American Music Awards nominations 2019: Full list led by Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Ariana Grande and more

Taylor Swift, Drake, Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Halsey led the way at the 2019 American Music Awards nominations with their bids for Artist of the Year. The contenders in all categories were announced on Thursday morning, October 24, exactly one month ahead of the November 24 telecast when the winners will be revealed. These prizes are awarded to the year’s most popular music as decided by fans across a wide variety of genres. Scroll down to see the complete list of contenders.

Swift holds the record for the most victories for Artist of the Year. She has prevailed four times out of five nominations (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2018). The only time she ever lost was in 2015 when the award went to the now-disbanded group One Direction. Can anyone stop her from repeating? Her nominations this year also include Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock) and Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) for “Lover.”

The only other nominee who has won the top prize before is Grande, who prevailed in 2016. The only other time she made the AMAs’ top five was in 2015 when she, like Swift, was bested by One Direction. So this is the first time Swift and Grande will go head-to-head without that interloping boy band in the mix.

Drake is nominated for the fourth time for Artist of the Year, but he has yet to win. He previously lost to Justin Bieber (2012), Bruno Mars (2017) and Swift (2018). However, Drake is between albums this year, and he has no songs nominated, so his only other AMA bids are Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) and Favorite Artist (Hip-Hop).

Post Malone is nominated for the second year in a row, and he’s also up for numerous other awards including Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock), Favorite Artist (Hip-Hop), Favorite Album (Hip-Hop) for “Hollywood’s Bleeding” and Favorite Collaboration (“Sunflower” with Swae Lee from the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack).

That leaves Halsey, the lone newcomer to the top category. Her hit “Without Me” is also in the running for Favorite Song (Pop/Rock) and Favorite Music Video.

Who else made the cut at the 2019 AMAs? Find out below.

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift
Post Malone
Ariana Grande

New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs
Billie Eilish
Ella Mai
Lil Nas X

Collaboration of the Year
“Happier” — Marshmello and Bastille
“Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
“Senorita” — Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“Sunflower” — Post Malone and Swae Lee

Tour of the Year
Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Elton John

Favorite Music Video
“Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish
“Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
“7 Rings” — Ariana Grande
“Without Me” — Halsey
“You Need to Calm Down” — Taylor Swift

Favorite Social Artist
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Shawn Mendes


Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock)
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock)
Post Malone

Favorite Duo or Group (Pop/Rock)
Jonas Brothers
Panic! at the Disco

Favorite Album (Pop/Rock)
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish
“Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande
“Lover” — Taylor Swift

Favorite Song (Pop/Rock)
“Without Me” — Halsey
“Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Sucker” — Jonas Brothers
“High Hopes” — Panic! At The Disco
“Sunflower” — Post Malone featuring Swae Lee


Favorite Female Artist (Country)
Carrie Underwood
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris

Favorite Male Artist (Country)
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Duo or Group (Country)
Dan and Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Favorite Album (Country)
“Cry Pretty” — Carrie Underwood
“Dan and Shay” — Dan and Shay
“Experiment” — Kane Brown

Favorite Song (Country)
“Beautiful Crazy” — Luke Combs
“God’s Country” — Blake Shelton
“Speechless” — Dan and Shay


Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop)
Cardi B
Post Malone

Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop)
“Astroworld” — Travis Scott
“Championships” — Meek Mill
“Hollywood’s Bleeding” — Post Malone

Favorite Song (Rap/Hip-Hop)
“Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
“Wow” — Post Malone
“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott


Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B)
Ella Mai

Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B)
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars

Favorite Album (Soul/R&B)
“Ella Mai” — Ella Mai
“Free Spirit” — Khalid
“Indigo” — Chris Brown

Favorite Song (Soul/R&B)
“Juice” — Lizzo
“Talk” — Khalid
“Trip” — Ella Mai


Favorite Artist (Adult Contemporary)
Maroon 5
Taylor Swift

Favorite Artist (Alternative Rock)
Billie Eilish
Imagine Dragons
Panic! at the Disco

Favorite Artist (Contemporary Inspirational)
For King and Country
Lauren Daigle

Favorite Artist (EDM)
The Chainsmokers

Favorite Artist (Latin)
Bad Bunny
J Balvin

Favorite Soundtrack
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
“A Star is Born”

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