Music’s Hottest Night Airs live Nov 20th on ABC
Dick Clark Productions and ABC have announced that award winning actor, producer and musician Wayne Brady will host the 2022 American Music Awards (AMAs) live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20th at 8 pm EST/PST on ABC and streaming the next day on Hulu. For the first time ever, the Whose Line Is It Anyway star and current Dancing with the Stars contestant will take the AMAs stage to usher in music’s hottest night of the year, which will feature showstopping performances and exciting moments highlighting music’s biggest names.
“I’m ecstatic and honored to host this year’s AMAs. As a musician and music lover, it’s amazing to be part of a night where music fans make their voices heard!” Brady says. “It’s a big show, so I’m bringing it all…The funny, the music and the moves!”
Brady is known as a master of improv, actor, dancer, Broadway star and television host. He got his start as a sketch comedy performer on shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? and ABC’s The Wayne Brady Show. A true entertainer at heart, Brady is sure to bring his diverse talents to the AMAs stage alongside the world’s favorite musicians.
Brady will join a long lineage of global comedic stars taking the AMAs stage – Cedric the Entertainer, Jimmy Kimmel, Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross and Norm McDonald to name a few, as well as last year’s host Cardi B.
Nominees were unveiled last week with reigning Favorite Male Latin Artist Bad Bunny leading the pact with eight nods, including his first nomination for Artist of the Year. He could tie Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston for the most awards in a single year should he win in all eight categories. Bad Bunny is also up for Favorite Touring Artist, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Male Pop Artist, Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Male Latin Artist, Favorite Latin Album, and Favorite Latin Song.
Powerhouses Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are the most-nominated female artists with six nominations each and will face off in three categories: Artist of The Year, Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album. Drake also earned six nods and is up for the evening’s top honor, Artist of the Year.
More than 40 artists received their first-ever nomination, including Jack Harlow with four, Tems with four, Latto with three, Blackpink, Anitta and Swedish House Mafia with one apiece.
The AMAs represents the year’s top achievements in music determined by the fans, for the fans. Last year’s show stands as the most social telecast of 2021 with 46.5 million interactions, underscoring the role fans play in the annual event. A vibrant night of non-stop music, the AMAs features a powerful lineup featuring first-time collaborations and exclusive world premiere performances from music’s biggest names – from pop to rap, R&B to country, Latin to K-pop – and more, as well as memorable moments that live on in pop culture.
As the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, the AMAs will air globally across a footprint of linear and digital platforms in more than 120 countries and territories.
Fan voting is now open via VoteAMAs.com and Twitter in all award categories, except Favorite K-Pop Artist. Voting for Favorite K-Pop Artist will open on Tuesday, November 1st.
The 2022 American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Nominees are based on key fan interactions – as reflected on the Billboard charts – including streaming, album and song sales, radio airplay, and tour grosses. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partner Luminate, and cover the eligibility period of September 24, 2021, through September 22, 2022.