ABC and Dick clark productions today announced country superstar Carrie Underwood and multiplatinum-selling band Imagine Dragons as part of the first round of performers at the 2018 American Music Awards. Additionally, multiplatinum-selling artists Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign will team up for their first-ever AMA performance. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2018 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, on ABC.
Twelve-time American Music Award-winning artist and 2018 nominee in the Favorite Female Artist – Country category, Carrie Underwood returns to the AMAs stage for the first time since 2015 to perform a song hot off her recently released sixth studio album, Cry Pretty. The album follows Underwood’s six earlier No. 1s on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
Three-time American Music Award-winning band and 2018 nominees, Imagine Dragons will take the stage to perform their standalone single and Billboard Hot 100 track Natural, which has earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs charts since its debut.
Chart-topping musician, and seven-time AMA nominee Post Malone will make his American Music Awards stage debut, joined by acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer and previous AMA nominee Ty Dolla $ign, to perform the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Psycho” from Post Malone’s second studio album, beerbongs & bentleys. Additionally, Post Malone will treat fans to a solo performance of a track off the same album.
Nominations for the 2018 American Music Awards were announced by Kane Brown, Ella Mai, Normani and Bebe Rexha on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from YouTube Space LA. Cardi B and Drake lead this year’s nominees, with eight possible wins for each. Ed Sheeran and Post Malone each earned six nominations. Camila Cabello, nominated five times this year, could win her first AMA as a solo artist.
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 15, 2017, through Aug. 9, 2018. The 2018 American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. You can vote at VoteAMAs.com.