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Cardi B, Drake lead American Music Award nominations, Kanye West snubbed, Entertainment News & Top Stories

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Rappers Cardi B and Drake led nominations on Wednesday (Sept 12) for the American Music Awards with eight apiece in a line-up that included Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran however snubbed Kanye West and made Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Rihanna also-rans.

Late musician XXXTentacion, 20, who was shot dead in an obvious theft in Florida in June, earned two nods, together with greatest new artist and greatest soul/R&B album for his debut release, 17.

The fan-voted American Music Award nominations additionally included 5 nods for Cuban-born singer Camila Cabello, together with new artist and greatest feminine artist, 4 for Bruno Mars, and 6 for hip-hop star Post Malone.

Boy band BTS turned the primary Korean group to be nominated for an American Music Award and can compete within the favorite social artist class.

Beyonce and Ariana Grande earned only one every, for tour of the 12 months with husband Jay-Z and social artist respectively. Rihanna acquired a single nomination, for greatest feminine soul/R&B artist.

Kanye West, who launched his chart-topping album, Ye, in June after grabbing headlines for an erratic Twitter storm, was empty-handed.

In the artist of the 12 months class, Drake will compete with Taylor Swift, Post Malone, rock band Imagine Dragons, and British singer-songwriter Sheeran.

New York rapper Cardi B, who has had a breakout 12 months with hits like Bodak Yellow, and Finesse with Bruno Mars, will compete for greatest new artist in addition to greatest feminine artist in each the pop and rap classes.

Perfect singer Sheeran and Post Malone earned six nominations apiece whereas Swift acquired 4, together with greatest tour and pop album for Reputation.

The American Music Award nominations are based mostly on streaming, album and digital tune gross sales, radio airplay, social exercise and touring between September 2017 and August 2018.

The winners are chosen by followers on-line and can be introduced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Oct eight.

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