Bad Bunny leads American Music Award nominees with eight nods
It doesn’t look like American Music Awards season has been lacking in the nominations. The first wave of performers has been unveiled with pop diva Taylor Swift, rapper Kanye West, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, and country star Brad Paisley among the nominees. The list is rounded out with a couple of jazz icons, a British singer, and blues masters.
The nominees that have been revealed for the 19th annual awards show will be announced at a ceremony that will air live on CBS this March. Last year’s show saw Taylor Swift take home the top prize of four awards, including Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Country Artist, and Favorite Folk/Blues Artist.
Kanye West has been nominated for two awards, with the second coming for single “I Love It.” West will be competing with Ariana Grande, who nabbed six nods, including Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Country Artist, Favorite Pop Song, Favorite Country Song, and Favorite Gospel/Christian Artist.
Jason Isbell has been nominated for two categories: Album of the Year and Folk Album of the Year. The former receives a nod for his album, Old 97’s, while the latter category includes the album’s collaboration with The National’s lead vocalist, Chris Stapleton.
The biggest award in American Music Awards history goes to Taylor Swift for her unprecedented five wins, including Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album. The singer won two Grammys at the 58th annual ceremony, including Album of the Year for 1989, which also won her Female Artist of the Year accolade.
Country music star Brad Paisley was honored with a win for Favorite Male Country Performer. The Texas native won for his 2016 album, All My Friends. His nomination for Favorite Male Country Song comes four years after the win for “Old Time Fuss And Bother” with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Paisley also earned a nod for Favorite Country Singing duo.
On the jazz front, the 2017 American Music Awards were presented on Sunday with a nod for jazz vocalist Jennifer Holliday. The 2016 nominees