The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch lead AMA nominations with 8 each

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The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch lead AMA nominations with 8 each
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In this video grab issued Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, by MTV, The Weeknd performs “Blinding Lights” during the MTV Video Music Awards. Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019, left, and The Weeknd performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug […]

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The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch lead AMA nominations with 8 each
In this video grab issued Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, by MTV, The Weeknd performs "Blinding Lights" during the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch lead AMA nominations with 8 each
Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019, left, and The Weeknd performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. Rich and The Weeknd were each nominated for eight American Music Awards on Monday. They will compete against each other for Favorite Song - Pop/Rock and Artist of the Year at the awards show airing Nov. 22 on ABC.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are the leading nominees for this year’s American Music Awards with eight apiece.

Both will compete for artist of the year against Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift, it was announced Monday.

Megan Thee Stallion is the next leading nominee with five, including for new artist of the year. Other contenders include Ricch, Lewis Capaldi, Doja Cat, DaBaby and Lil Baby.

This year’s ceremony will feature several new categories, including new rap and hip-hop honors and several new awards for Latin music.

This year’s ceremony will be held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater and air live on ABC on Nov. 22.

Most music awards shows have foregone live audiences or moved performances outdoors as a precaution against the coronavirus. Many, like the BET Awards, Country Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, have opted for a mix of live and pre-taped performances.

Several nominees were announced by Dua Lipa on “Good Morning America.”

Swift has the chance to extend her lead as the most awarded artist in AMA history — she already has 29 wins.

Swift, Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bad Bunny, DaBaby and Doja Cat all have four nominations apiece.

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