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American Music Awards reflect 2017 pop music, in which male acts dominate

American Music Awards reflect 2017 pop music, in which male acts dominate
From CBC - November 19, 2017

The performers at the 2017 American Music Awards are evenly split between men and women, but the nominees? Not so much.

In categories like artist of the year and favourite pop/rock album, where men and women compete, no female acts are in contention.

Other categories where male acts dominate include video of the year, tour of the year, favourite country album and favourite soul/R&B song.

Reflection of Billboard charts

Halsey is the only female act nominated for favourite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year, both for the Chainsmokers'No. 1 hit, Closer.Halsey is the song's featured guest. Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels is the only woman up for new artist of the year.

Sunday's AMAs are a reflection of the year in pop music no woman hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2017 until Taylor Swift and Cardi B did so in September.

This year's pop charts have been dominated by rap, a field where women are a rarity. Rock and country songs also have performed well this year and are genres where male acts have outperformed female acts.

Bruno Mars top contender

Bruno Mars is the top contender at the AMAs with eight nominations, while Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Drake, the Chainsmokers and the Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece. All of those acts aside from the Weeknd are nominated for artist of the year.

Diana Ross honoured

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