Bruno Mars to Kick Off the 2016 American Music Awards

Bruno Mars 24K Magic

Bruno Mars has been tapped to be the 2016 American Music Awards opening act, as just announced by ABC and dick clark productions. The 2016 awards show will mark the first time Mars will perform on the AMAs, although he’s earned seven nominations over the years for his work and took home the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist award in 2011.

Mars will release his third album, 24K Magic, on November 18th. His “24K Magic” single hit #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100, becoming the Grammy Award winner’s 13th single to make it onto that chart.

This year’s American Music Awards will be held on November 20, 2016 and will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on ABC beginning at 8pm ET. The American Music Awards winners are chosen by music fans, with voting currently underway at AMAvote.com. Fans can also vote by posting a tweet on Twitter with the nominee’s Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs.


The 2016 American Music Awards nominee list is topped by Drake with 13 nominations. Rihanna follows with seven while Justin Bieber and Adele picked up five each. The Chainsmokers and Beyonce earned four, and Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd each earned three nominations.

More on Bruno Mars, Courtesy of ABC: Bruno Mars is a 20-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-Grammy winner. The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, musician has sold over 170 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Mars most recently dominated charts with hit single “Uptown Funk.” The worldwide smash is the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 single of the 2010s, and is only the 10th single in the Hot 100’s 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at Number 1. “Uptown Funk” took home 3 GRAMMY Awards this past year, including the coveted Record of the Year award. The companion video for the hit single was also nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, winning the award for Best Male Video. This past February, Bruno Mars returned to the Super Bowl Halftime stage to perform alongside Beyoncé and Coldplay at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. In 2014, Bruno Mars made NFL history with the second most watched Super Bowl Halftime Show, which saw a record-breaking total viewership of over 115.3 million, all while being the youngest artist ever to serve as the sole NFL Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to Billboard, Bruno Mars scored his first five Hot 100 No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Bruno Mars has an impressive catalog of 35 Hot 100 hits.

2016 American Music Awards Nominees