The 2018 American Music Awards return to ABC October 9th

Chart-topping artists Kane Brown and Ella Mai, American Music Award winning artist Normani and award winning singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha will announce the 2018 American Music Awards nominations live from YouTube Space LA on Wednesday, September 12th. The event will stream live on the official American Music Awards YouTube channel at 9 am PT, and will include a panel discussion regarding the nominations with Billboard correspondent, Chelsea Briggs, and the presenting talent. The 2018 American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9th at 8 pm ET on ABC.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on, 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 September 15, 2017 through August 9, 2018.

Last year, ABC’s broadcast of the 2017 American Music Awards ranked as the dominant No. 1 entertainment program in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

Despite the substantial competition, the 2017 American Music Awards drew ABC’s biggest entertainment audience in the three hour time period since February 2017 and highest young adult number since May 2017 – since The Oscars on February 26, 2017 and The Billboard Music Awards on May 21, 2017, respectively.

Additionally, the Tracee Ellis Ross-hosted AMAs grew by double digits year to year in Total Viewers and Teens 12-17, while holding even with Adults 18-49.

YouTube Music is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 American Music Awards.