2015 American Music Awards Nominees
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The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap & More Rack Up 2015 American Music Awards Nominations

The 2015 American Music Awards nominations are in. Peep who made the cut.

The 2015 American Music Awards will hit airwaves next month, and ahead of the live telecast the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

Hosted by Jennifer Lopez, the upcoming ceremony places Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna, The Weeknd Drake and J. Cole in the running for the top hip-hop and R&B honors. Edging out their peers are The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj, who snagged four and three nods, respectively.  The Weekend is up for New Artist Of The Year, Artist Of The Year,  Favorite R&B Soul Album and Song Of The Year.Nicki is up for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Artist Of The Year. Next up is Rihanna, who is up for Collaboration Of The Year for “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney, as well as Favorite Female R&B/Soul Artist.

Other notable nominations include Fetty Wap’s bid for New Artist Of The Year, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” earning double nominations, Song Of The Year and Collaboration Of The Year. Drake is also up for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, while J. Cole’s nod for the latter serves as his only one. Kendrick Lamar also earned a single nomination, for Collaboration Of The Year for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”

Peep more nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Ariana Grande
Maroon 5
Nicki Minaj
One Direction
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Fetty Wap
Sam Hunt
Tove Lo
Walk the Moon
The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – "See You Again"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk!"
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"
The Weeknd – "Can't Feel My Face"

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – "See You Again"
Rihanna & Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney – "FourFiveSeconds"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk!"
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber – "Where Are Ü Now"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood"

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake
Fetty Wap
Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Drake – If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
Trey Songz
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown – X
D'Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

TOP SOUNDTRACK
Fifty Shades of Grey
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Pitch Perfect 2

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before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, Trapsoul. Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut. Y’all asked for these on All Platforms and they’ll finally be yours this Friday. thank you! pic.twitter.com/8MJ5rC5jYB

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Rest In Power bro! The World miss you n need to hear your voice! DEEP REVERENCE OUT NOW 🏁💙🙏🏾 Prod by. @hitboy & @g.ryomo

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My fifth album #Detroit2 September 4th 🌎✊🏾🌹🖤 🌟 🙏🏾

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