AMAs Awards 2018 Live: the 46th annual American Music Awards 2018 just days away, make sure you’re ready to tune in when the show goes live on ABC on Tuesday, Oct.9, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The star-studded 2018 AMAs performance lineup includes Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa, to name just a few. The show promises other special highlights including Panic! at the Disco’s performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” paying homage to Queen and a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.
The show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be hosted for the second year in a row by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross. Among other best-in-genre categories, the AMAs will award fan favorites like tour of the year, favorite social artist and collaboration of the year.
Dick Clark created the American Music Awards in 1973. Today, the award show spotlights artists across many genres, including pop/rock, alternative rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, adult contemporary, contemporary inspirational, Latin, EDM and soundtrack, alongside more general categories like new artist, song, collaboration and artist of the year.
Taking the stage as AMAs presenters will be Kelsea Ballerini, Tyra Banks, Kane Brown, Chloe x Halle, Macaulay Culkin, Lauren Daigle, Billy Eichner, Sara Gilbert, Kathryn Hahn, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Taran Killam and Leighton Meester, Heidi Klum, Liza Koshy, Lenny Kravitz,
Normani, Rita Ora, Busy Philipps, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson-Ross, John Stamos, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers, Constance Wu and the cast of “Bohemian Rhapsody” including Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee.
Tracee Ellis Ross, who also serves as the executive producer of the show, returns to the AMAs as her second year as host.
Taylor Swift will open the AMAs with her “Reputation” track “I Did Something Bad,” while Cardi B takes the stage later in the evening with her first post-pregnancy awards show performance, joining Bad Bunny and J Balvin for “I Like It.”
The show will also feature a special tribute to Aretha Franklin from a lineup of soul and gospel greats including Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans.
The AMAs’ lengthy list of performers also includes Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, 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.