Some of the biggest names in the music industry are slated to perform at the 44th American Music Awards (check out our complete photo gallery above). The ceremony will air live on Sunday, November 20, on ABC and will be hosted by comedian Jay Pharoah and fashion model Gigi Hadid.
The announced list of performers cover a wide range of artists and genres, including veterans and newcomers. Legendary rocker Sting is performing at the event for the first time, and he’s also the recipient of this year’s Award of Merit, given to artists who have made exceptional contributions to the music industry, and was last presented in 2008 to Annie Lennox.
Other announced performers include Green Day, Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Twenty One Pilots, Fifth Harmony, James Bay, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes. Niall Horan — formerly of two-time Artist of the Year winners One Direction (2014-2015) — will perform his debut single as a solo artist, “This Town.” The Chainsmokers and Halsey will perform their smash hit duet “Closer,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the last 12 weeks. Ariana Grande will be the only one of the five Artist of the Year nominees to perform on the telecast, and will share the stage with Nicki Minaj to perform their current hit, “Side to Side.”
Rapper Drake leads the field of contenders at this fan-voted awards event with 13 nominations, surpassing Michael Jackson’s previous record of 1 noms in 1984 — though Drake didn’t make the final five for Artist of the Year after initially being among the top 10, so he’s got 12 bids left.
Rhianna is second in nominations with seven, followed by Adele and Justin Bieber, who each scored five. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers both earned four nominations, while Bryson Tiller, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd each received three.
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