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Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 American Music Awards

The ceremony will air live on ABC at 8pm ET/7pm CT

November 17, 2017

The 45th American Music Awards on Sunday night will be jam packed a TON of star power. Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's live broadcast:


WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS TAKE PLACE? - The show will air live at 8pm ET on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

WHO IS HOSTING? - The show will be hosted by "Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross. Her mother, by the way, will be accepting the the lifetime achievement award during the show.

WHO IS PERFORMING? - Wow! What a list of performances for the show:

  • Kelly Clarkson and Pink will collaborate for the first time EVER to open the show. Both artists will have solo perforamnces later in the show as well, we think.
  • The broadcast will feature the first live televised performance from K-pop sensation BTS.
  • Selena Gomez will perform her new single, which is titled “Wolves,” for the first time on television.  
  • Shawn Mendes will perform his smash hit song "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" on Sunday. 
  • Imagine Dragons and Khalid will collaborate for the time ever in an “unique” collaboration, according to Dick Clark Productions.
  • Christina Aguilera will mark the 25th anniversary of the film The Bodyguard with a tribute to Whitney Houston.
  • Diana Ross will perform during the ceremony, as she accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the complete list of performances here, and you can tell US which performance you're most excited to see!

WHO ARE THE NOMINEES?
ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars & Ed Sheeran

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: James Arthur, Niall Horan, Julia Michaels. Post Malone & Rae Sremmurd

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK:  The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito," & Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP: DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One," Kendrick Lamar, “Humble," & Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Check out the complete list of nominees right here.