenty one pilots

Best Collaboration
“Finesse (Remix)” Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“I Like It” – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
“Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Best New Pop Artist
Bazzi
Lauv
Marshmello
MAX
NF

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
“Africa” – Weezer
“Broken” – lovelytheband
“Happier” – Marshmello featuring Bastille
“High Hopes” – Panic! At the Disco
“Natural” – Imagine Dragons

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
Imagine Dragons
lovelytheband
Panic! At The Disco
Portugal. The Man
Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist
AJR
Badflower
Billie Eilish
lovelytheband
Two Feet

Rock Song of the Year
“Are You Ready” – Disturbed
“Bulletproof” – Godsmack
“Devil” – Shinedown
“Safari Song” – Greta Van Fleet
“Zombie” – Bad Wolves

Rock Artist of the Year
Five Finger Death Punch
Godsmack
Greta Van Fleet
Shinedown
Three Days Grace

Country Song of the Year
“Heaven” – Kane Brown
“Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
“Most People Are Good” – Luke Bryan
“Rich” – Maren Morris
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay

Country Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist
Carly Pearce
Dylan Scott
Jordan Davis
LANCO
Russell Dickerson

Dance Song of the Year
“Friends” – Marshmello and Anne-Marie
“Happier” – Marshmello featuring Bastille
“One Kiss” – Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
“Remind Me To Forget” – Kygo featuring Miguel
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

Dance Artist of the Year
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
The Chainsmokers
Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“I Like It” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
“In My Feelings” – Drake
“Nice For What” – Drake
“Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
BlocBoy JB
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Lil Pump
XXXTENTACION

R&B Song of the Year
“Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
“Medicine” – Queen Naija
“Sky Walker” – Miguel featuring Travis Scott
“When We” – Tank

R&B Artist of the Year
Daniel Caesar
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Miguel
SZA

Best New R&B Artist
Brent Faiyaz
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Queen Naija
TK Kravitz

Latin Song of the Year
“Clandestino” – Shakira featuring Maluma
“Dura” – Daddy Yankee
“Échame La Culpa” – Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
“Me Niego” – Reik featuring Ozuna and Wisin
“X” – Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Latin Artist of the Year
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Best New Latin Artist
Lele Pons
Manuel Turizo
Mau y Ricky
Nio Garcia
Raymix

Regional Mexican Song of the Year
“Entre Beso y Beso” – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
“Me Dejé Llevar” – Christian Nodal
“Mejor Me Alejo” – Banda MS
“Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú” – Calibre 50
“Mitad Y Mitad” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year
Banda Carnaval
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Christian Nodal
Gerardo Ortiz

Producer of the Year
David Garcia
Frank Dukes
Louis Bell
Marshmello
Noah “40” Shebib

Best Lyrics  (*Socially Voted Category)
“Consequences” – Camila Cabello
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
“Without Me” – Halsey

Best Cover Song (*Socially Voted Category)
“A Million Dreams” – P!nk and Willow Sage Hart
“Africa” – Weezer
“Crying in the Club” – Niall Horan
“Fast Car” – Khalid
“In My Blood” – Charlie Puth
“Lucid Dreams” – Halsey
“Me, Myself & I” – Zayn
“Natural Woman” – Ariana Grande
“Rewrite the Stars” – Anne-Marie and James Arthur
“You’re Still The One” – Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves
“Under Pressure” – Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger
“Your Song” – Lady Gaga

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell (*Socially Voted Category. Nominees to be announced at a later date.)

Best Music Video (*Socially Voted Category)
“Delicate” – Taylor Swift
“Dura” – Daddy Yankee
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B
“Freaky Friday” – Lil Dicky and Chris Brown
“Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
“God’s Plan” – Drake
“I Like It” – Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny
“One Kiss” – Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa
“Psycho” – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
“Taki Taki” – DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
“This Is America” – Childish Gambino

Social Star Award (*Socially Voted Category)
Agnez Mo
Bhad Bhabie
Dylan Minnette
Joji
Lele Pons
Loren Gray
Mason Ramsey
Queen Naija
Tana Mongeau
Trixie Mattel

Cutest Musician’s Pet (*Socially Voted Category)
Asia – Lady Gaga
Edgar – Brett Eldredge
Goodwin – Sabrina Carpenter
Gracie – Lauren Jauregui
Hatchi – Perrie Edwards
Mooshu – Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers
Piggy Smallz – Ariana Grande

Best Solo Breakout (*Socially Voted Category)
Ally Brooke
Dinah Jane
Lauren Jauregui
Normani
Tiffany Young

Song That Left Us Shook (New Category) (*Socially Voted Category)
“Here Comes The Change” – Kesha
“I’ll Never Love Again” – Lady Gaga
“One Day” – Logic featuring Ryan Tedder
“thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
“This Is America” – Childish Gambino
“Youth” – Shawn Mendes and Khalid

Favorite Tour Photographer (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
Andy DeLuca (5SOS)
Christian Tierney (Niall Horan)
Helene Pambrun (Harry Styles)
Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)
Pixie Levinson (Dua Lipa)
Rahul B (Camila Cabello)
Ravie B (Beyoncé)
Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)

Additional categories include Best Tour, Label of the Year, Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year and Most Thumbed Up Artist of the Year. For a full list of categories visit iHeartRadio.com/awards.

Tickets will be available at axs.com.

Proud partners of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards include Taco Bell® with more to be announced.

Executive Producers for the iHeartRadio Music Awards are Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet and John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz for iHeartMedia.

For breaking news and exclusive iHeartRadio Music Awards content, visit iHeartRadio.com/awards or follow the social buzz on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the #1 audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including 9-1-1, EMPIRE, THE ORVILLE, THE GIFTED, THE RESIDENT, LETHAL WEAPON, GOTHAM, STAR, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, BOB’S BURGERS, HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, BEAT SHAZAM, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK; as well as new series THE COOL KIDS, REL, LAST MAN STANDING, THE PASSAGE, PROVEN INNOCENT and THE MASKED SINGER. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports and Sunday morning news. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow. To watch primetime programming live on the web, visit www.fox.com/live. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.

