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Drake, Cardi B Battle for Top Honors at American Music Awards

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     Drake, Cardi B Battle for Top Honors at American Music Awards
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    Cardi B arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Drake and Cardi B will battle for top honors at Tuesday night's presentation of the American Music Awards, with each carrying a leading eight nominations into the event at the Microsoft Theater.

    Drake is among the nominees for artist of the year, competing with Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Cardi B, meanwhile, is up for new artist of the year, along with Camila Cabello, Khalid, Dua Lipa and XXXTentacion.

    Drake and Cardi B will compete head-to-head in the favorite music video category. Drake is nominated for "God's Plan," while Cardi B is nominated for "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)." Camila Cabello and Young Thug round out the category with their video, "Havana." Drake and Cardi B are also nominated for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and favorite rap/hip-hop song, along with Post Malone in both categories.

    The awards show, televised on ABC, will feature an array of musical performances, including an opening performance by Taylor Swift. Mariah Carey will also perform, debuting her song "With You," the first single from her new album.

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    Panic! At the Disco will perform "Bohemian Rhapsody" in a tribute to famed British rock band Queen, while Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will team up for a tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

    Also among those set to perform are Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, Benny Blanco, Halsey, Khalid, Camila Cabello and Cardi B.

    Emmy-nominated actress Tracee Ellis Ross will return to host and executive produce the show. Ross, the daughter of music legend Diana Ross, hosted the AMAs for the first time last year. She has received multiple Emmy nods for her work on ABC's "black-ish." The role has also earned her a Golden Globe award for best actress in a comedy series and a trio of NAACP Image Awards.

    The American Music Awards is billed as the "world's biggest fan-voted award show."

    Here is a complete list of nominations:

    Artist of the Year

    -- Drake

    -- Imagine Dragons

    -- Post Malone

    -- Ed Sheeran

    -- Taylor Swift

    New Artist of the Year

    -- Camila Cabello

    -- Cardi B

    -- Khalid

    -- Dua Lipa

    -- XXXTentacion

    Collaboration of the Year

    -- Camila Cabello, "Havana (feat. Young Thug)''

    -- Post Malone, "Rock Star (feat. 21 Savage)''

    -- Bruno Mars and Cardi B, "Finesse''

    -- Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be''

    -- Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, "The Middle''

    Favorite Music Video

    -- Camila Cabello, "Havana (feat. Young Thug)''

    -- Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)''

    -- Drake, "God's Plan''

    Tour of the Year

    -- Beyonce and Jay-Z

    -- Bruno Mars

    -- Ed Sheeran

    -- Taylor Swift

    -- U2

    Favorite Soundtrack

    -- Black Panther

    -- The Greatest Showman

    -- The Fate of the Furious

    Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock

    -- Drake

    -- Post Malone

    -- Ed Sheeran

    Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock

    -- Camila Cabello

    -- Cardi B

    -- Taylor Swift

    Favorite Duo or Group, Pop/Rock

    -- Imagine Dragons

    -- Maroon 5

    -- Migos

    Favorite Album, Pop/Rock

    -- Drake, "Scorpion''

    -- Ed Sheeran, "Divide''

    -- Taylor Swift, "Reputation''

    Favorite Song, Pop/Rock

    -- Camila Cabello "Havana'' (feat. Young Thug)

    -- Drake, "God's Plan''

    -- Ed Sheeran, "Perfect''

    Favorite Male Artist, Country

    -- Kane Brown

    -- Luke Bryan

    -- Thomas Rhett

    Favorite Female Artist, Country

    -- Kelsea Ballerini

    -- Maren Morris

    -- Carrie Underwood

    Favorite Duo or Group, Country

    -- Dan + Shay

    -- Florida Georgia Line

    -- LANCO

    Favorite Album, Country

    -- Kane Brown, "Kane Brown''

    -- Luke Combs, "This One's for You''

    -- Thomas Rhett, "Life Changes''

    Favorite Song, Country

    -- Kane Brown, "Heaven''

    -- Dan + Shay, "Tequila''

    -- Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be''

    Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop

    -- Cardi B

    -- Drake

    -- Post Malone

    Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop

    -- Drake, Scorpio

    -- Lil Uzi Ver, Luv Is Rage 2

    -- Post Malone, Beerbongs + Bentleys

    Favorite Song, Rap/Hip-Hop

    -- Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)''

    -- Drake, "God's Plan''

    -- Post Malone, "Rock Star'' (feat. 21 Savage)

    Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B

    -- Khalid

    -- Bruno Mars

    -- The Weeknd

    Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B

    -- Ella Mai

    -- Rihanna

    -- SZA

    Favorite Album, Soul/R&B

    -- Khalid, "American Teen''

    -- SZA, "CTRL''

    -- XXXTentacion, "17''

    Favorite Song, Soul/R&B

    -- Khalid, "Young Dumb & Broke''

    -- Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up''

    -- Bruno Mars and Cardi B, "Finesse''

    Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock

    -- Imagine Dragons

    -- Panic! at the Disco

    -- Portugal. The Man 

    Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary

    -- Shawn Mendes

    -- Pink

    -- Ed Sheeran

    Favorite Artist, Latin

    -- J Balvin

    -- Daddy Yankee

    -- Ozuna

    Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational

    -- Lauren Daigle

    -- MercyMe

    -- Zach Williams

    Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music

    -- The Chainsmokers

    -- Marshmello

    -- Zedd

    Favorite Soundtrack

    -- "Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By''

    -- "The Greatest Showman''

    -- "The Fate of the Furious: The Album''

    Favorite Social Artist

    -- BTS

    -- Cardi B

    -- Ariana Grande

    -- Demi Lovato

    -- Shawn Mendes

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