Bruno Mars leads AMA's

Bruno Mars looks set for success at the American Music Awards after bagging eight nominations on Thursday.

Nominees in the first six categories to be announced were named by R&B star Ciara on U.S. breakfast news show Good Morning America, with further nominations announced on Facebook.

Behind Bruno are Ed Sheeran, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers and The Weeknd, with five nods each.

The R&B star, Ed, The Chainsmokers, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are all up for the prestigious Artist of the Year prize and while Bruno will also battle it out with Ed and Drake for the Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock prize.

Rihanna, Alessia Cara and Lady Gaga will compete in the equivalent female category.

Drake and Bruno also face each other the Pop/Rock Album of the Year, as his More Life album is up against the R&B crooner's record 24K Magic and The Weeknd's Starboy.

Ed's track Shape of You is up for Song of the Year Pop/Rock, alongside Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's Despacito and The Chainsmokers and Halsey's Closer.

Shape of You is also nominated for Video of the Year, alongside Despacito and Bruno's That's What I Like.

Coldplay and Imagine Dragons are The Chainsmokers' rivals in the Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock category, while James Arthur, Niall Horan Julia Michaels, Post Malone, Rae Sremmurd are competing to be named Best New Artist.

Drake dominated the American Music Awards nominations last year, as he earned a record breaking 13 nods, eventually winning three prizes.

This year's ceremony will take place on 19 November at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater and will be broadcast on America's ABC network.



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