About Microsoft Theater

Microsoft Theater hosts over 120 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions, conventions and product launches with over 500,000 guests passing through the doors annually. The 7,100-seat theater offers guests mid-sized intimacy, with no seat further from the stage than 220 feet. Microsoft Theater offers 12,000 square feet of VIP & hospitality areas, 10 dressing rooms and state-of-the-art technology, making it a favorite indoor venue for performers and fans alike. Since opening in October 2007 with six sold-out shows, featuring the Eagles and Dixie Chicks, Microsoft Theater has hosted concerts starring the most popular artists, including Alan Jackson, Katy Perry, Charlie Wilson, Juan Gabriel, Aretha Franklin, Ed Sheeran, John Fogerty, Gabriel Iglesias, Kanye West, Marc Anthony, Sesame Street Live, John Legend, The Avett Brothers, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Trey Songz, Kelly Clarkson, Rush, Yanni, Nicki Minaj, Juanes and Cat Stevens, as well as the “American Idol” finale shows, and the movie premieres for Michael Jackson’s “This is It,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight.” Microsoft Theater is home to the American Music Awards, ESPYs, Primetime Emmy Awards, BET Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, 2010, 2011 & 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, 2014 & 2015 MTV Movie Awards and the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Centrally located within L.A. LIVE, Microsoft Theater is a 4 million square foot / $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, featuring Microsoft Theater, a 7,100-seat live theater, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower), the GRAMMY Museum and the 14-screen Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theater, as well as broadcast facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space.

2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Drake leads with 11 nominations, Cardi B has 10 nods

September 12, 2018

The following is a press release from BET:

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will return to The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater for the second consecutive year on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:00PM ET/PT.

Grammy Award winning, Multi-Platinum artist, Drake leads this year’s nominations with an impressive 11 nods. Following the impressive release of Scorpion, Drake’s 11 nods includes Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Sweet 16, Album of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Best Collabo and two nods for the Best Hip-Hop Video and Single of the Year categories.   Cardi B, 2017 Best New Hip-Hop Artist winner, follows closely with an astonishing 10 nominations.  With her first official album release “Invasion of Privacy,” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper snags 10 nods including Best Hip-Hop Video, Album of the Year, MVP of the Year, Single of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Made-You-Look Award, Hustler of the Year, Best Collabo and two nods in the Sweet 16 category.

Childish Gambino snagged the third highest nominations with six nods including ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video and Single of The Year, all of which he will face off against top nominees Cardi B and Drake.  Additionally, he snags a nomination for this year’s Impact Track award for his first No. 1 hit, “This is America,” whose video also garnered director Hiro Murai, his first Video Director of the Year nomination.

Other top nominees for the 2018 awards include Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar, who both received five nods, Travis Scott’s nominations include Hot Ticket Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year and the Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style).  Kendrick Lamar’s nods include Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse and Best Hip Hop Video for the visuals for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna.

Additionally, Best New Hip-Hop Artist Award nominees include industry newcomers BlocBoy JB, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Rich The Kid, and XXXTentacion who posthumously receives the nomination.
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producer of the BET Hip Hop Awards along with Connie Orlando, BET Head of Programming and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay, Vice President of Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment.

See below for the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2018 Official Nominees:

Best Hip-Hop Video
Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna, “Loyalty”
Migos featuring Drake, “Walk It Talk It”

Hot Ticket Performer
Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Travis Scott

Album of the Year
Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”
Drake, “Scorpion”
J. Cole, “KOD”
Migos, “Culture II”
The Carters, “Everything Is Love”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Dave Meyers & The Little Homies
Director X
Eif Rivera
Hiro Murai
Karena Evans

Lyricist of the Year
Childish Gambino
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Travis Scott

MVP of the Year
Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake
J. Cole
Travis Scott

Producer of the Year
Ben Billions
DJ Esco
DJ Mustard
Metro Boomin
Pharrell Williams

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
21 Savage & Offset & Metro Boomin, “Ric Flair Drip”
BlocBoy JB featuring Drake, “Look Alive”
Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
The Carters, “Apes**t”

Single of the Year
“Apes**t” – Produced By Pharrell (Performed by The Carters)
“God’s Plan” – Produced By Cardo, Young Exclusive and Boi-1da (Performed by Drake)
“I Like It” – Produced By Craig Kallman, JWhiteDidIt and Tainy (Performed by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin)
“Nice For What” – Produced By Murda Beatz (Performed by Drake)
“This Is America” – Produced By Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson (Performed by Childish Gambino)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
BloBboy JB
Juice Wrld
Lil Baby
Rich The Kid
XXXTentacion

Best Mixtape
BlocBoy JB, “Simi”
Future, “Beast Mode 2”
Juicy J, “Shut Da F* Up”
Lil Wayne, “Dedication 6: Reloaded”
Zoey Dollaz, “Sorry Not Sorry”

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” (Cardi B featuring 21 Savage)
Cardi B – “Motorsport” (Migos featuring Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)
Drake – “Look Alive” (Blocboy JB featuring Drake)
Kendrick Lamar – “New Freezer” (Rich The Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Nicki Minaj – “Big Bank” (Yg featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Dej Loaf & Leon Bridges, “Liberated”
Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
Meek Mill featuring Miguel, “Stay Woke”
N.E.R.D featuring Future, ” 1,000″

DJ of the Year
Calvin Harris
DJ Envy
DJ Drama
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Cardi B
Migos
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App
ALLHIPHOP
Complex
Hot New Hip Hop
Worldstar
XXL

Hustler of the Year
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
Jay-Z
Kendrick Lamar
Travis Scott

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*Note: BET “Hip Hop Awards” is a private event and tickets are not available for purchase to the public. Talent tickets are reserved for BET “Hip Hop Awards” show talent and nominees.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS:

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT:

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment.  Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins was an executive producer of the hit TV series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, the critically-acclaimed The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017 and posted record ratings for the network and attracted nearly 30 million viewers.  He is also the executive producer of VH1 shows Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube.  He has appeared on the cover of Vibe magazine and has been featured in numerous publications including Ebony magazine.  JCE recently produced The Bobby Brown Story, which premiered on Sept. 4th & 5th on BET.

ABOUT BET “HIP HOP AWARDS”:

BET “Hip Hop Awards” is an annual celebration that pays homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the best in hip hop music.  Year after year, BET Networks delivers the best in hip-hop for an unforgettable night of performances, cyphers and tributes honoring hip-hop legends that have and continue to make hip-hop culture a global force.

