Tonight is the night of the 2017 American Music Awards, and the evening is shaping up to be one of the biggest in music this year. The event is taking place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and is hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. After announcing this year’s lineup of nominees last month, fans have been voting for their favorites to take home a trophy in categories ranging from Artist of the Year and Video of the Year to Favorite Song in a variety of genres!
Despite featuring an overwhelmingly male list of nominees, a slew of pop’s leading ladies are slated to take the stage. Pink and Kelly Clarkson are opening the show with a duet, and Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera and Selena Gomez will also deliver performances. Although Lady Gaga will not be present, she will beam in for a performance of “The Cure.” K-Pop kings BTS will also make their debut performance at an American awards show, and Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes and many more will perform some of their biggest hits.
The legendary Diana Ross will receive a Lifetime Achievement award and will take the stage to perform at some point during the event. Bruno Mars is leading the field of nominees with 8 nods including recognition in the Artist of the Year and Video of the Year categories. He will be competing against the likes of The Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran, Drake and Kendrick Lamar for some of the highest honors of the evening. Meanwhile, Julia Michaels is the sole female facing off for the title of New Artist of the Year against the likes of Niall Horan, James Arthur, Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd. As one of the few female nominees in a sea of male talent, the prolific writer turned solo star may end up walking off with a trophy of her own.
All will be revealed in time. While we wait for the show to start, reacquaint yourself with the nominees here and check back throughout the night to find out who won what. We’ll be updating the winners list (below) in real time.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Bruno Mars
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Niall Horan
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK: Imagine Dragons
FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY: Keith Urban
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY: Keith Urban, Ripcord
FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY: Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM): The Chainsmokers
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY: Shawn Mendes
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK: Lady Gaga
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK: Linkin Park
TOUR OF THE YEAR: Coldplay
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK: Bruno Mars
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY: Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY: Little Big Town
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP: Drake
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP: Kendrick Lamar, Damn.
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B: Bruno Mars
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B: Beyonce
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN: Shakira
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL: Lauren Daigle
TOP SOUNDTRACK: Moana