Entertainment Halsey calls out American Music Awards for lack of female nominees

10:52  13 october  2017
10:52  13 october  2017 Source:   Cover Media

Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominees

  Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominees Bruno Mars looks set for success at the American Music Awards after bagging eight nominations on Thursday (12Oct17). Nominees in the first six categories to be announced were named by R&B star Ciara on U.S. breakfast news show Good Morning America, with further nominations announced on Facebook. Behind Bruno are Ed Sheeran, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers and The Weeknd, with five nods each. The R&B star, Ed, The Chainsmokers, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are all up for the prestigious Artist of the Year prize and while Bruno will also battle it out with Ed and Drake for the Favourite Male Artist Pop/Rock prize. Rihanna, Alessia Cara and Lady Gaga will compete in the equivalent female category. Drake and Bruno also face each other the Pop/Rock Album of the Year, as his More Life album is up against the R&B crooner's record 24K Magic and The Weeknd's Starboy. Ed's track Shape of You is up for Song of the Year Pop/Rock, alongside Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's Despacito and The Chainsmokers and Halsey's Closer. Shape of You is also nominated for Video of the Year, alongside Despacito and Bruno's That's What I Like. Coldplay and Imagine Dragons are The Chainsmokers' rivals in the Favourite Duo or Group Pop/Rock category, while James Arthur, Niall Horan Julia Michaels, Post Malone, Rae Sremmurd are competing to be named Best New Artist.

Halsey is calling out the substantial lack of female representation in the 2017 American Music Awards nominations ! There are zero female nominees in categories including Video of the Year, Tour of the Year and Artist of the Year.

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Halsey has called out the American Music Awards for the lack of female performers on their nominees list for the 2017 ceremony.

The 23-year-old singer is up for a gong in the Collaboration of the Year and Favourite Pop/Rock Song categories due to her tune with The Chainsmokers, Closer. And while she told fans she was delighted with the nod, she was also quick to point out the huge gender gap following the announcement of the nominees.

"Really honoured to have received an @AMAs nomination but really disappointed to hear near exclusively male names… such a missed opportunity,” she wrote on Twitter.

Solange Knowles leads Soul Train nominations

  Solange Knowles leads Soul Train nominations Solange Knowles has come top in the nominations for the 2017 Soul Train Awards with seven nods. The singer scored nominations for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for A Seat at the Table, Video of the Year and Song of the Year for Cranes in the Sky, and Best Dance Performance and Best Collaboration for Don't Touch My Hair, with Sampha. She is followed closely by Bruno Mars, who has six nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Video of the Year, Best Dance Performance and Album/ Mixtape of the Year for 24K Magic, and Song of the Year for That's What I Like. Solange and Bruno will compete against Mary J. Blige's Strength of a Woman, The Weeknd's Starboy and SZA's Ctrl for Album/ Mixtape of the Year, and Childish Gambino's Redbone, Khalid's Location and Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller for Song of the Year. Solange will also go up against her sister Beyonce for the Video of the Year category. Beyonce lands a nomination for All Night alongside Wild Thoughts and Party by Chris Brown, Usher and Gucci Mane. Other nominees for the Best R&B/Soul Female Artist category including Kehlani, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Mary J. Blige and SZA, while the remaining nominees for the male equivalent including Bryson Tiller, Chris Brown, Khalid and The Weeknd. Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award, while R&B trio SWV will be honoured with the Lady of Soul Award in recognition of "their long-standing presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present." The BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will take place on 5 November at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and the show will be broadcast on 26 November.

About Photo #3971500: Halsey is calling out a substantial lack of female representation in the 2017 American Music Awards nominations !

About Photo #3971497: Halsey is calling out a substantial lack of female representation in the 2017 American Music Awards nominations !

"So many incredible female artists have released this year. hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them."

While there are female names in the specifically designed female categories, such as Favourite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, the majority of the other categories are lacking any female nominees. In addition, there are no women up for the prestigious Artist of the Year gong. Instead, Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran will all fight it out for that prize.

Halsey is the only famous face to comment on the gender gap so far. However, other female performers who received nominations took to social media in the wake of the announcement on Thursday (12Oct17) to express their excitement.

Julia Michaels, who is up for the New Artist of the Year gong presented by T-Mobile, tweeted a GIF of her face with the AMA nomination announced behind it, and wrote: "Okay but guys... WHAT IS HAPPENING!!!!! Holy damn moly!"

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, who is nominated in the Favourite Female Artist - Pop/Rock category, tweeted: "Thank u for the nomination! @AMAs."

She will have some tough competition taking home the prize though, as she's up against Rihanna and Alessia Cara, who tweeted, "????? how????? wow thank u, @AMAs x" upon hearing the news.

The American Music Awards are set to take place on 19 November.

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