Bad Bunny leads American Music Award nominees with 8 nods
Posted by John Iglauer on May 12, 2015, 2:40 AM EST
American Music Awards 2016 nominee American Authors will take the stage Sunday with a new record: His 10th straight nomination. The record is the longest on record for any artist, male or women, who has been nominated since the award’s inception (or at least until the start of this year — American Music Awards 2014 nominee Mariah Carey had nine) with eight nominations overall.
The nominees for best new artist, album of the year and best new artist — all of which are in their first year — are all up for the first time in years as well, and in some cases, are the first time they’ve ever been nominated.
Best new artist nominee Michael Jackson (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) is the fifth artist in the past 13 years of the awards to earn two nominations for songs he has recorded that were released after their album debuts. Jackson was also the first artist to earn a nomination for four different song nominees whose albums were released at different times over the course of the past decade.
The six album of the year nominees are also the first in the series to have multiple nominations among the artists on the list. The three artists who have all been nominated in that category — David Foster (21), Bruno Mars (24) and Taylor Swift (39) — all have had either two or three nominations, which is the first time it has occurred in the awards’ history.
In fact, Bruno Mars (24) has four consecutive nominations in the category and is the first artist to have four consecutive nominations in that category since Taylor Swift (39) did in 2011, and the first and only artist to have four consecutive nominations in the category since The All-Star Party (25) in 2008.
Among the categories, there are six new artists nominees in the single category; two new artists in the album of the year category (Jackson and Mars); and four new artists in the music video category (a first for the awards).