2018 AMAs start time, performers, nominees and everything else you need to know

Are you ready for the 2018 American Music Awards

The awards show will kick off live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday night.

Here’s everything you need to know about the star-studded event.

Where can I watch the show?

Viewers can tune in to ABC on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET to catch the action.

Who is this year’s host?

Tracee Ellis Ross is returning to emcee the show for the second time in a row.

“SO NICE, I’M DOING IT TWICE,” Ross said in a Sept. 5 Instagram post.

Who has the most nominations?

Drake and Cardi B both have 8 nominations — more than any other artist.

This year, the rappers are up against one another in three categories: Favorite Music Video, Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop.

Who is performing?

Taylor Swift is opening the show — which will also feature performances from Twenty One Pilots, Ella Mai, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, Mariah Carey and Carrie Underwood, according to dick clark productions.

You can also expect several paired performances: Shawn Mendes will collaborate with Zedd, and Ciara and Missy Elliot will team up with one another. Producer Benny Blanco is scheduled to perform with singers Khalid and Halsey. Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin are all set to appear together — likely treating fans to their hit “I Like It.”

Rapper Post Malone – who is set to perform alone during the show – will collaborate with Ty Dolla $ign on “Psycho,” the production company said.

The show will also include an Aretha Franklin tribute featuring Gladys Knight and other artists, as well as a Queen tribute from Panic! at the Disco.Who is nominated for Artist of the Year?

Rappers Post Malone and Drake, singers Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons are all up for the prize.

Who is up for New Artist of the Year?

Pop singers Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello, R&B singer Khalid, and Cardi B are among this year’s crop of nominees.

The late rapper XXXTENTACION, who was fatally shot in Florida earlier this year, could also win.

Who is nominated for Collaboration of the Year?

The nominees include Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line (“Meant to Be”), Bruno Mars and Cardi B (“Finesse”) and Camilla Cabello featuring Young Thug (“Havana”).

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (“Rockstar”) are also in the mix, as are Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey (“The Middle”).

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