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AMAs 2018 Snubs & Surprises: BTS, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and More!

The 46th annual American Music Awards will take place on October 9 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Tracee Ellis Ross is hosting again for the second year in a row. The nominations were recently announced, with Cardi B and Drake leading the pack with eight noms each. The AMAs, as usual, are fan voted and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Some notable snubs include the absence of Childish Gambino in the favorite rap/hip-hop category, Artist of The Year, and Favorite Music Video for “This is America.” Although Cardi B is nominated for best new artist, we believe that she deserves a nomination for Artist of the Year as well. Beyoncé and Jay-Z who released their joint album, Everything is Love, failed to garner any noms besides Tour of the Year. Country music star Kacey Musgraves was not nominated this year, although her album, Golden Hour, received critical acclaim. Some fans might notice Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj were not nominated in any of the major categories. Unfortunately, Ariana and Nicki’s albums Sweetener and Queen respectively were released past the cutoff date to be considered. 

However, this year does mark the first year that Korean-pop boy band BTS is nominated for an AMA for Favorite Social Artist which marks another huge achievement for the band. Still, fans of the band consider this a snub, as they believe BTS should’ve been nominated for more than just their social media presence. TBH, we totally agree!

Voting begins now for most categories on www.billboard.com/amas, or you can vote on Twitter! Here’s how:

Who are you hoping takes home the an award this year? Check out all of the categories and nominees HERE:

Artist of the Year

Drake

Imagine Dragons

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

Favorite New Artist of the Year

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Khalid

Dua Lipa

XXXTentacion

Favorite Collaboration of the Year

“Havana,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

“Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B

“Rockstar,” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

“The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock

Drake

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Duo or Group, Pop/Rock

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5

Migos

Favorite Song, Pop/Rock

“Havana,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

“God’s Plan,” by Drake

“Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran

Favorite Album, Pop/Rock

Scorpion, Drake

÷, Ed Sheeran

Reputation, Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist, Country

Kane Brown

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Favorite Album, Country

Kane Brown, Kane Brown

This One’s for You, Luke Combs

Life Changes, Thomas Rhett

Favorite Song, Country

“Heaven,” Kane Brown

“Tequila,” Dan + Shay

“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Female Artist, Country

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo/Group, Country

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Lanco

Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop

Cardi B

Drake

Post Malone

Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B

Khalid

Bruno Mars

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B

Ella Mai

Rihanna

SZA

Favorite Song, Soul/R&B

“Young, Dumb, and Broke,” Khalid

“Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai

“Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B

Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop

Scorpion, Drake

Luv Is Rage 2, Lil Uzi Vert

Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone

Favorite Song, Rap/Hip-Hop

“Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B

“God’s Plan,” Drake

“Rockstar,” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

Favorite Album, Soul/R&B

American Teen, Khalid

CTRL, SZA,

17, XXXTentacion

Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary

Shawn Mendes

Pink

Ed Sheeran

Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock

Imagine Dragons

Panic at the Disco

Portugal. The Man

Favorite Soundtrack

Black Panther

The Greatest Showman

The Fate of the Furious

Favorite Artist, Latin

J Balvin

Daddy Yankee

Ozuna

Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Mercyme

Zach Williams

Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music

The Chainsmokers

Marshmello

Zedd

Favorite Social Artist

BTS

Cardi B

Ariana Grande

Demi Lovato

Shawn Mendes

Favorite Music Video

“Havana,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Cardi B

“God’s Plan,” Drake

Favorite Tour of the Year

Beyoncé and JAY-Z

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

U2

Featured Photo: American Music Awards/ABC

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