Drake, Cardi B lead American Music Awards with 8 nods each

FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, London. Rap has easil

FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, London. Rap has easil

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in New York. Rap has easily dominated the pop charts

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018 file photo, Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in New York. Rap has easily dominated the pop charts

FILE - In this April 22, 2018 file photo, Cardi B performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Rap has easily dominated the pop ch

FILE - In this April 22, 2018 file photo, Cardi B performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Rap has easily dominated the pop ch

NEW YORK (AP) — Rap has easily dominated the pop charts and on streaming services in the last few years, and that's reflected at the 2018 American Music Awards.

Drake and Cardi B are the leading nominees with eight each. The AMAs will air live Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Drake, with the top-selling album "Scorpion" and three No. 1 hits, will compete for artist of the year alongside Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, a streaming juggernaut before his death in June and afterward, earned nominations for new artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, "17."

Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" was surprisingly shut of the favorite rap/hip-hop album category, where nominees include Drake, Malone and Lil Uzi Vert.