Imagine Dragons cancel AMA performance

Band was scheduled to perform at the 2018 American Music Awards

Imagine Dragons have canceled their performance at the 2018 American Music Awards (AMAs) on Tuesday (Oct 9th). The group published an apology to social media over the weekend, citing “personal family matter” as the reason for the cancellation.

“[W]e’re very sorry to share that we’re no longer able to perform at this year’s @AMAs due to a personal family matter. [S]ending lots of love to the other performers, and we’ll be there in spirit,” the band tweets.

No replacement has been announced by producers Dick Clark Productions or ABC. Imagine Dragons were among the first performers announced for the annual award show broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9th at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Fans can still expect performances from Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Ella Mai, Twenty One Pilots, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes with Zedd, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Taylor Swift and more. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will pay special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin while Panic! At The Disco pay homage to Queen with a special performance of the award-winning hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The group is also nominated for Artist of the Year along with Drake, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, is 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. 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. Fans can vote for their favorite artist via or posting a tweet on Twitter that includes the nominee’s name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the tweet.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.