The American Music Awards have announced their 2015 nominations, and they include a big comeback for Taylor Swift, who was completely snubbed last year after winning Artist of the Year in 2013. This year she’s not only back in that top category, she also leads with six nominations overall, also including Song of the Year (“Blank Space“) and Pop/Rock Album (“1989“). (Click here for the complete list of nominations.)
Rounding out the field of 10 Artist of the Year nominees are Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. Those nominees will be narrowed down to five on November 11 based on fan votes, and the ultimate winner will be crowned on November 22 in a ceremony to be broadcast live on ABC.
Joining Swift, Sheeran and Weeknd in the Song of the Year lineup are “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Those two songs spent a combined 26 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 2015. Both rank among the longest-running number-one hits in Billboard history.
Mostly missing from the lineup is Justin Bieber, who released two hit singles this year (“Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo, and his own chart-topper “What Do You Mean“). To date he has won seven American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year twice (2010, 2012), but this year he only contends for Collaboration of the Year for “Where Are U Now.”
Bieber’s upcoming fourth studio album, “Purpose,” is released on November 13, so perhaps he’ll find his way back into the AMAs’ good graces next year.
The winners of these awards are decided by fans voting online at the AMAs official website.
Photo: Taylor Swift at American Music Awards. Credit: Matt Baron/BEI/REX
Photo: Ed Sheeran. Credit: RMV/REX