Written by Giavanna Foster

The 2016 American Music Awards is a must-see global awards show that recognizes today’s most influential and iconic artists. Billboard, Nielsen Entertainment, and Next Big Sound measure fan interactions with today’s biggest music artists. The 2016 American Music Awards will feature A-list performers including Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Niall Horan, Bruno Mars, and Fifth Harmony. This year marks Grande’s fourth AMAs performance.

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Drake and Rihanna are among this year’s AMA standouts. Drake received 13 nominations, while Rihanna earned 7 nominations. To add, Justin Bieber and Adele both received 5 AMA nominations. Drake broke Michael Jackson’s 32-year record for the most AMA nominations this year. Michael Jackson earned 11 nominations in 1984. This year, Drake received 13 nominations at the AMAs. He is the second artist to earn 10+ nominations for an award show this year. Kendrick Lamar received 11 nominations for the 2016 Grammys. Lamar’s collaboration with Swift, “Bad Blood”, earned 2 nominations that included Best Music Video. Drake’s collaboration with Rihanna, “Work”, is up for 3 nominations this year. “Work” is nominated for collaboration of the year, video of the year, and favorite R&B song.

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Justin Bieber is nominated for these AMA categories: Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Song – Country and Video of the Year. This year, Bieber has high chances of becoming one of the biggest AMA champions in history. Bieber’s Purpose is the sixth album to hit the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. Purpose is his 5th album that sold more than a million copies in the U.S. His catchy hit “Sorry” is nominated for Video of the Year. Also, Bieber is nominated for Artist of the Year. With 89.5 million loyal Twitter fans, Bieber is a contender to win at least one of the categories that he earned a nomination for.

The AMAs sent this tweet about Bieber’s potential to become one of the biggest all-time winners:

Niall Horan will be featured as a solo artist at the 2016 American Music Awards. Horan made his American television solo debut with a performance of “This Town” on the Ellen show. See Niall Horan perform “This Town” on YouTube below:

Niall Horan sent this tweet to announce his AMAs performance:

Sting is the recipient of this year’s AMA Merit Award. Sting tweeted about his incredible achievement with gratitude and honor. See the tweet below:

Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah will host the 2016 American Music Awards. This awards show will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will air on ABC this Sunday, November 20, 2016.  It will start at 6PM, PST (pacific standard time). If you’re on the east coast, the AMAs will begin promptly at 8PM, EST (eastern standard time).


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Interested in more @AMAs news? See these links:

AMAs 2016 | Full Nominees List

AMAs 2016 | Full Performers List