Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s American Music Awards

Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s American Music Awards

From nominations and notes to performers and presenters, here’s everything a country music fan needs to know about the 2018 American Music Awards.

Date: Oct. 9

Time: 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT

Location: Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Television Station: ABC

Host: Tracee Ellis Ross

Pre-Show: 6 p.m. EST via YouTube

Performers: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara and Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Camila Cabello, Panic! At The Disco, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign, Shawn Mendes with Zedd and Twenty One Pilots

Tribute: Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will perform a special tribute to Aretha Franklin

Presenters: Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Normani, Rita Ora, Lauren Daigle, Lenny Kravitz, Chloe x Halle, Macaulay Culkin, Billy Eichner, Sara Gilbert, Kathryn Hahn, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Taran Killam and Leighton Meester, Heidi Klum, Liza Koshy, Busy Philipps, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson-Ross, John Stamos, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers, Constance Wu, and the cast of the upcoming Queen biopic​ Bohemian Rhapsody, including Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee

Country-Centric Nominees

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Lanco

Favorite Album – Country
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Favorite Song – Country
Kane Brown, “Heaven”
Dan + Shay, “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

Collaboration of the Year
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Camila Cabello “Havana (feat. Young Thug)”
Post Malone, “Rock Star (feat. 21 Savage)”
Bruno Mars and Cardi B, “Finesse”
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

Daily Dose

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter