Canadians Account for 23+ American Music Award Nominations

Drake

Nominations are out for the 2016 American Music Awards, and Canadian artists have 23 nominations, 24 if we count The Suicide Squad soundtrack which includes a song by Grimes. It’s probably a good thing Drake wasn’t sitting on the CN Tower pod when the news broke; he may have swooned off it. The Toronto rapper has broken the record for the most nominations set by the late great Michael Jackson (11 in 1984). Drake has 13! Mind you, a number of these are as a featured artist. Also note that the AMAs don’t seem very clear on musical genres, as, for example R&B and rap works and artists are nominated in the pop/rock category. They might as well nominate Coldplay in the country category. Ha! Canadians are guaranteed to win at least one award because all three nominated in the Pop/Rock Male Artist category are Canadians.

The AMAs will take place November 20 in Los Angeles, USA. We have listed categories below with at least one nomination involving a Canadian artist. Maple denizens are bolded in red. What is special about the AMAs is that the winners are all determined by public voting. To vote, however, one must be within the geographical confines of the United States. Nominees were determined by a metric tracked by Billboard including sales, airplay and social activity. You can view all the nominations here.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
Drake
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
Carrie Underwood
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alessia Cara
The Chainsmokers
DNCE
Shawn Mendes
Zayn

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign “Work From Home”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber “Sorry”
Desiigner “Panda”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Drake
The Weeknd

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Adele, 25
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Drake, Views

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Adele “Hello”
Justin Bieber “Love Yourself”
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake
Fetty Wap
Future

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake, Views
Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Desiigner “Panda”
Drake “Hotline Bling”
Fetty Wap “679”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
Bryson Tiller
The Weeknd

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
Bryson Tiller “Don’t”

TOP SOUNDTRACK
Purple Rain
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Suicide Squad: The Album (includes “Medieval Warfare” by Grimes)