• WATCH LIVE American Music Awards 2019 tonight on Channel 2!

    By: Debbie Lord , Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:

    Taylor Swift will be honored Sunday as the  “artist of the decade” as entertainers from all genres of music come together for the 2019 American Music Awards.

     

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    Singer-songwriter Carole King will present the award to Swift, who has sold more than 50 million albums and won 10 Grammys during her career.

    The ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles, will feature performances by Camilla Cabello, Billie Eilish,  Lizzo, Thomas Rhett  and others.

    The AMAs will celebrate its 45 birthday Sunday. Billboard noted the enduring nature of the show when it reported that Elton John was among the nominees for favorite pop/rock male artist in 1974, the year the awards debuted. This year, 45 years later, he is nominated for tour of the year.

    Post Malone tops the list of nominees with seven. Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish each have six nominations. Swift and Lil Nas X are both nominated for five awards.

    Here’s what you need to know about the show.

    What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET

    What channel: ABC is broadcasting the AMAs

    Where is it being held: The ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

    Who is hosting: Ciara will be hosting the event.

    Who is presenting: Presenters at the “2019 American Music Awards” include: Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Tyra Banks, Chadwick Boseman, Kane Brown, Misty Copeland, Rivers Cuomo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan + Shay, Jenna Dewan, David Dobrik, Michael Ealy, Maddie Hasson, Maya Hawke, Jameela Jamil, Jharrel Jerome, Taran Killam, Carole King, Regina King, Heidi Klum, Katherine Langford, Dan Levy, Megan Thee Stallion, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Pete Wentz and Constance Wu.

    Who is performing: Scheduled to perform are: Camilla Cabello, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Thomas Rhett and Shania Twain. Look for Taylor Swift to performing a medley of her hits, despite her dispute with Big Machine Records and Scooter Braun. They own the masters of her hits.

    Who is nominated: Here is a list of the nominees:

    Artist of the year

    • Drake
    • Ariana Grande
    • Halsey
    • Post Malone
    • Taylor Swift

    New artist of the year

    • Luke Combs
    • Billie Eilish
    • Lil Nas X
    • Lizzo
    • 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

    • BTS
    • Ariana Grande
    • Elton John
    • P!nk
    • 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

    • BTS
    • Billie Eilish
    • EXO
    • Ariana Grande
    • Shawn Mendes

     Favorite male artist – pop/rock

    • Drake
    • Khalid
    • Post Malone

    Favorite female artist – pop/rock

    • Billie Eilish
    • Ariana Grande
    • Taylor Swift

    Favorite duo or group – pop/rock

    • BTS
    • 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
    • Drake
    • 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
    • Khalid
    • Bruno Mars

     Favorite female artist – soul/ R&B 

    • Beyoncé
    • Lizzo
    • 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
    • P!nk
    • Taylor Swift

    Favorite artist – Latin 

    • Bad Bunny
    • J Balvin
    • Ozuna

    Favorite artist – contemporary inspirational

    • Lauren Daigle
    • for KING & COUNTRY
    • MercyMe

     Favorite artist – electronic dance music (EDM)

    • Avicii
    • Marshmello
    • The Chainsmokers

    Favorite soundtrack

    • “A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    • “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
    • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

     

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