Dick clark productions and ABC, in partnership with YouTube Music, today announced that multiplatinum-selling band Panic! at the Disco will pay tribute to legendary British rock band Queen with a special performance of the award-winning hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This performance will take place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, as part of the 2018 American Music Awards.
The song, written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album, A Night at the Opera, remains one of Queen’s most popular and is often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee, cast of the upcoming 20th Century Fox Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, will introduce Panic! at the Disco’s performance live from the awards show in Los Angeles. Nominated this year for Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock, this will mark Panic! At the Disco’s first performance on the AMAs.
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.
“If there is one song that I wish I would’ve written myself, it’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” said Panic! at the Disco frontman, Brendon Urie. “Freddie Mercury’s genius is clear from the very first note to the last, and I’m honored to be able to pay tribute to Queen with my performance.”
Panic! at the Disco joins previously-announced performers benny blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and Carrie Underwood, as well as a moving tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
Panic! at the Disco released their No. 1 album Pray for the Wicked in June (via Fueled by Ramen/DCD2 Records) off the heels of their critically-acclaimed fifth album, Death of a Bachelor.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. Facing a life-threatening illness, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Opening in theaters on November 2, 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody also stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.
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.