September 19, 2018 UPDATE:

The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” has remained the biggest night in hip hop on television for over a decade with its powerful performances, iconic hip hop honorees and much-anticipated cyphers. Comedian, actor and host of VH1’s “Hip Hop Squares,” Deray Davis – a bonafide fan favorite will rock the mic as host of the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2018 in Miami, FL.

The “I Am Hip Hop” Award returns to honor self-proclaimed “greatest rapper alive,” and New Orleans’ own Lil Wayne. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide and garnered five Grammy awards, Lil Wayne is one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in hip hop. Touted rap’s first rock star, he released his platinum solo debut, Tha Block Is Hot, in 1999 at the age of 17. He released the first installment of his legendary Tha Carter series in 2004 before releasing three others, including the landmark Tha Carter III in 2008, which is the last rap album to have sold one million physical copies in the first week. Lil Wayne was the first male solo artist to surpass Elvis Presley’s record for most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and his 138 Billboard Hot 100 appearances, currently ranks as the third most of any artist. His most recent studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was released in 2013 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Charts. Last year, Wayne released FWA (Free Weezy Album) exclusively on Tidal, where it was streamed a staggering ten million times within the first seven days alone. Lil Wayne is also a celebrated author who released his memoir “Gone Till November” in October of 2016 chronicling his experience in Rikers Island. Outside of his iconic music career, Lil Wayne has continued on as the CEO of his own Young Money Entertainment label (Drake, Nicki Minaj) which will release the much anticipated Tha Carter V later this year (in conjunction with Republic Records). Additionally, Lil Wayne is the CEO of Young Money APAA, a premiere full service sports agency.

From the Hood to Hollywood – nothing is off limits and no one is safe from the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards host DeRay Davis’ hilarious, sidesplitting anecdotes. He has continuously sold out venues both domestically and internationally.  His highly anticipated first-ever Netflix special “DeRay Davis: How to Act Black” smashed the cultural landscape on November 14, 2017 and was so popular it shut down the Netflix server. He can currently be seen on the FX series “Snowfall.”

 

 

2018 American Music Awards: Drake and Cardi B are the top nominees

September 12, 2018

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The following is a press release from Dick Clark Productions and ABC:

As the kick-off to this year’s highly anticipated “2018 American Music Awards,” chart-topping artists Kane Brown and Ella Mai, singer and American Music Award winner Normani and award winning singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha today announced the nominations LIVE from YouTube Space LA.  The event was livestreamed on the official American Music Awards YouTube channel (YouTube.com/TheAMAs) and included a panel discussion about the nominations with the presenting talent and Billboard correspondent Chelsea Briggs. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the “2018 American Music Awards” will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

Cardi B and Drake lead this year’s nominees, with eight possible wins for each. Ed Sheeran and Post Malone each earned six nominations. Camila Cabello, nominated five times this year, could win her first AMA as a solo artist.

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

The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, is where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene.  From Pop and Rock, to Country, Hip Hop and beyond, this year’s show will celebrate some of the best moments in music with appearances by today’s brightest stars and live performances from the biggest names in the industry.

American Music Awards 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
2018 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS TOP NOMINATED ARTISTS CHART FACTS:
  • Camila Cabello
    • Five-time American Music Award nominee Camila Cabello had quite the amazing year. Not only did her debut solo album Camila bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but it entered atop the chart the very same week that its massive lead single, “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Amazingly, it marked the first time a soloist topped both lists at the same with their first No. 1s on both charts since 2003. Cabello followed up “Havana” with a second hit from the album, “Never Be the Same,” which hit the top 10 in May. Both tracks also reached No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
  • Cardi B
    • First-time American Music Award nominee Cardi B made quite the impression in the past year. In October of 2017, her smash solo single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Cardi the first female rapper to top the list without the assistance of any other credited acts since 1998. Further, when Cardi hit No. 1 for a second time, in 2018, with “I Like It,” alongside Bad Bunny and J Balvin, she made history as the first female rapper with two Hot 100 No. 1s. Cardi’s debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, also set records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart earlier in 2018. It earned the biggest on-demand audio streaming week ever for a debut studio album in the U.S., and the largest ever for an album by a woman, according to Nielsen Music.
  • Drake
    • Five-time American Music Award winner Drake comes into the 2018 AMAs with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year. And, what a year Drake has had. He notched his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Scorpion, and set the all-time record for the largest on-demand audio streaming week ever for an album in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The same week Scorpion stung at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Drake set a new record for the most concurrently charting songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with seven. He beat the record previously held by The Beatles, set in 1964, when the Fab Four had five songs in the top 10 at the same time.
  • Khalid
    • Breakout R&B star Khalid comes into the 2018 American Music Awards with four nominations. He first started to make waves in mid-2016 courtesy of his single “Location,” which turned into a viral smash, ultimately reaching No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart. His debut album, American Teen, has spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart, and has yet to leave the top five of the list after more than 75 weeks on the tally. The set launched another hit in “Young Dumb & Broke,” which racked up a whopping 11 weeks atop the Hot R&B Songs chart. Khalid continued to keep busy in 2018, debuting eight songs on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the top 10 hit “Love Lies” with Khalid.
  • Post Malone
    • A six-time nominee at the 2018 AMAs, Post Malone has been untouchable in the last year, charting more than a dozen top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including his first two No. 1s: “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, and “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. His second album, beerbongs & bentleys, gave the artist his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, where it ruled for three weeks. Post Malone also made news in 2018 on the charts with his debut album, Stoney, broke a longevity record set by Michael Jackson. In August, Stoney spent its 77th week in the top 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, beating the record for the most weeks in the top 10 for an album that was previously held by Jackson’s Thriller, with 76 weeks in 1983 and 1984.
  • Bruno Mars
    • Eight-time American Music Award winner Bruno Mars has been a hits-making machine since his debut full-length album Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 2010. The current four-time nominee’s latest release, 24K Magic, continued his magic touch, as the album spent 40 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart and launched a quartet of hit singles. Among them were the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 smash “That’s What I Like,” the album’s title track, and his breakout collaboration with Cardi B, “Finesse.” The latter spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart and has earned more than a half-billion on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
  • Ed Sheeran
    • American Music Award winner, and current six-time nominee Ed Sheeran had a rather “Perfect” year. He kicked off 2018 with a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Perfect,” thanks to a little help from a remix of the track guest-starring Beyoncé. “Perfect” proved to be so popular, it remained on the chart for over a full year. It was the second No. 1 on the Hot 100 for Sheeran, and both tunes came from his blockbuster album ÷ (Divide). After 79 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, the former No. 1 album has yet to depart the weekly top 40 of the list. Sheeran has also been tireless on the road, with his ongoing ÷ World Tour. The trek is scheduled to end in March 2019 after playing more than 200 shows and visiting six continents.
  • Taylor Swift
    • Taylor Swift — a 19-time American Music Award winner and current four-time nominee — closed out 2017 in grand fashion with the arrival of her record-breaking album reputation. The set sold 1.22 million copies in its first week in the U.S., making Swift the only artist to achieve four million-selling weeks in Nielsen Music history. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking her fifth leader on the tally, and launched the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Look What You Made Me Do,” as well as the No. 1 Pop Songs single “Delicate.” Swift’s massive reputation Stadium Tour, in support of the album, broke Swift’s own record as the highest-grossing U.S. tour ever by a woman, according to Billboard Boxscore.

