The 2016 American Music Awards will crown a new winner for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group this year. After two victories by Maroon 5 (2011-2012) and then three in a row for boy band One Direction (2013-2015) there’s new blood in the category this year, though the frontrunner to win does include one familiar face: Joe Jonas, the lead singer of the dance-pop band DNCE. Check out our complete AMA racetrack odds and make your own predictions.
DNCE enjoy a narrow lead in our predictions with 6/5 odds. Jonas previously won an AMA for New Artist of the Year in 2008 as a member of the sibling trio the Jonas Brothers. Since that was that band’s only nomination Jonas is technically undefeated at the AMAs. Is he as popular with fan voters now as he was then? DNCE have one other chance at a win even if this one doesn’t work out: New Artist of the Year, which would give Jonas the unusual distinction of being the best newcomer twice.
Giving DNCE a run for their money are Twenty One Pilots, the rock duo who in the last two years have had number-one Billboard rock hits with “Stressed Out,” “Ride” and “Heathens.” They rank a close second with 5/2 odds., and they’re nominated in one other category: Favorite Alternative Rock Artist. They also picked up a bid for Artist of the Year, but when the top 10 contenders for that award were narrowed down to the final five, they didn’t make the cut.
Rounding out the category are the dance music duo The Chainsmokers, who have a solid chance of upsetting the frontrunners with 3/1 odds. They are, after all, the most nominated artists in this category with four bids. They’re also up for Collaboration of the Year (“Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya), Electronic Dance Music Artist and they face DNCE again for New Artist of the Year.
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