Cardi B, Drake lead American Music nominations, Kanye West snubbed

Cardi B, Drake lead American Music nominations, Kanye West snubbed

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

Rapper Drake arrives on the red carpet for the film”The Carter Effect” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), in Toronto, Canada, September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Late musician XXXTentacion, 20, who had been shot dead in an apparent robbery in Florida in June, earned two nods, including best new artist and best soul/R&B album for his debut release “17. ”

The fan-voted American Music Award nominations also contained five nods for Cuban-born singer Camila Cabello, including new artist and best female performer, four for Bruno Mars, and six for hip-hop celebrity Post Malone.

Boy band BTS became the first Korean group to be nominated for an American Music Award and will compete at the favorite social artist category.

Beyonce and Ariana Grande earned only one each, for excursion of this year with husband Jay-Z and social artist respectively. Rihanna got one nomination, for best female soul/R&B artist.

Kanye West, who published his chart-topping album “Ye” in June after catching headlines for an erratic Twitter storm, was empty-handed.

In the artist of the year category, Drake will compete with Taylor Swift, Post Malone, rock group Picture Dragons, and British singer-songwriter Sheeran.

Singer Cardi B attends the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons introduced by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy honoring Shawn”JAY-Z” Carter in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 27, 2018.

New York rapper Cardi B, that has had a breakout year with hits like “Bodak Yellow,” and “Finesse” with Bruno Mars, will compete for best new artist as well as best female artist in both the pop and rap categories.

“Perfect” singer Sheeran and Post Malone got six nominations apiece while Swift got four, including best tour and pop album for “Reputation. ”

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

Reporting from Jill Serjeant; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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