Swift, Sheeran, The Weeknd top American Music Awards nominations


Pop singer Taylor Swift led nominations Tuesday for the 2015 American Music Awards, competing for six awards including artist of the year and song of the year for her hit Blank Space.

Canadian R&B newcomer The Weeknd is in the running for five awards, as is British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor are up for four prizes at the fan-voted awards.

If Swift wins all the categories in which she is nominated, she could top the late Whitney Houston as the American Music Awards’ top all-time female winner.

In her young career, Swift, 25, has already won 16 AMAs since 2008, including artist of the year in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

She has some tough competition this year. Swift will vie for artist of the year with The Weeknd, Sheeran, Smith, Minaj and Trainor, as well as Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Maroon Five and One Direction.

For song of the year, Swift’s Blank Space is up against a bevy of radio favorites: Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face, Wiz Khalifa’s and Charlie Puth’s See You Again, and Mark Ronson’s and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.

Founded in 1973 as an alternative to the Grammys, the American Music Awards are the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, according to the organizers. While nominations are determined by record sales, prizes are awarded based on an online vote.