In the 2016 American Music Awards race for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist, The Chainsmokers have twice as many nominations as their rivals — combined. But that’s not necessarily a guarantee that they’ll win. They’re out front, but it looks like they could be upset by a veteran. Check out our complete AMA racetrack odds and make your own predictions.
The Chainsmokers get leading 11/10 odds to win on their first ever nomination, and they’re up for three other awards: New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year (“Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya) and Pop/Rock Duo or Group. We’re not currently forecasting them to win those other prizes, so they may have to pin their hopes on this contest. But with the winners decided by fans voting online, it doesn’t hurt to have the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart: “Closer” with Halsey, which has spent a remarkable 12 weeks on top.
It seems like they’ll be tough to beat, but they’re up against the two-time defending champion, Calvin Harris, who is a close second with 2/1 odds. Harris doesn’t have any other AMA nominations this year, but just a few months ago he won twice at another fan-voted event: the MTV Video Music Awards, where he took Best Male Video (“This is What You Came For” with Rihanna) and Best Electronic Video (“How Deep is Your Love” with Disciples).
Rounding out the category are Major Lazer, who are underdogs with 9/2 odds. Like Harris they have no other nominations this year, but they’re also major hit-makers, well known for their songs “Lean On” (with DJ Snake and MO) and “Cold Water” (with Justin Bieber), both of which were number-one Billboard dance songs.
Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts as often as you like before winners are announced on Nov. 20. Just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the AMAs race in our music forum.