American Music Awards

Where are the women?

Female singers such as Katy Perry (above) were missing from the list of nominees for the American Music Awards.
Female singers such as Katy Perry (above) were missing from the list of nominees for the American Music Awards.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • No, there is no mistake. There is no room for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey, Kesha and Taylor Swift in the list of nominees for the American Music Awards (AMA).

Instead, the men of pop and hip-hop led the nominations announced on Thursday, with female artists left out of most categories.

Bruno Mars was on another "planet" - with eight nominations.

He will face hip-hop stars Drake and Kendrick Lamar, pop singer Ed Sheeran and electro-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers - each of whom landed five nominations - for the coveted Artist of the Year.

Pop star Halsey, one of the few female artists to get nods - in her case, for a tie-up with The Chainsmokers on hit song Closer - tweeted that she was "disappointed" at the turn of events.

"So many incredible female artists have released (albums) this year. Hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them," she said.

Halsey landed two nominations, in the favourite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year categories for Closer, but did not land any solo nominations despite having a chart-topping album this year.

The AMA nominees are selected after considering various factors, which include figures from music sales, touring, streaming and radio airplay and social activity from Sept 9 last year to Sept 14 this year.

The winners are voted for by fans and will be announced at a live ceremony on Nov 19.

Rihanna was the only other female artist to land two nods.

She will compete with Lady Gaga and newcomer Alessia Cara for favourite female pop/rock artist, and face Beyonce and Kehlani in the favourite female soul/R&B category.

Newcomer Julia Michaels is up against singer James Arthur, former One Direction star Niall Horan, rapper Post Malone and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd for the New Artist of the Year accolade.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2017, with the headline 'Where are the women?'. Print Edition | Subscribe