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2018 American Music Awards Gets Official Air Date



The 2018 American Music Awards just received its official premiere date. The show will air on ABC on Oct. 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

Unlike the previous years, the AMAs will not air on a Sunday. Instead, the awards show will be streamed live on Tuesday night. Other details about the American Music Awards are still being kept under wraps. There is also no word yet on which artists will be nominated, as well as which ones will perform.

The AMAs base their nominations on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard's official website, as well as Billboard magazine. These interactions include album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, tours, and social activity.

2017 American Music Awards Winners

There are typically three to five nominees in every category at the AMAs. Bruno Mars won Artist of the Year over The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Ed Sheeran last year. Niall Horan brought home the New Artist of the Year recognition after he decided to leave One Direction and pursue a solo career.

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber all won Collaboration of the Year for their hit song "Despacito." Other nominees include The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey for "Closer," DJ Khaled feat. Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne for "I'm The One," and more.

The Tour of the Year award was given to Coldplay, while the Video of the Year recognition was received by Mars for "That's What I Like." The 32-year-old was also named as last year's Favorite Male Artist - Pop / Rock. Lady Gaga won as Mars' counterpart in the Favorite Female Artist - Pop / Rock category.

Other winners include Imagine Dragons as Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock, Mars' 24K Magic album as Favorite Album - Pop / Rock, Keith Urban as Favorite Male Artist - Country, Carrie Underwood as Favorite Female Artist - Country, Little Big Town as Favorite Duo or Group - Country, Urban's Ripcord in the Favorite Album - Country, Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" as Favorite Song - Country, and more.

Last year's AMAs aired on ABC on Nov. 19, and the show marked Selena Gomez's return to the limelight following her kidney transplant. The 25-year-old singer performed her hit song "Wolves" with Marshmello at that time.

Christina Aguilera also paid an emotional tribute to the late Whitney Houston by singing a medley of Houston's songs. Her performance of "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "Run to You," and "I'm Every Woman" went viral thereafter.

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