YouTube Music is the presenting sponsor of the “2018 American Music Awards.”

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.

Below, please find the full list of nominations for the 2018 American Music Awards:

“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 featuring Young Thug, “Havana”
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, “Finesse”
Bebe Rexha featuring 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 featuring 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 featuring 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 featuring 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 featuring 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”

For the latest American Music Awards news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the AMAs on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.

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Cheat tweet: @iamcardib and @Drake take the lead for the 2018 @AMAs with 8 nominations each! Check out the full list of nominees here: amas.news/Noms2018 #AMAs

Tickets are now on sale at www.axs.com.

About the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted award show, features performances from today’s hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the music genres of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, and the categories of Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Collaboration of the Year, Tour of The Year and Favorite Music Video. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists.  The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.comwww.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with over 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. dcp is a division of Valence Media, a diversified media company with divisions and strategic investments in premium television, wide release film, specialty film, live events and digital media. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

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To apply for media credentials to cover the “2018 American Music Awards” please go to here. Submissions for credentials will stay open until 6pm PT on Friday, September 21, 2018.

 

NOMINATIONS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (BY FIRST NAME):

21 Savage (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Ariana Grande (1): Favorite Social Artist

Bebe Rexha (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Song – Country

Beyoncé (1): Tour of the Year

“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” (1): Favorite Soundtrack

Bruno Mars (4): Collaboration of the Year; Tour of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

BTS (1): Favorite Social Artist

Camila Cabello (5): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

Cardi B (8): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B; Favorite Social Artist

Carrie Underwood (1): Favorite Female Artist – Country

Daddy Yankee (1): Favorite Artist – Latin

Dan + Shay (2): Favorite Duo or Group – Country; Favorite Song – Country

Demi Lovato (1): Favorite Social Artist

Drake (8): Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Dua Lipa (1): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card

Ed Sheeran (6): Artist of the Year; Tour of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Ella Mai (2): Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Florida Georgia Line (3): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Duo or Group – Country; Favorite Song – Country

Grey (1): Collaboration of the Year

Imagine Dragons (3): Artist of the Year; Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

JAY-Z (1): Tour of the Year

J Balvin (1): Favorite Artist – Latin

Kane Brown (3): Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country; Favorite Song – Country

Kelsea Ballerini (1): Favorite Female Artist – Country

Khalid (4): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

LANCO (1): Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Lauren Daigle (1): Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lil Uzi Vert (1): Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Luke Bryan (1): Favorite Male Artist – Country

Luke Combs (1): Favorite Album – Country

Maren Morris (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Female Artist – Country

Maroon 5 (1): Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

Marshmello (1): Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

MercyMe (1): Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Migos (1): Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

Ozuna (1): Favorite Artist – Latin

Panic! At The Disco (1): Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

P!NK (1): Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Portugal. The Man (1): Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Post Malone (6): Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Rihanna (1): Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

Shawn Mendes (2): Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary; Favorite Social Artist

SZA (2): Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Taylor Swift (4): Artist of the Year; Tour of the Year; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers (1): Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

“The Fate of the Furious: The Album” (1): Favorite Soundtrack

“The Greatest Showman” (1): Favorite Soundtrack

The Weeknd (1): Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Thomas Rhett (2): Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country

U2 (1): Tour of the Year

XXXTENTACION (2): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Young Thug (3): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

Zach Williams (1): Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Zedd (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

NOMINATIONS BY NUMERICAL ORDER:

Cardi B (8): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B; Favorite Social Artist

Drake (8): Artist of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Ed Sheeran (6): Artist of the Year; Tour of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Post Malone (6): Artist of the Year; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Camila Cabello (5): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

Bruno Mars (4): Collaboration of the Year; Tour of the Year; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Khalid (4): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Taylor Swift (4): Artist of the Year; Tour of the Year; Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock; Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Florida Georgia Line (3): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Duo or Group – Country; Favorite Song – Country

Imagine Dragons (3): Artist of the Year; Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock; Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Kane Brown (3): Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country; Favorite Song – Country

Young Thug (3): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Music Video; Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

21 Savage (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Bebe Rexha (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Song – Country

Dan + Shay (2): Favorite Duo or Group – Country; Favorite Song – Country

Ella Mai (2): Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Maren Morris (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Female Artist – Country

Shawn Mendes (2): Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary; Favorite Social Artist

SZA (2): Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Thomas Rhett (2): Favorite Male Artist – Country; Favorite Album – Country

XXXTENTACION (2): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Zedd (2): Collaboration of the Year; Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Ariana Grande (1): Favorite Social Artist

Beyoncé (1): Tour of the Year

“Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” (1): Favorite Soundtrack

BTS (1): Favorite Social Artist

Carrie Underwood (1): Favorite Female Artist – Country

Daddy Yankee (1): Favorite Artist – Latin

Demi Lovato (1): Favorite Social Artist

Dua Lipa (1): New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card

Grey (1): Collaboration of the Year

JAY-Z (1): Tour of the Year

J Balvin (1): Favorite Artist – Latin

Kelsea Ballerini (1): Favorite Female Artist – Country

LANCO (1): Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Lauren Daigle (1): Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Lil Uzi Vert (1): Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Luke Bryan (1): Favorite Male Artist – Country

