Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign have been announced in the first round of performers for the 2018 American Music Awards. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Underwood is a twelve-time American Music Award-winning artist and a 2018 nominee in the Favorite Female Artist – Country category, and returns to the AMAs stage for the first time since 2015 to perform a song from her recently released sixth studio album, Cry Pretty.
Nominations for the “2018 American Music Awards” were announced live by Kane Brown, Ella Mai, Normani and Bebe Rexha on Sept. 12 from YouTube Space LA. Cardi B and Drake lead this year’s nominees, with eight possible wins for each, while Ed Sheeran and Post Malone each racked up six nominations and Camila Cabello earned five nominations this year.
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans, and voting is now open in all categories except New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Favorite Social Artist and Collaboration of the Year, which will all open on Monday, Sept. 24. American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 15, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2018.
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