NEW YORK (AFP) – Hip-hop newcomer Iggy Azalea dominated the shortlist for the American Music Awards with nods in six categories just months after her debut album.
The Australian-born singer was nominated for artiste of the year as well as song of the year with “Fancy”, which has become a radio favourite through its simple bass line and anthem-like chorus about indulgence sung by Charli XCX.
Azalea, whose first studio album “The New Classic” was released in April, received more nominations than any other artist, even though it was the first year she made the list.
Pharrell Williams also was in contention for both artistes of the year and top single with his global blockbuster song “Happy”.
Other artistes named for artiste of the year were Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction and Katy Perry.
The American Music Awards, set up in 1973 by late radio and television personality Dick Clark, recognise commercial success and public appeal with fans voting for their choices.
The American Music Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 23 in Los Angeles.