The Baby hitmaker scored nods for Choice Male Artist, Choice Song (Sorry) and Choice Male Hottie in the first wave of nominations, while his ex-girlfriend earned similar recognition for Choice Female Artist, Choice Song (Hands To Myself) and Choice Female Hottie.

Bieber will be up against former One Direction star Zayn, who is also nominated in the same three categories, while Gomez will be in competition with pal Demi Lovato, who also earned the same nods.

Other artists nominated in the music categories include Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and Nick Jonas.

In the movie section, superhero films Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are the frontrunners with four nominations apiece, while in the TV category, teen drama Pretty Little Liars leads the charge with six nominations for Choice TV Show: Drama, Choice TV Actor: Drama (Ian Harding, Keegan Allen, and Tyler Blackburn), and Choice TV Actress: Drama (Ashley Benson and Troian Bellisario).

The Vampire Diaries scores five nods, with stars Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham, and Candice King each grabbing mentions.

Other TV shows in the running for prizes include Empire, Gotham, The Flash, and Scream Queens.

The winners will be announced on 14 August (16).