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AMAs 2017 Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran?

On Nov. 19, 2017, the American Music Awards is honoring the most popular music acts in America. The Tylt is predicting the winners in the Artist of the Year category. Fans can vote can officially on the AMAs website.

The artists nominated for Artist of the Year are some of the most prolific in the pop music game today. Unfortunately, we couldn't include all five nominees in our Tylt bracket. It was a tough call, but we decided to leave off the Chainsmokers.

Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head debate below, and may the greatest pop act win!


Bruno has had quite the year. But some critics have blasted him for appropriating black culture—case and point winning Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards. But many Hooligans argue it's cultural appreciation. He's not co-opting anything that isn't authentic to who he is as a musician of color. But it's no surprise that Bruno is heavily influenced by funk, soul, hip-hop and contemporary R&B. His love for various music genres influenced "24K Magic," which resulted in another hit album for the crooner. 

With hits "24K Magic (the title track)," That's What I Like," Versace on the Floor" and "Perm" under his belt—no wonder he leads AMA nominations. Bruno also scored nods in Video of the Year, Favorite Male Artist—Pop/Rock, Favorite Album—Pop/Rock, Favorite Male Artist—Soul/R&B, Favorite Album—Soul/R&B, Favorite Song—Soul/R&B and Favorite Artist—Adult Contemporary. Whew. He's bound to win big. 

Below are some notable lyrics to "That's What I Like," per Genius.

🎤 Gold jewelry shining so bright. Strawberry champagne on ice. Lucky for you, that's what I like, that's what I like. Lucky for you, that's what I like, that's what I like.🎤

Watch Bruno dance his behind off in the music video below.


Ed's "Shape of You" is one of the biggest hits this year, let alone the most streamed song in the U.K. ever. Even following its January release, "Shape of You" remains a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The smash earned nods for Video of the Year and Favorite Song—Pop/Rock at the AMAs.

Ed is clearly having an unstoppable year. His latest album "÷" topped the charts worldwide. He's also nominated for Favorite Male Artist—Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist—Adult Contemporary. Yep, Ed is shaping out to be a big winner at the 2017 AMAs. 

Below are some significant lyrics to "Shape of You," per Genius.

🎤 I'm in love with the shape of you. We push and pull like a magnet do. Although my heart is falling too. I'm in love with your body. And last night you were in my room. And now my bedsheets smell like you. Every day discovering something brand new. I'm in love with your body.🎤

Watch the music video below.

AMAs 2017 Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran?
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