American Music Awards Nominations 2016: See Full List of Nominees

Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten announced the nominees for the 2016 AMAs on “GMA."

ByABC News
October 10, 2016, 9:13 AM

— -- Nominees for the 2016 American Music Awards were announced on "Good Morning America" today by singers Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten.

Jonas and Platten kicked off the announcements live on "GMA," and then revealed further categories on Snapchat and in a live stream on the "GMA" Facebook page and

Drake led the pack with 13 overall nominations and set a new AMA record for most nominations in a single year, surpassing Michael Jackson's 11 nominations in 1984, according to the AMAs. Rihanna received seven nominations, Adele and Justin Bieber followed with five each, and Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations.

During the live announcements, Platten first learned that she was nominated this year for Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary category with Adele and Meghan Trainor.

"I wish I’d played it a little cooler but I didn’t like play it cool at all. I was like, ‘Oh my God,'" Platten said of her reaction. "I was really excited."

PHOTO: Rachel Platten learned that she was nominated for a 2016 AMA in the Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary category today on "Good Morning America."
Rachel Platten learned that she was nominated for a 2016 AMA in the Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary category today on "Good Morning America."
ABC/Ida Astute

Platten said she was even more excited to learn her American Music Awards nomination came from fans.

"I really truly make music so that I can bring people together and help people and spread love, so that’s amazing," she said.

Jonas described the two nominations his band, DNCE, received as "overwhelming."

"You obviously make music because it’s what’s from your heart, but also you want to get out there and perform for this audience and the fans that vote and show up to shows and wait outside in the freezing cold to say hi," he said. "It’s why we do it."

The AMAs will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year Un-Leashed By T-Mobile

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes


Collaboration of the Year

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”

Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $Ign “Work From Home”

Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”

Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

Tour of the Year



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Video of the Year

Justin Bieber “Sorry”

Desiigner “Panda”

Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber


The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock


Selena Gomez


Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers


Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Adele “25”

Justin Bieber “Purpose”

Drake “Views”

Favorite Song- Pop/Rock

Adele “Hello”

Justin Bieber “Love Yourself”

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”

Favorite Male Artist – Country

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Kelsea Ballerini


Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Zac Brown Band

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favorite Album - Country

Luke Bryan “Kill The Lights”

Chris Stapleton “Traveller”

Carrie Underwood “Storyteller”

Favorite Song - Country

Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y”

Tim Mcgraw “Humble And Kind”

Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man”

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop


Fetty Wap


Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake “Views”

Drake & Future “What A Time To Be Alive”

Fetty Wap “Fetty Wap”

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Desiigner “Panda”

Drake “Hotline Bling”

Fetty Wap “679”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Bryson Tiller

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B


Janet Jackson


Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Beyoncé “Lemonade”

Rihanna “Anti”

Bryson Tiller “T R A P S O U L”

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”

Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”

Bryson Tiller “Don’t”

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock


Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary


Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Favorite Artist - Latin

J Balvin

Enrique Iglesias

Nicky Jam

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Hillsong United

Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (Edm)

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

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