Taylor Swift leads American Music Awards, Enrique Iglesias up for 7th trophy



Enrique Iglesias will have the chance to take home his seventh American Music Award this year.

The Spanish singer, whose song “Bailando” just passed the billion views on YouTube, is up for the favorite artist award in the Latin category alongside Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin and Dominican-American bachatero Romeo Santos.

The only other Latino nominated for an AMA is Bruno Mars for his collaboration with Mark Ronson on “Uptown Funk!” The song is nominated for song of the year alongside “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift; "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth; "Thinking out Loud" by Sheeran; and "Can't Feel My Face" by the Weeknd.

Swift leads the nominations list with six. If she wins everything she's up for, the singer will become the most-honored female artist in the show's history.

Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd had five nominations each, trying to win their first awards. Sam Hunt, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Walk the Moon had three nominations each.

Swift was one of 10 nominees for artist of the year, and her "Blank Space" was nominated for song of the year. She was also nominated for collaboration of the year for her work on "Bad Blood" with Kendrick Lamar, and her blockbuster "1989" is competing for album of the year.

She's won 16 American Music Awards. Whitney Houston's 22 awards are the most ever among female artists in the show, which was launched in 1974. Michael Jackson's 24 awards are the most of any artist.

Nominations, announced Tuesday, are based on a metric that includes sales, airplay and social activity tracked by Billboard magazine and its partners. Winners are determined by fan votes on the show's website or through Facebook and Twitter.

Swift, Sheeran, the Weeknd, Minaj, Trainor, Smith, Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and One Direction are artist of the year nominees. The nomination list will be narrowed to five by Nov. 11 through fan votes.

Jennifer Lopez will host the show, which will air live Nov. 22 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC.

Sheeran's "x'' and Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" join "1989" in the competition for best album. New artist nominees are Hunt, Fetty Wap, Tove Lo, Walk the Moon and the Weeknd.

Both Beyonce and Rihanna have the chance to become the record holder in the favorite female soul artist. They've both won the category four times, along with Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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