Luke Combs (1): Favorite Album – Country

Maroon 5 (1): Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

Marshmello (1): Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

MercyMe (1): Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

Migos (1): Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

Ozuna (1): Favorite Artist – Latin

Panic! At The Disco (1): Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

P!NK (1): Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Portugal. The Man (1): Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Rihanna (1): Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B

The Chainsmokers (1): Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

“The Fate of the Furious: The Album” (1): Favorite Soundtrack

“The Greatest Showman” (1): Favorite Soundtrack

The Weeknd (1): Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

U2 (1): Tour of the Year

Zach Williams (1): Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational

2018 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE STATISTICS

  • 2018 NOMINATIONS FAST FACTS
  • ALL-TIME RECORD HOLDERS BY CATEGORY
  • TOP 10 AMA WINNERS OF ALL TIME (1974–2017)
  • NOMINATIONS IN NUMERICAL ORDER
  • NOMINATIONS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

2018 NOMINATIONS FAST FACTS: “TAYLOR SWIFT COULD SURPASS WHITNEY HOUSTON’S RECORD FOR MOST AMA WINS BY A FEMALE ARTIST IF SHE TAKES HOME THE AWARD FOR 3 OUT OF THE 4 CATEGORIES SHE IS NOMINATED IN THIS YEAR”

  • Whitney Houston currently holds the record for most AMA wins by a female artist with 21 total wins, while Taylor Swift is right behind her with 19 wins. Should Taylor Swift take home just 3 of the 4 awards she is nominated for, she will surpass Whitney Houston as the record holder for most AMA wins by a female artist with 22 AMA wins.
“TAYLOR SWIFT COULD BREAK HER OWN RECORD FOR THE MOST WINS IN THE ARTIST OF THE YEAR CATEGORY IF SHE TAKES HOME THE BIGGEST AWARD OF THE NIGHT FOR A FOURTH TIME”
  • Taylor Swift is the current record holder for most wins in the Artist of the Year category with 3 wins (2009, 2011 and 2013). Should she take home the award again this year, she will break her own record and remain the titleholder in this category.
“FIRST-TIME AMA NOMINEE CARDI B IS THE MOST NOMINATED FEMALE ARTIST THIS YEAR WITH 8 NOMINATIONS”
  • Cardi B is not only a first-time AMA nominee, but is also the most nominated female artist this year with 8 total nominations in the following categories: New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Collaboration of the Year, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop, Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop, Favorite Song – Soul/R&B, Favorite Social Artist.
“WITH 19 TOTAL WINS AND 4 NOMINATIONS THIS YEAR, TAYLOR SWIFT COULD TIE THE RECORD (WITH ALABAMA – 23 WINS) FOR 2ND MOST AMA WINS OF ALL TIME; THE CURRENT RECORD HOLDER IS MICHAEL JACKSON WITH 24 WINS”
  • Michael Jackson is the current record holder for most AMA wins ever with 24 total wins, while Alabama is second with 23 wins. Should Taylor Swift take home all 4 of the awards she is nominated for, she will tie with Alabama.
“CAMILA CABELLO, NOMINATED 5 TIMES THIS YEAR, COULD WIN HER FIRST AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD AS A SOLO ARTIST”
  • Camila Cabello is nominated for New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Collaboration of the Year, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock , and could take home her first award as a solo artist.
“FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, DRAKE & ED SHEERAN GO HEAD TO HEAD IN TWO CATEGORIES, ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK”
  • Ed Sheeran was nominated for Artist of the Year in 2015 and 2017, and Drake has been nominated three times before in 2012, 2016 and 2017. They will face off again this year, for the second consecutive year in two categories: Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock.

