Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s American Music Awards


Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s American Music Awards

From nominations and notes to performers and presenters, here’s everything a country music fan needs to know about the 2018 American Music Awards.

Date: Oct. 9

Time: 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT

Location: Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Television Station: ABC

Host: Tracee Ellis Ross

Pre-Show: 6 p.m. EST via YouTube

Performers: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara and Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Camila Cabello, Panic! At The Disco, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign, Shawn Mendes with Zedd and Twenty One Pilots

Tribute: Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will perform a special tribute to Aretha Franklin

Presenters: Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Normani, Rita Ora, Lauren Daigle, Lenny Kravitz, Chloe x Halle, Macaulay Culkin, Billy Eichner, Sara Gilbert, Kathryn Hahn, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Taran Killam and Leighton Meester, Heidi Klum, Liza Koshy, Busy Philipps, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson-Ross, John Stamos, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers, Constance Wu, and the cast of the upcoming Queen biopic​ Bohemian Rhapsody, including Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee

Country-Centric Nominees

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album – Country
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Favorite Song – Country
Kane Brown, “Heaven”
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

Collaboration of the Year
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Camila Cabello “Havana (feat. Young Thug)”
Post Malone, “Rock Star (feat. 21 Savage)”
Bruno Mars and Cardi B, “Finesse”
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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