2016 American Music Awards preview: Who will win, who will perform, who will host?

There are more than two dozen categories being handed out at the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 20, at a ceremony to be hosted by comedian Jay Pharoah and model Gigi Hadid. If you want to find out who we think will win all the top races, check out our official racetrack odds.

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Those odds are based on the collective forecasts of predictions contest entrants who have made their picks at Gold Derby: our Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s American Music Award winners, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ AMAs results, and hundreds of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

And if you want to find out more about Sunday night’s main event, follow the links below for our extensive coverage:


Predictions by category: Who will win these 27 races? Justin Bieber, Drake, Adele and Beyonce all look strong

Predictions by artist: Drake will take home five, Adele four and Beyonce three.

Categories In-Depth

Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande in, Beyonce and Adele OUT!

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber will prevail for the third time

Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: Newcomers DNCE will dance away with it

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyonce and Rihanna continue decade-long rivalry

Favorite Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood will claim her fourth title

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Drake will finally get his due

Favorite Alternative Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots will win for the first time against overdue Coldplay

Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: The Chainsmokers lead close race against Calvin Harris

New Artist of the Year: Teen breakout Shawn Mendes has the edge

About the Show

Biggest Winners of All Time: Who are the top 10 AMA champs?

Full List of 2016 AMAs Performers: Niall Horan, Sting, Bruno Mars and many more

Dish the American Music Awards with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums

Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts as often as you like before winners are announced on Nov. 20.  Just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the AMAs race in our music forum.

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