ALL-TIME RECORD HOLDERS BY CATEGORY:ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Taylor Swift is the current record holder for most wins in the Artist of the Year category with 3 wins.  It will be the first win in this category for nominees Ed Sheeran, Imagine DragonsDrake and Post Malone, should they take home the award this year.  Ed Sheeran was nominated for Artist of the Year in 2015 and 2017, and Drake was nominated three times before in 2012, 2016 and 2017.
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
  • This year Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug are nominated for their hit collaboration “Havana”, alongside Post Malone & 21 Savage “Rockstar”, Bruno Mars & Cardi B“Finesse”, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”, and ZeddMaren Morris & Grey “The Middle”. Last year, Justin Bieber captured the title of most wins in this category when he took home the award for the international hit on which he’s featured, “Despacito.” He also won in 2015 for his “Where Are Ü Now” collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.
TOUR OF THE YEAR
  • Introduced in 2016, Beyoncé was the first to win this award, followed by Coldplaytaking home the trophy in 2017. This year, Beyoncé could win this award for the second time for her tour, OTR II, with husband JAY-Z.
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
  • Lionel Richie holds the record for most wins (6) in the Favorite Music Video (previously known as Video of the Year) category.  Camila Cabello & Young Thug,Cardi B and Drake are up for the award this year.
FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
  • For the first year ever, the AMAs will be presenting the award for Favorite Social Artist. The nominees include Ariana GrandeBTS, Cardi B, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes.
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
  • Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Barry ManilowEric Clapton and Michael Bolton are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock category with 3 wins each.  This could be Ed Sheeran’s second win in this category, and Drake and Post Malone’s first win should they take home the award this year.
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
  • Whitney Houston and Olivia Newton John are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock category with 4 wins each.  This will be Taylor Swift’s third win in this category should she take home the award. First-time AMA nominees Camila Cabello and Cardi B are nominated for the first time in this category.
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
  • One DirectionAerosmith and Black Eyed Peas lead with 3 wins each in the Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock category.  If Maroon 5 win this year, it will be their third award in this category, making it a four-way tie. Should Imagine Dragons win, it will be their second award in this category, and Migos’ first ever AMA win.
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
  • Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock category with 3 wins each. This year, DrakeEd Sheeran and Taylor Swift are nominated in this category. This would be Taylor Swift’s second win in this category should she win this year.
FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
  • Whitney HoustonBoyz II Men and Lionel Richie are tied for the most wins in this category with 2 each. This will be Camila Cabello (“Havana”), Drake (“God’s Plan”) and Ed Sheeran’s (“Perfect”) first win in this category.
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
  • Garth Brooks is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Male Artist – Country category with 8 wins. This would be Luke Bryan’s fifth time taking home the award in this category should he win. This would be the first win for Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown.
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
  • Reba McEntire is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Female Artist – Country category with 11 wins. With 5 wins in this category under her belt, Carrie Underwood could win her sixth award. Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris could win their first AMA ever this year if they win in this category.
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
  • Alabama is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Duo or Group – Country category with 17 wins.  Florida Georgia Line could win for a fourth time in this category, and Dan + Shay or LANCO could win their first, should they take home the award this year.
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
  • Kenny Rogers and Carrie Underwood are tied for most wins in the Favorite Album – Country category with 5 wins each. This year could mark Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett’s first ever win in this category.
FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
  • Kenny Rogers leads in this category with 5 all-time wins.  Nominees Kane BrownDan + Shay or Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line could take home their first win ever in this category.
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
  • Nicki MinajM.C. Hammer and Eminem are the current record holders for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop category with 3 wins each. Drake could tie with them if he wins the category this year. Fellow 2018 nominees include Cardi Band Post Malone.
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
  • Nicki Minaj is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop category with 3 wins.  This will be Drake’s second win and Lil Uzi Vert’s and Post Malone’s first win in this category should they take home the award at the “2018 American Music Awards.”
FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
  • Drake received the first ever win in this category when it was introduced in 2016 for his hit, “Hotline Bling,”. He is currently tied for most wins in this category with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne for their song, “I’m The One”. Drake could become the record holder in this category with 2 wins should he take home the trophy this year for his song “God’s Plan.” Fellow 2018 nominees include Cardi B (“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”) and Post Malone (“Rockstar” feat. 21 Savage).
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
  • Luther Vandross is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B category with 7 wins.  The Weeknd and Bruno Mars could win their second award in this category this year, while it would be Khalid’s first.
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
  • Rihanna is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B category with 6, and could make it 7 if she takes home the trophy this year.  Newcomers SZA and Ella Mai could win their first AMA ever should they win this category.
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
  • Michael Jackson leads the Favorite Album – Soul/R&B category with 4 all-time wins.  This year’s newcomers, Khalid, SZA and XXXTENTACION are all first-time nominees in this category.
FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
  • Michael Jackson holds the record for most wins (3) in this category.  2018 nominees Khalid (“Young, Dumb & Broke”) and Bruno Mars & Cardi B (“Finesse”) are nominated again in this category for the second year in a row, while newcomer Ella Mai (“Boo’d Up”) is a first-time nominee in this category.
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
  • Linkin Park is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock category with 6 wins. Fellow nominees Imagine Dragons could win their third award in this category, and Panic! At The Disco could win their first AMA ever should they take home the award this year.
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
  • Celine Dion holds the record for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary category with 4 wins. Nominee Shawn Mendes could win his second AMA in this category should he take home the award this year, and it would be P!NK’s first AMA win ever.
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
  • Enrique Iglesias is the current record holder for the Favorite Artist – Latin category with 8 wins. Daddy Yankee could win his third AMA should he win this category, and Ozuna and J Balvin could win their first ever AMA.
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
  • Casting Crowns is the current record holder for most wins in the Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational category with 4 wins. Other nominees in this category – MercyMe could win their third AMA, Lauren Daigle could win her second AMA, and Zach Williams could win his first AMA ever this year.
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
  • Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers are tied for the most wins in the Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM) category with 2 wins each.  Should The Chainsmokers win this year, they will surpass Calvin Harris for most wins ever in this category.  The duo won in this category two consecutive years (2016 and 2017). This would be Zedd’s first ever AMA win should he take home the trophy in this category.
FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
  • Whitney Houston won 3 awards for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack in 1994 in the Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B categories. This year, “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By,” “The Greatest Showman” and “The Fate of the Furious: The Album” are up for the award.

TOP 10 AMA WINNERS OF ALL TIME (1974–2017):1. Michael Jackson – 24 wins total, the most AMA wins of any artist in history; Leads the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock category with 3 wins; Leads the Favorite Album – Soul/R&B category with 4 wins; Leads the Favorite Single – Soul/R&B category with 3 wins; Won Artist of the Century in 2002

2. Alabama – 23 wins total; Leads the Favorite Duo or Group – Country category with 17 wins, 14 of which are consecutive from 1983-1996

3. Whitney Houston – 21 wins total, the most AMA wins of any female artist in history

4. Taylor Swift – 19 wins total; Leads the Artist of the Year category with 3 wins; Won Dick Clark Award for Excellence in 2014

Kenny Rogers – 19 wins total; Leads the Favorite Album – Country category with 5 wins and the Favorite Single – Country category, also with 5 wins

5. Garth Brooks – 17 wins total; Leads the Favorite Male Artist – Country category with 8 wins, 6 of which are consecutive from 1992-1997; Won Artist of the Decade in 2000

6. Reba McEntire – 15 wins total; Leads the Favorite Female Artist – Country category with 11 wins, 9 of which are consecutive from 1988-1996; Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie and Justin Bieber tie as record holders with 15 wins each

Lionel Richie – 15 wins total; Lionel Richie, Reba McEntire and Justin Bieber tie as record holders with 15 wins each

Justin Bieber – 15 wins total; 3 wins for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock (2010, 2012, 2016); Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie tie as record holders with 15 wins each

7. Rihanna – 12 wins total; Won the Icon Award in 2013; Leads the Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B category with 6 wins

Willie Nelson – 12 wins total; Won the Award of Appreciation: Farm-Aid in 1986 and Award of Merit in 1989
Carrie Underwood – 12 wins total; 5 wins for Favorite Female Artist – Country (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

8. Janet Jackson – 11 wins total; Won the Award of Merit in 2001; Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Tim McGraw tie as record holders with 11 wins each

Stevie Wonder – 11 wins total; Won the Award of Merit in 1982; Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Tim McGraw tie as record holders with 11 wins each

Tim McGraw – 11 wins total; 6 wins for Favorite Male Artist – Country (2001, 2002, 2003 (x2), 2005, 2007); Tim McGraw, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder tie as record holders with 11 wins each

