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Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominations

Bruno Mars is the top nominee getting eight nods for the American Music Awards including the Artist of the Year.

Mars will face hip hop stars Drake and Kendrick Lamar, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and electro-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers for the coveted award—each of whom landed five nominations.

Meanwhile, notable female artists failed to land nominations in most categories including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey and Kesha with new song and album releases this year, and Taylor Swift, who released a high-concept video in August for her single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Pop star Halsey, one of the few female artists to land nominations for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the hit “Closer,” was  disappointed at the male-dominated nominees list, saying:  “so many incredible female artists have released this year. hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them.”

Halsey landed two nods for the favorite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year categories.

Rihanna was the only other female artist to land two nods. She will compete with Lady Gaga and newcomer Alessia Cara for favorite female pop/rock artist, and she will face Beyonce and Kehlani in the favorite female soul/R&B category.

The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by fans and will be announced at a live ceremony televised on ABC on Nov. 19.

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