Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) has committed to hosting the 2017 American Music Awards airing live on ABC on November 19th. The awards show will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast beginning at 8pm ET. Tracee Ellis Ross’ mother, Diana Ross, will be performing during the show and will receive this year’s American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.
“I am thrilled to host this special night which honors some of the greatest musical talents in our industry,” said Tracee Ellis Ross. “And I’m especially thrilled to host this year when my mother is receiving the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.”
The American Music Awards also announced Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, and Nick Jonas are confirmed to perform. Lady Gaga will perform “The Cure” while at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. on her Joanne World Tour. Nick Jonas is set to sing “Find You” and Shawn Mendes will perform “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” from his second album, Illuminate.
Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, and Nick Jonas join a list of previously announced performers that includes BTS, Alessia Cara & Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Niall Horan, Imagine Dragons & Khalid, Demi Lovato, P!NK, Portugal. The Man, and Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line & watt. Plus, Christina Aguilera will sing songs from The Bodyguard in a tribute to Whitney Houston and the film’s 25th anniversary.
The American Music Awards are voted on by music fans and are based on “key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.”
Bruno Mars tops the list of this year’s nominees with eight, followed by The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five each. Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi picked up four nominations and Keith Urban earned three.