9. Mariah Carey – 10 wins total; Received an Award of Achievement in 2000, and one in 2008 for becoming the solo artist with the most number one hits of all time

Randy Travis – 10 wins total; Won Favorite Male Artist – Country three years in a row (1988, 1989, 1990)

10. Olivia Newton-John – 9 wins total; Shares the record for most wins (4) in the Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock category with Whitney Houston
Luther Vandross – 9 wins total; Leads the Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B category   with 7 wins

Boyz II Men – 9 wins total; 4 wins for Favorite Duo or Group – Soul/R&B (1993, 1995, 1996, 1998)

2017 Billboard Music Awards: Drake wins a record 13 prizes

May 21, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017

 

Drake at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Drake at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 21, 2017. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images via ABC)

With 13 prizes (including Top Artist), hip-hop artist Drake was the top winner at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, which took place May 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ABC had the U.S. telecast at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time. Drake now holds the record for the most Billboard Music Awards won in a single year. (Adele was the previous record holder, with 12 Billboard Music Awards.) Drake and the Chainsmokers went into the ceremony with 22 nominations each. The Chainsmokers ended up winning four Billboard Music Awards. Other multiple winners included Twenty-One Pilots and Beyoncé, whowon five awards each. Wizkid and Kyla received three awards each. Desiigner,  Juan Gabriel and Kenny Chesney won two awards each.

According to a press release, the Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017. The Billboard Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions.

Rapper/actorLudacris and actress/singer Vanessa Hudgens hosted the show. Presenters included Kate Beckinsale, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mark Cuban, Noah Cyrus, Alexandra Daddario, DJ Khaled, Josh Duhamel, Ansel Elgort, Sara Foster, G-Eazy, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Prince Michael Jackson, Rachel Lindsay, Lea Michele, Olivia Munn, Rita Ora, Logan Paul, Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Nicole Scherzinger, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Jussie Smollett, Hailee Steinfeld, Lindsey Stirling, and Ashley Tisdale.

Performers included Camila Cabello, the Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus, jason Derulo, Celine Dion, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, David Guetta Halsey, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, lil Wayne, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Julia Michaels, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and 2017 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award recipient Cher.

During her acceptance speech, Cher thanked several people. particularly her mother: “When I was young, my mom said, ‘You’re not going to be the smartest, you’re not going to be the prettiest, you’re not going to be the most talent, but you’re going to be special.”

Here is an excerpt from a Billboard Music Awards press release:

The show was filled with iconic moments, with performances and celebrations for every generation. Fresh artists like Julia Michaels and Camila Cabello won over fans with performances of their new singles, as did the legends. Giving her first award show performance in 15 years, Cher had the audience on their feet, delivering electrifying renditions of her classic hits “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.”  She graciously accepted the ICON Award, presented to her by Gwen Stefani, and gave a powerful speech about her unparalleled career and how she has been able to live out her childhood dream for the past fifty-three years. Cher told the audience, “I have wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old, and I’ve been doing this for 53 years.” Last year’s ICON Award recipient, Celine Dion, sparkled beneath an elaborate chandelier, belting out her hit single “My Heart Will Go On,” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Titanic.

Making a very special appearance, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Biggie’s son, Christopher Wallace, on what would have been the 45th birthday of Notorious B.I.G., introduced a clip of the 1997 Billboard Music Awards when Diddy presented Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, with the “Best R&B Album” trophy won by her late son. Following the clip, Diddy unveiled a never-before-seen trailer for his new Apple Music documentary “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story.”

Nicki Minaj, having recently just broken Aretha Franklin’s record for female artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 Hits, opened the show with an explosive 10-minute performance and was joined on stage by Lil Wayne, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo as she performed a medley of “No Frauds,” “Light My Body Up,” Swalla,” and “Regret In Your Tears.”  Later in the evening, against a peaceful ocean background, Miley Cyrus performed her popular new single “Malibu” for the first time to a worldwide television audience.

Perhaps the most unique performance came from the evening’s biggest winner, Drake, who performed live from the middle of the Bellagio fountains, surrounded by the world-famous water displays and equally powerful pyrotechnics.  Audiences in the arena, and on the Vegas strip, were mesmerized as he navigated the scene while rapping “Gyalchester” off his new album “More Life.”

Lorde’s intimate rendition of “Green Light” had the crowd dancing and singing along, while Halsey’s “Now or Never” performance was filled with both flower and fire power.  Ed Sheeran delivered a heartfelt rendition of his new song “Castle on the Hill” from a sold-out performance in Santiago, Chile.

Imagine Dragons delivered touching remarks in memory of the late Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman Chris Cornell, before giving a powerful performance of their new song, “Believer.”  Fellow rock artists, and multi-nominees, The Chainsmokers also took to the stage to perform their hit “Young.”

Country music was also well represented throughout the evening, with Sam Hunt giving a stunning performance of “Body Like a Back Road” and Florida Georgia Line being joined by John Legend for a unique melding of their songs “Surefire” and “H.O.L.Y.”

The final performance of the evening came from Bruno Mars, who gave a sultry delivery of his single “Versace on the Floor” from the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

Here is the complete list of nominees and winners of the 2017 Billboard Music Awards:

Top Artist:
Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake***
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn***

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity (Fan Voted Category):
Luke Bryan
The Chainsmokers
Nicki Minaj
Twenty One Pilots***
The Weeknd

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake***
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:
Adele
Beyoncé***
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots***

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Beyoncé
Drake***
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake***
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake***
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots***

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Drake***
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted Category):
Justin Bieber
BTS***
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Justin Bieber
Beyoncé***
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé***
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour:
Beyoncé***
Lionel Richie
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
J. Cole
Desiigner
Drake***
Future
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour:
Drake***
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton***
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney***
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist:
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
Twenty One Pilots***
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay***
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel***
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Maluma
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers***
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle***
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Skillet
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Jekalyn Carr
Kirk Franklin***
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyoncé “Lemonade”
Drake “Views”***
Rihanna “Anti”
Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”
The Weeknd “Starboy”

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
“Hamilton: An American Musical”***
“Moana”
“Purple Rain”
“Suicide Squad: The Album”
“Trolls”

