For over 40 years, the American Music Awards have showcased the most esteemed and revered artists at the top of their game, as well as introduced music’s most talented, burgeoning young performers, more than ready to make their mark on the industry. This year’s AMAs nominees list sees the return of favorites like Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers but also showcases first-time nominees who are making a major splash in the recording industry.
Chances are you’ve heard of Chance the Rapper’s hit songs like “No Problem” and “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” Or maybe you’ve seen him wearing one of his trademark baseball caps with the number 3 on it. This year he’s nominated for Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop.
He raps, he acts, he does standup comedy, is there anything Donald Glover can’t do? Glover, who goes by the stage name of Childish Gambino, achieved massive success with his song “Redbone,” which landed high on multiple Billboard charts. He’s nominated for Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B and Favorite Album – Soul/R&B.
Boasting a personality and confidence that is truly larger-than-life, DJ Khaled has made his presence known loud and clear in the rap world. The DJ, record producer and rapper has helped bring classic hits like “All I Do Is Win” and “Wild Thoughts” to life. He’s nominated for Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity and Favorite song – Rap/Hip-Hop.
A keen collaborator with an ear for infectious music, DJ Snake has partnered with a diverse array of artists like Lil Jon, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. The French DJ and record producer is nominated for Favorite Artist – Electric Dance Music (EDM).
An early forefather of Trap Music, Gucci Mane is one of Hip hop’s most respected talents right now. Audiences best know him for his collaboration on “Black Beatles,” that song behind all those still viral videos from last year. He’s nominated for Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop.
The singer first received commercial acclaim when she lent her voice on “Closer,” a dreamy, synthesized ballad from The Chainsmokers. Halsey kept her success flowing in 2017 with the release of her album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which included “Now or Never,” her first track to land on the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. She’s nominated for Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity and Favorite Song-Pop/Rock.
James Arthur burst onto the scene back in 2012 when he was declared winner of that season of The X-Factor. Since then, Arthur has released two albums, winning over audiences with his tender, heartfelt lyrics and melodies. He’s nominated for New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile.
The country star spent much of his early career touring with Nashville staples like Dierks Bentley and Alan Jackson. Now, Jon Pardi has found solo success with top-charting songs like “Heads Over Boots” and “Dirt on My Boots.” He’s nominated for Favorite Song – Country.
Already an accomplished songwriter in her teen years, writing songs for artists like Demi Lovato and Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels made a name for herself as a singer in 2017 with her hit song “Issues.” This year also saw the release of her first EP Nervous System. She’s nominated for New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile.
A triple threat dancer, singer, and songwriter, Kehlani first started off as a member of the group PopLyfe before branching out on her own. She’s released the critically-acclaimed mixtapes “Cloud 19” and “You Should Be Here,” and dropped her first major album SweetSexySavage earlier in 2017. She’s nominated for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B.
His smooth, serene vocals made Khalid one of the most talked about Hip Hop acts. All that conversation helped push his first album American Teen to the top of the R&B charts in 2017. He’s nominated for Favorite Song – Soul/R&B.
Audiences were more than ready to listen to Maren Morris’ soothing, emotional voice on her hit track “My Church” from her eponymous 2015 EP. That song and EP’s success lead to Morris’ first major album release “Hero,” considered not to be just one of country music’s best albums that year, but one of the best period. She’s nominated for Favorite Female Artist – Country.
Composed of the rappers Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, all of whom are related, Migos found a strong niche with their rhythmic, lyrically-detailed tracks. Their second album Culture was released this year and hit the top of the Billboard 200. The group is nominated for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop.
Niall Horan first got his start as a member of the global music phenomenon One Direction, and has made a strong impact in his solo career so far with the hit tracks “Slow Hands” and “This Town.” The artist is set to release his first studio album Flicker on October 20. He’s nominated for New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile.
With visually-enticing videos backed up by atmospheric lyrics, Post Malone achieved strong success in the rap game. He dropped his first album Stoney in 2016, which featured the popular track “White Iverson.” He’s nominated for New Artist of the Year Presented by T-Mobile.
A member of Migos, Quavo is still an accomplished solo performer and collaborator in his own right. He appeared alongside Kanye West and other artists on the hit 2016 track “Champions,” and also worked with Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott on “Go Off” from the “The Fate of the Furious” movie soundtrack. Quavo is nominated for Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop.
First getting their start in Mississippi, Hip Hop duo Rae Sremmurd now has made a global impact with their viral track “Black Beatles.” On top of that song’s massive success, Rae Sremmurd landed high on the charts again with tracks like “No Type” and “Swang.” They’re nominated for New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop.