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AMAs 2015 nominations: Ed Sheeran leads with 4 noms

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Published 13/10/2015 | 15:08

Musician Ed Sheeran performs on stage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Musician Ed Sheeran performs on stage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Singer Ed Sheeran has been nominated for the coveted Artist of the Year American Music Award.

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Those in the running for the prizes were announced on Tuesday (13 Oct), with Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth confirming several of the categories during an appearance on Good Morning America. The most hotly-anticipated prize is the Artist of the Year gong, which sees a massive ten stars battling it out.

Ed will vie against Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Meghan Trainor and The Weeknd for the prize.

That's not the only category he's got a mention in though, with the British star also up for the Song of the Year trophy with ballad Thinking Out Loud. Joining him in that category are Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth for See You Again, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with Uptown Funk, Taylor Swift for Blank Space and The Weeknd with Can’t Feel My Face.

Ed's album that spawned Thinking out Loud, x, is up for the best pop/rock album, alongside Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour and Taylor Swift's 1989. As if that's not enough, Ed could also be named favourite male pop/rock star if he manages to beat off stiff competition from Nick Jonas and Sam Smith.

Other notable categories include favourite female pop/rock star, where Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor were all mentioned.

There are a phenomenal amount of categories at the AMAs, including things like best soundtrack, best new artist and separate prizes in genres like country, alternative rock, adult contemporary and electronic dance.

The ceremony is being hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on 22 November. She is also set to take to the stage in anticipation of her upcoming Las Vegas residency.

2015 American Music Award nominations main categories:

 

Artist of the Year

Sam Smith

Taylor Swift

Meghan Trainor

The Weeknd

One Direction

Luke Bryan

Ariana Grande

Maroon 5

Nicki Minaj

Ed Sheeran

 

Song of the Year

See You Again - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Blank Space - Taylor Swift

Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd

 

New Artist of the Year

Fetty Wap

Sam Hunt

Tove Lo

Walk The Moon

The Weeknd

 

Favorite Male Artist: Pop/Rock

Nick Jonas

Ed Sheeran

Sam Smith

 

Favorite Female Artist: Pop/Rock

Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift

Meghan Trainor

 

Favorite Pop/Rock Album

Ed Sheeran

Sam Smith

Taylor Swift

 

Favorite Duo/Group: Pop/Rock

Maroon 5

One Direction

Walk The Moon

 

Favorite Artist: Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake

Fetty Wap

Nicki Minaj

Favorite EDM Album

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Zedd

 

Favorite Female Country Artist

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Carrie Underwood

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