AMAs Predictions 2018

The American Music Awards have finally arrived and HC: San Francisco is here with our predictions! Scroll down to see the list of nominees and who we think will win.


Artist of the Year

  • Drake

  • Ed Sheeran

  • Imagine Dragons

  • Post Malone

  • Taylor Swift

Our prediction: Drake

Why: A year full of top 10 hits and a number one album, we predict Drake will win AOY.


New Artist of the Year

  • Camila Cabello

  • Cardi B

  • Dua Lipa

  • Khalid

  • XXXTentacion

Our prediction: Cardi B

Why: She has had six top 10 hits this past year and her album, Invasion of Privacy, went number one in the Billboard 200.


Collaboration of the Year

  • “Havana”, Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

  • “Rockstar”, Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

  • “Finesse (Remix)”, Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B

  • “Meant to Be”, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

  • “The Middle”, Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

Our prediction: “Finesse (Remix)”

Why: This unlikely collab brought us back to the 90s with new jack swing inspired song and In Living Color inspired music video.


Tour of the Year

  • Beyoncé & JAY-Z

  • Bruno Mars

  • Ed Sheeran

  • Taylor Swift

  • U2

Our prediction: Taylor Swift

Why: Reputation was already an album Swifties were anticipating it’s no wonder the Reputation Tour has broke record at various venues around the U.S. and it isn't even over yet.


Video of the Year

  • “Havana”, Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

  • “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”, Cardi B

  • “God’s Plan”, Drake

Our prediction: “Havana”

Why: The music video pays an homage to telenovelas, Michael Jackson’s "Thriller", and Dirty Dancing. Did we also mention the music video features everyone’s current man crush, Noah Centineo?


Favorite Social Artist

  • BTS

  • Cardi B

  • Ariana Grande

  • Demi Lovato

  • Shawn Mendes

Our prediction: BTS

Why: If you don’t know who BTS are, you’re living under a rock. The K-Pop group has the ARMY fandom going crazy with their killer choreography, style, and vocals. The group has the most supportive and loyal fandom on social media. The fandom presence online is so huge, it might be bigger than the One Direction fandom.


Favorite Male Artist- Pop/Rock

  • Drake

  • Post Malone

  • Shawn Mendes

Our prediction: Shawn Mendes

Why: Move over Justin Bieber, there’s another Canadian heartthrob! Shawn Mendes risen to the top of the charts the past few years. His current self titled album includes songs: “In My Blood”, “Youth”, and “Lost in Japan.”


Favorite Female Artist- Pop/Rock

  • Camila Cabello

  • Cardi B

  • Taylor Swift

Our prediction: Camila Cabello

Why: After leaving Fifth Harmony last year, Camila Cabello has proven she can make it as a solo artist. She has opened on tour for Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. She also has embarked in her own tour called the Never Be the Same Tour.


Favorite Duo/Group- Pop/Rock

  • Imagine Dragons

  • Maroon 5

  • Migos

Our prediction: Maroon 5

Why: The band has been collaborating with artists outside of their genre like SZA, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, and Future. Will they bring out one of these featured artists at Super Bowl 53?


Favorite Album- Pop/Rock

  • Scorpion, Drake

  • Divide, Ed Sheeran

  • reputation, Taylor Swift

Our prediction: reputation

Why: Another record breaking album with amazing music videos.


Favorite Song- Pop/Rock

  • “Havana”, Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

  • “God’s Plan”, Drake

  • “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran

Our prediction: “Havana”

Why: In a post "Despacito" world, Camila’s first single had the Latin vibes we were still craving.


Favorite Male Artist- Country

  • Kane Brown

  • Luke Bryan

  • Thomas Rhett

Our prediction: Thomas Rhett

Why: Thomas Rhett is an upcoming artist who is making it big on the charts.


Favorite Female Artist- Country

  • Kelsea Ballerini

  • Maren Morris

  • Carrie Underwood

Our prediction: Carrie Underwood

Why: Most popular female country artist is back with a new album and a new tour.


