NEW YORK — Bruno Mars is the top nominee with eight nods at the American Music Awards, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece.
The nominations were announced Thursday for the fan-voted American Music Awards, with an all-male lineup for the top prize of artist of the year. Mars will compete against The Chainsmokers, Drake, Lamar and Sheeran.
Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each, including favorite pop/rock song for their hit collaboration, "Despacito." Keith Urban leads country artists with three nominations.
The show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Highlights— Friday: Poor Man’s Whiskey, Connor Oberst, M. Ward, Peter Rowan, Saintseneca, Michael Franti, Lee Ann Womack and all-star performance of Big Star’s “Third” album.
Saturday: Steve Earle, Boz Scaggs, Cooder-White-Skaggs, the Flatlanders, Joe Jackson, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Lera Lynn, Dave and Phil Alvin, Robert Earle Keen and the Brothers Comatose.
Sunday: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Delbert McClinton, Neko Case, Nick Lowe, Chicano Batman, Ralph Stanley, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Los Lobos.
Tip: Look for a bunch of surprise guests when Poor Man’s Whiskey plays a Hardly Strictly After-Party at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., San Francisco. $20. www.thechapelsf.com.