American Music Awards 2018: Complete list of nominees
American Music Awards/YouTube

With eight nominations each, Drake and Cardi B are the leading contenders for the American Music Awards, which takes place this year on Oct. 9 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. ABC will have the U.S. telecast of the show, which will be hosted for the second year in a row by Tracee Ellis Ross. The actress, who currently stars in the ABC comedy series "Black-ish," has added executive producer duties this year for the American Music Awards. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.

Also receiving several nominations are Ed Sheeran and Post Malone (six each); Camila Cabello (five); Bruno Mars, Khalid and Taylor Swift (four each); and Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons and Young Thug (three each). The nominees for Artist of the Year are Drake, Imagine Dragons, Malone, Sheeran and Swift. 

Cabello has received her first American Music Award nominations since she left Fifth Harmony in 2016. Fifth Harmony, which was formed on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012, won one American Music Award in 2016 before going on hiatus in 2018. The late rapper XXXtacion, who was shot to death on June 18, received two posthumous nominations: New Artist of the Year, while his 17 album is one of the contenders for Favorite Album - Soul/R&B. Noticeably absent from the nominations list is Ariana Grande, who was eligible for the 2018 American Music Awards for her "No Tears Left to Cry" single, but she didn't make the nominations cut. Her album Sweetener, which was released Aug. 17, is eligible for the 2019 American Music Awards.

The nominations were announced Sept. 12 by Brown, Ella Mai, Normani and Bebe Rexha, from YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles. Mai and Rexha received two nominations each. The show's performers and presenters are usually announced several days after the nominations. 

As previously announced, the American Music Awards show has teamed up with YouTube Music for a multi-year deal that goes into effect for the 2018 AMAs. YouTube Music has signed on as a presenting sponsor for the show.

The 2018 American Music Awards show is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Barry Adelman, Marc Bracco and "American Music Awards" host Ellis Ross are the executive producers. Larry Klein is a producer.

The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by the public. Nominations are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. Nominees eligible for the 2018 American Music Awards those who had new music released from Sept.15, 2017, through Aug. 2, 2018. 

Performers at the 2017 AMAs included Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Diana Ross (Ellis Ross' mother), P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, BTS, Christina Aguilera, Shawn MendesDemi LovatoNick JonasNiall Horan and Portugal. The Man.

The 2017 American Music Awards also had artist collaborations across diverse music genres: Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt teamed up for "Let Me Go." Khalid and Imagine Dragons joined forces for "Young Dumb and Broke" and "Thunder." Selena Gomez and Marshmello performed "Wolves" together. Alessia Cara and Zedd performed "Stay", while Macklemore and Skylar Grey duetted on "Glorious."

Here is the complete list of nominations for the 2018 American Music Awards:

Artist of the Year
Drake 
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
 
New Artist of the Year
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Dua Lipa
XXXTentacion
 
Collaboration of the Year
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, "Havana "
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, "Rock Star"
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, "Finesse"
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be"
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, "The Middle"
 
Favorite Music Video
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, "Havana"
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Drake, "God's Plan"
 
Tour of the Year
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
U2
 
Favorite Soundtrack
Black Panther
The Greatest Showman
The Fate of the Furious
 
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Drake
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
 
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Taylor Swift
 
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Migos
 
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Drake, Scorpion
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Taylor Swift, Reputation
 
Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, "Havana"
Drake, "God's Plan"
Ed Sheeran, "Perfect"
 
Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett
 
Favorite Female Artist – Country
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood
 
Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LANCO
 
Favorite Album – Country
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One's for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
 
Favorite Song – Country
Kane Brown, "Heaven"
Dan + Shay, "Tequila"
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be"
 
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone
 
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake, Scorpion
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Post Malone, Beerbongs + Bentleys
 
Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Drake, "God's Plan"
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, "Rock Star"
 
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd
 
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Ella Mai
Rihanna
SZA
 
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Khalid, American Teen
SZA, CTRL
XXXTentacion, 17
 
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Khalid, "Young Dumb & Broke"
Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up"
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, "Finesse"
 
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At the Disco
Portugal. The Man
 
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Shawn Mendes
P!nk
Ed Sheeran
 
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