Favorite Duo/Group- Country

  • Dan+Shay

  • Florida Georgia Line


Our prediction: Florida Georgia Line

Why: The duo is popular both in the country and pop community and have been known to collab with artists from different genres.


Favorite Album- Country

  • Kane Brown, Kane Brown

  • This One’s For You, Luke Combs

  • Life Changes, Thomas Rhett

Our prediction: Thomas Rhett

Why: Thomas Rhett’s father was a huge influence for the album, Life Changes. The songs on the album are down to earth and are about his personal life.


Favorite Song- Country

  • “Heaven”, Kane Brown

  • “Tequila”, Dan + Shay

  • “Meant To Be”, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Our prediction: “Tequila”

Why: The song, “Tequila”, tells the story about heartbreak and will get you in the feels.


Favorite Artist- Rap/Hip Hop

  • Cardi B

  • Drake

  • Post Malone

Our prediction: Cardi B

Why: This year, Cardi B has proven that she is the best of the best. A number one album, top 10 hits, a Coachella performance, co-hosting the tonight show...we can go on.


Favorite Album- Rap/Hip Hop

  • Scorpion, Drake

  • Luv is Rage 2, Lil Uzi Vert

  • beerbongs & bentleys, Post Malone

Our prediction: Scorpion

Why: The most anticipated album of the summer broke the record for one billion streams, according to CNN.


Favorite Song- Rap/Hip Hop

  • “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”, Cardi B

  • “God’s Plan”, Drake

  • “Rockstar”, Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

Our prediction: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

Why: Bodak Yellow went number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The last female rapper to go number one was Lauryn Hill in 1998 for her song, “Doo Wop (That Thing.)"


Favorite Male Artist- Soul/R&B

  • Khalid

  • Bruno Mars

  • The Weeknd

Our prediction: Bruno Mars

Why: Bruno Mars is a showman who doesn't stop and keeps it going. He's still touring for his 2016 album, 24K Magic, and has performed at music festivals this summer. His prime time TV special, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo, was nominated for an Emmy. He swept the Grammys, will he sweep the AMAs?


Favorite Female Artist- Soul/R&B

  • Ella Mai

  • Rihanna

  • SZA

Our prediction: SZA

Why: SZA’s soulful vocals prove that she deserves to be favorite soul/R&B female artist.


Favorite Album- Soul/R&B

  • American Teen, Khalid


  • 17, XXXTentacion

Our prediction: CTRL

Why: This album touched on different themes of love and relationships that put us all in the feels.


Favorite Song- Soul/R&B

  • “Young Dumb & Broke”, Khalid

  • “Boo’d Up”, Ella Mai

  • “Finesse (Remix)”, Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B

Our prediction: “Finesse (Remix)”

Why: Cardi B’s rapping and Bruno’s smooth singing definitely got it goin’ in this 90s inspired song.


Favorite Artist- Alternative Rock

  • Imagine Dragons

  • Panic! At The Disco

  • Portugal. The Man

Our prediction: Panic! At The Disco

Why: Panic! At The Disco is back with their new album, Pray For The Wicked.


Favorite Artist- Adult Contemporary

  • Shawn Mendes

  • P!NK

  • Ed Sheeran

Our prediction: Shawn Mendes

Why: Shawn won Adult Contemporary last year; Will he win this category for a second year in a row?


Favorite Artist- Latin

  • J Balvin

  • Daddy Yankee

  • Ozuna

Our prediction: Ozuna

Why: Ozuna has been collabing with artists outside of the reggaetón community.


Favorite Artist- Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

  • The Chainsmokers

  • Marshmello

  • Zedd

Our prediction: Marshmello

Why: The DJ has been collabing with pop artists such as: Khalid, Logic, and Selena Gomez. Marshmello’s collabs are a perfect mix of EDM and Top 40 hits.


Favorite Soundtrack

  • Black Panther: The Album, Music and Inspired By

  • The Greatest Showman

  • The Fate of the Furious: The Album

Our prediction: Black Panther: The Album, Music and Inspired By

Why: The blockbuster hit includes songs by: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Khalid, SOB X RBE...shall we go on?


The 2018 AMAs will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5 PM P.T.