American Music Awards: Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj up for Artist of the Year

By Marilyn Malara
American Music Awards: Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj up for Artist of the Year
Singer Taylor Swift arrives on the red carpet for the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on August 30, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The American Music Awards nominations reveal Taylor Swift as a top contender with six total nominations this year.

Singers Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd both trail Swift for a shot at their first AMAs, taking second in the overall running with five nominations each. All three are up for Artist of the Year alongside country star Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, One Direction, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor.


Sam Hunt, Minaj, Smith, Trainor and band Walk the Moon each earned three nominations each for an award this year. Jason Aldean, Chris Brown, Luke Bryan, Drake and others trail with two each.

If crossover singer Swift wins in all the categories she is nominated for, she will reportedly become the most-honored female artist in American Music Award history. She was also nominated for collaboration of the year for "Bad Blood," and her album 1989 is up alongside Sheeran's X and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour.

Other nominations for collaboration of the year include Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth; Rihanna and Kaye West's "ForFiveSeconds," featuring Paul McCartney; Mark Ronson's "Uptwon Funk," featuring Bruno Mars; and Skrillex and Diplo's "Whare are Ü Now," featuring Justin Bieber.


Alongside The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face," Khalifa's "See You Again," and Ronson's "Uptown Funk," Swift's "Blank Space" and Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," all have been nominated for Song of the Year.

Fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists in all 23 categories not only online at, but also via social media by tagging their favorite artists in status updates and tweets and the hashtag #AMAs. The full list of nominees are listed below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan Ariana Grande Maroon 5 Nicki Minaj One Direction Ed Sheeran Sam Smith Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Fetty Wap Sam Hunt Tove Lo Walk the Moon The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth -- "See You Again" Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk!" Ed Sheeran -- "Thinking Out Loud" Taylor Swift -- "Blank Space" The Weeknd -- "Can't Feel My Face"

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth -- "See You Again" Rihanna, Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney -- "FourFiveSeconds" Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk" Skrillex, Diplo feat. Justin Bieber -- "Where Are Ü Now" Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar -- "Bad Blood"

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- POP/ROCK Nick Jonas Ed Sheeran Sam Smith

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST -- POP/ROCK Ariana Grande Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP -- POP/ROCK Maroon 5 One Direction Walk the Moon


FAVORITE ALBUM -- POP/ROCK Ed Sheeran -- X Sam Smith -- In the Lonely Hour Taylor Swift -- 1989

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST -- COUNTRY Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Sam Hunt

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST -- COUNTRY Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP -- COUNTRY Zac Brown Band Florida Georgia Line Little Big Town

FAVORITE ALBUM -- COUNTRY Jason Aldean -- Old Boots, New Dirt Florida Georgia Line -- Anything Goes Sam Hunt -- Montevallo

FAVORITE ARTIST -- RAP/HIP-HOP Drake Fetty Wap Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE ALBUM -- RAP/HIP-HOP J. Cole -- 2014 Forest Hills Drive Drake -- If You're Reading This It's Too Late Nicki Minaj -- The Pinkprint

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