Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny garnered the most nominations for this year’s American Music Awards, beating compatriot Drake and pop superstars Beyonce and Taylor Swift on the shortlist. unveiled on Thursday.
Bad Bunny received a total of eight AMA nominations and will compete for artist of the year against British singers Adele and Harry Styles and Canadian musician The Weeknd.
Drake, Beyonce and Swift are also up for artist of the year and received six nominations each.
Nominations are based on performances on the Billboard music charts, album and streaming sales, radio airplay and social media engagement.
The winners will be determined by fan votes and will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on November 20. The event will be televised live on Walt Disney ‘s ABC Network (NYSE: DIS ) Co.
Bad Bunny was also nominated for Favorite Male Pop Artist, Favorite Music Video, and Favorite Touring Artist.
The singer broke this year the record for the highest-grossing tour in the history of a Latin artist. His album “Un Verano Sin Ti” just topped the Billboard charts for the thirteenth week.
If Bad Bunny wins all eight awards he’s up for, he’d tie superstars Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston for the most AMAs won in a single year.
The organizers have added a category for favorite K-pop artist this year. The hopefuls are BTS, BLACKPINK, SEVENTEEN, Tomorrow X Together and Twice.
Rapper Jack Harlow, K-pop group BLACKPINK and Scandinavian DJ group Swedish House Mafia were the first AMA nominees.
In the country music categories, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are among the nominees for Favorite Male Country Artist. Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert will compete to be the favorite female country artist.