LOS ANGELES (NEWS 1130) – The star-studded “American Music Awards” take place Sunday, live from Los Angeles.
Canadians Drake, and Shawn Mendes are up for awards Sunday while Shania Twain is set to perform.
Presenters include Regina King, Chadwick Boseman, Jharrel Jerome, Heidi Klum, Megan Thee Stallion, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Constance Wu and Vancouver’s Cobie Smulders.
R&B singer Ciara will host the fan-voted AMAs, to take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Among the big names set to perform at the show tonight include teenage phenom Billie Eilish, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift.
Producer Larry Klein says that initially, the show was going to do a retrospective of the past decade but then decided to scale that back.
All eyes will be on Taylor Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards.
The 29-year-old pop star, who has continued to publicly battle with the men who own her master recordings, is set to take the stage at Sunday’s show — a performance she recently said was put in jeopardy by Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun. Swift could also make history at the AMAs if she surpasses Michael Jackson’s record for most wins.
Swift, who has won 23 AMAs, is nominated for five awards and could best the King of Pop’s 24 wins. Swift will also receive the artist of the decade award, to be presented by Carole King, at the show.
Swift is nominated for the top prize — artist of the year — along with Ariana Grande, Drake, Halsey and Post Malone, who is the leader with seven nominations.
The second most-nominated acts are Grande and newcomer Billie Eilish, who both scored six nominations each.
Eilish and Lizzo — who earned six and eight Grammy nominations, respectively — will perform at Sunday’s AMAs. Other performers include Selena Gomez, Shania Twain, Green Day, Camila Cabello, Toni Braxton, Jonas Brothers, Dua Lipa, Thomas Rhett, Kesha with Big Freedia, Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World.
Malone, who will perform with Travis Scott and Ozzy Osbourne, is nominated for favourite male pop/rock artist, favourite rap/hip-hop artist, favourite rap/hip-hop album for “Hollywood’s Bleeding” and favourite rap/hip-hop song for “Wow.” His massive hit with Swae Lee, “Sunflower” from the Oscar-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” is up for favourite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year.
Swift will compete for favourite female pop/rock artist, favourite adult contemporary artist, favourite pop/rock album for “Lover” and favourite music video for her equal rights anthem, “You Need to Calm Down.”
Lizzo, Eilish and Lil Nas X — who also scored six Grammy nominations — are up for new artist of the year along with Ella Mai and Luke Combs.
Tune in to the awards which airs live on ABC and CityTV at 5:00 p.m.
Files from The Associated Press