The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch lead AMA nominations with 8 each

The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are the leading nominees for this year's American Music Awards with eight apiece.

Awards to feature new categories, including rap and hip-hop honours

Roddy Rich, left, and The Weeknd were each nominated for eight American Music Awards on Monday. They will compete against each other for favourite song and artist of the year at the awards show airing Nov. 22. (The Associated Press)

The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are the leading nominees for this year's American Music Awards with eight apiece.

Both will compete for artist of the year against Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift, organizers announced Monday.

Megan Thee Stallion is the next leading nominee with five, including for new artist of the year. Other contenders include Ricch, Lewis Capaldi, Doja Cat, DaBaby and Lil Baby.

This year's ceremony will feature several new categories, including new rap and hip-hop honours and several new awards for Latin music. 

This year's ceremony will be held at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater and air live on ABC on Nov. 22.

Awards shows skip live performances

Most music awards shows have foregone live audiences or moved performances outdoors as a precaution against the coronavirus. Many, like the BET Awards, Country Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, have opted for a mix of live and pre-taped performances.

Several AMA nominees were announced by Dua Lipa on Good Morning America.

Swift has the chance to extend her lead as the most awarded artist in AMA history — she already has 29 wins.

Swift, Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bad Bunny, DaBaby and Doja Cat all have four nominations apiece.

Billie Eilish, an awards favourite since her sweeping wins at the Grammy Awards, scored two nominations, for favourite alternative rock artist and favourite social artist.

Kanye West earned a nomination for favourite contemporary inspirational artist. If he wins, it would be his first AMA win in a dozen years.

Dan + Shay earned three nominations, including for favourite country duo or group, where they're up against Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion.

Harry Styles could pick up his first solo award at the ceremony for his album Fine Lines.

Juice WRLD, who died in December, received a posthumous nomination for favourite male rap/hip-hop artist.