Bruno Mars leads music’s AMA nominations as female artists edged out

Bruno Mars performs
FILE PHOTO: Bruno Mars performs "Let's Go Crazy" during a tribute to the late singer Prince at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

October 13, 2017

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The men of pop and hip hop led the nominations for the American Music Awards (AMA) on Thursday, while female artists were left out of most categories.

Bruno Mars led with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, the top accolade of the night. He will face hip hop stars Drake and Kendrick Lamar, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and electro-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers – each of whom landed five nominations – for the coveted award.

The women of pop music failed to land nominations in categories such as Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Tour of the Year.

Pop star Halsey, one of the few female artists to land nominations for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the hit song “Closer,” tweeted on Thursday that she was “really disappointed” at the male-dominated nominees list.

“so many incredible female artists have released this year. hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them,” she said.

Halsey landed two nominations, in the favorite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year categories for “Closer,” but did not land any solo nominations despite having had a chart-topping album earlier this year.

Notable omissions include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey and Kesha, all of whom released new songs and albums this year, as well as Taylor Swift, who released a high-concept video in August for her single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

The AMA nominees are selected through measurements on fan interactions across Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com, which include figures from music sales, touring, streaming and radio airplay and social activity from Sept. 9, 2016 to Sept. 14, 2017, organizers said.  

The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by fans and will be announced at a live ceremony televised on ABC on Nov. 19.

Rihanna was the only other female artist to land two nods. She will compete with Lady Gaga and newcomer Alessia Cara for favorite female pop/rock artist, and she will face Beyonce and Kehlani in the favorite female soul/R&B category.

Newcomer Julia Michaels is up against singer James Arthur, former One Direction star Niall Horan, rapper Post Malone and hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd for the New Artist of the Year accolade.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Chris Reese)

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    Isn’t that Bwuno Moz?

  • Dagoth Bob

    Well Halsey, we’re real disappointed in the crap the female performers released in the last year. Worry less about legs and bust and more about music and all will even out.

  • Donald York

    I don’t listen to much of this new stuff, but i subscribe to Siriusxm for my granddaughters.I like Americana artists best.
    To each his own.

    • Ursus_Indomitus

      There really hasn’t been any decent music since the end of the New Wave.

  • NotFreeEnough

    They pushed so hard for equality by removing gender categories and they then complain when they realize they aren’t as talented as they thought. Just can’t win…

  • GBWO

    Love the horn section and the stuff that Bruno does. Great arranging and finally someone getting back to a groove and a real ensemble of musicians instead of machines. Kinda’ of a throw back to the old soul music days of the 60s and 70s before black music degenerated into the rap of today.

  • kilimanjaro

    I’ll stick with the Scorpions, Metallica, and Guns-N-Roses. $hitcan this pop crapola!

    • Ursus_Indomitus

      Mere children.

  • kilimanjaro

    WHO?

  • 808Americans

    Hawaii is proud of you Mr. Mars.

    God bless.

    • Widl Man

      Figures with all the liberal f’atrds in Hawaii, I guess they’d like a so-so performer like this idiot Mars is.

      • 808Americans

        Not a fan I take it? 😉

        To each their own 🙂

      • GBWO

        Every listened to his music, sounds like you never did.

        • Widl Man

          Don’t like it. Is htat enough for you to know I have. Do,go back under your Bruno Mars cover and listen in silence.

  • Ipickedaside

    How sexist of them.