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé “Lemonade”***
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Frank Ocean “Blonde”
Rihanna “Anti”
The Weeknd “Starboy”

Top Rap Album:
J. Cole “4 Your Eyez Only”
Drake “Views”***
Kevin Gates “Islah”
DJ Khaled “Major Key”
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean “They Don’t Know”
Florida Georgia Line “Dig Your Roots”
Blake Shelton “If I’m Honest”
Chris Stapleton “Traveller”***
Keith Urban “Ripcord”

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers “Cleopatra”
Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”***
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Getaway”
Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”

Top Latin Album:
J Balvin “Energia”
CNCO “Primera Cita”
Juan Gabriel “Los Dúo 2”***
Juan Gabriel “Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes”
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho “Recuerden Mi Estilo”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers “Bouquet (EP)”
The Chainsmokers “Collage (EP)”
Flume “Skin”
Kygo “Cloud Nine”
Lindsey Stirling “Brave Enough”***

Top Christian Album:
Casting Crowns “The Very Next Thing”
Lauren Daigle “How Can It Be”***
Joey + Rory “Hymns”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Love Remains”
Skillet “Unleashed”

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann “One Way”***
Kirk Franklin “Losing My Religion”
Travis Greene “The Hill”
Tasha Cobbs “One Place: Live”
Hezekiah Walker “Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”***
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Selling Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”***
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”***

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”***
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Desiigner “Panda”***
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Collaboration:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”***
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”***
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”***
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner “Panda”***
Drake “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration:
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”***

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”***
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Little Big Town “Better Man”
Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”**
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song:
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”***
Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song:
Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin “Duele El Corazon”
Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer”***
Shakira Featuring Maluma “Chantaje”
Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”***
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MØ “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”

Top Christian Song:
Lauren Daigle “Trust In You”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Thy Will”***
Skillet “Feel Invincible”
Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal “Eye Of The Storm”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Song:
Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin “Wanna Be Happy?”
Travis Greene “Made A Way”***
Hezekiah Walker “Better”

2017 Billboard Music Awards Photo Highlights

Vanessa Hudgens Fashion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Co-host Vanessa Hudgens changed her outfits several times during the show. Here’s a roundup of her different looks.

2017 Billboard Music Awards: Drake and the Chainsmokers lead with record 22 nominations each

April 10, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017

 

With 22 nominations each, hip-hop artist Drake and electronic pop duo the Chainsmokers have tied for the record of having the most Billboard Music Award nominations in a single year.  Both acts are up for the Top Artist prize at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, which will take place May 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ABC will have the U.S. telecast at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Coming in second place in nominations are Twenty One Pilots, who received  17 nods. Rihanna is in third place, with 14 nominations, followed by Drake with 13 nominations. The complete list of nominations is at the end of this article.

According to a press release, the Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017.  The Billboard Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions. The host, performers and presenters for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards will be announced at later dates.

UPDATE: These are the performers announced so far, as of May 11, 2017: Camila Cabello, the Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and 2017 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award recipient Cher.

THE 2017 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Top Artist:
Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity (Fan Voted Category – Voting Opens 5/1):
Luke Bryan
The Chainsmokers
Nicki Minaj
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:
Adele
Beyoncé
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Beyoncé
Drake
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted Category – Voting Opens 5/1):
Justin Bieber
BTS
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Justin Bieber
Beyoncé
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé
Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Rihanna
The Weeknd

Top R&B Tour:
Beyoncé
Lionel Richie
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:
J. Cole
Desiigner
Drake
Future
Rae Sremmurd

Top Rap Tour:
Drake
Future
Kanye West

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Rock Artist:
Coldplay
The Lumineers
Metallica
Twenty One Pilots
X Ambassadors

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Maluma
Nicky Jam

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Major Lazer
DJ Snake
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle
Hillsong Worship
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Skillet
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Jekalyn Carr
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyoncé “Lemonade”
Drake “Views”
Rihanna “Anti”
Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”
The Weeknd “Starboy”

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album:
“Hamilton: An American Musical”
“Moana”
“Purple Rain”
“Suicide Squad: The Album”
“Trolls”

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé “Lemonade”
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Frank Ocean “Blonde”
Rihanna “Anti”
The Weeknd “Starboy”

Top Rap Album:
J. Cole “4 Your Eyez Only”
Drake “Views”
Kevin Gates “Islah”
DJ Khaled “Major Key”
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean “They Don’t Know”
Florida Georgia Line “Dig Your Roots”
Blake Shelton “If I’m Honest”
Chris Stapleton “Traveller”
Keith Urban “Ripcord”

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers “Cleopatra”
Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Getaway”
Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”

Top Latin Album:
J Balvin “Energia”
CNCO “Primera Cita”
Juan Gabriel “Los Dúo 2”
Juan Gabriel “Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes”
Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho “Recuerden Mi Estilo”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
The Chainsmokers “Bouquet (EP)”
The Chainsmokers “Collage (EP)”
Flume “Skin”
Kygo “Cloud Nine”
Lindsey Stirling “Brave Enough”

Top Christian Album:
Casting Crowns “The Very Next Thing”
Lauren Daigle “How Can It Be”
Joey + Rory “Hymns”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Love Remains”
Skillet “Unleashed”

Top Gospel Album:
Tamela Mann “One Way”
Kirk Franklin “Losing My Religion”
Travis Greene “The Hill”
Tasha Cobbs “One Place: Live”
Hezekiah Walker “Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Selling Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
Desiigner “Panda”
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Top Collaboration:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Song:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
Rihanna “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration:
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake “Come And See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Rap Song:
Desiigner “Panda”
Drake “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration:
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerrr  & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Little Big Town “Better Man”
Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!NK “Setting The World On Fire”
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Rock Song:
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors “Sucker For Pain”
Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”
Twenty One Pilots “Ride”
Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”
X Ambassadors “Unsteady”

Top Latin Song:
Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin “Duele El Corazon”
Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer”
Shakira Featuring Maluma “Chantaje”
Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey “Closer”
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”
Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MØ “Cold Water”
DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”

Top Christian Song:
Lauren Daigle “Trust In You”
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family “Thy Will”
Skillet “Feel Invincible”
Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal “Eye Of The Storm”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Song:
Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin “Wanna Be Happy?”
Travis Greene “Made A Way”
Hezekiah Walker “Better”