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2019 AMAs Preview: What to Expect

The 2019 American Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles tonight (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019) on ABC at 8pm ET.

Ciara is set to host the show, and presenters include country duo Dan + Shay, Jenna Dewan, Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Tyra Banks, Chadwick Boseman, Kane Brown, Misty Copeland, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Dobrik, Maya Hawke, Jameela Jamil, Regina King, Heidi Klum, Katherine Langford, Dan Levy, Megan Thee Stallion, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Constance Wu, Rivers Cuomo, Michael Ealy, Maddie Hasson, Jharrel Jerome, Taran Killam, Cobie Smulders, and Pete Wentz.

The night will be filled with performances by Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Post Malone feat. Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, & Watt, Christina Aguilera & A Great Big World, Kesha feat. Big Freedia, Shania Twain, Thomas Rhett, Toni Braxton, Shawn Mendes, Halsey, and Green Day.

Carole King will present Taylor Swift with the Artist of the Decade Award, and Swift will take the stage for a career-spanning performance.

As for nominees, Post Malone leads with 7 nominations, while Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish follow close behind with 6 nominations each. Check out all of the nominees below.

Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Ella Mai

Collaboration of the Year
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Marshmello & Bastille, “Happier”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, “Señorita”
Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Tour of the Year
Ariana Grande
Elton John
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Music Video
Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”
Halsey, “Without Me”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”

Favorite Social Artist
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Post Malone

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Jonas Brothers
Panic! At The Disco

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
Taylor Swift, Lover

Favorite Song – Pop/Rock
Halsey, “Without Me”
Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Panic! At The Disco, “High Hopes”
Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Favorite Male Artist – Country
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Female Artist – Country
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

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

Favorite Album – Country
Kane Brown, Experiment
Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay
Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty

Favorite Song – Country
Luke Combs, “Beautiful Crazy”
Dan + Shay, “Speechless”
Blake Shelton, “God’s Country”

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Cardi B
Post Malone

Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Meek Mill, Championships
Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Travis Scott, Astroworld

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road”
Post Malone, “Wow.”
Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode”

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Ella Mai

Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
Chris Brown, Indigo
Khalid, Free Spirit
Ella Mai, Ella Mai

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B
Khalid, “Talk”
Lizzo, “Juice”
Ella Mai, “Trip”

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Billie Eilish
Imagine Dragons
Panic! at the Disco

Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Maroon 5
Taylor Swift

Favorite Artist – Latin
Bad Bunny
J Balvin

Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle
For King & Country

Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
The Chainsmokers

Favorite Soundtrack
A Star Is Born
Bohemian Rhapsody
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

All of the action will start at 6pm ET when the official pre-show red carpet begins livestreaming on the American Music Awards’ Twitter. Lauren Jauregui and AJ Gibson will host the two-hour pre-show.

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