Dick Clark Productions and ABC have announced that eight-time American Music Award nominee The Weeknd will perform at the 2016 American Music Awards. The news broke via the Facebook page for the American Music Awards, with a superfan getting a tattoo of The Weeknd’s iconic XO logo in an exclusive Facebook Live video.
The Weeknd joins previously announced performers James Bay, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, special duets from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and “The American Music Award of Merit” honoree and performer Sting. The 2016 American Music Awards, the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20th at 8 pm ET on ABC.
The “2016 American Music Awards” marks The Weeknd’s third AMA performance. He first took the stage in 2014 to perform “Love Me Harder” with Ariana Grande, and then in 2015 to perform his hit single “The Hills.” He is a two-time AMA winner and eight-time nominee, including his three nominations at this year’s show: Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock, Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B and Artist of the Year.
The nominations for the 2016 American Music Awards were announced earlier this month, revealing that Drake leads with 13 nominations, while Rihanna received seven and Adele and Justin Bieber received five nominations each. Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Additionally, Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.
The Artist of the Year nominees are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. The ten nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through Monday, November 14th at 8:59:59 am PT. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, November 17th at 8:59:59 pm PT. The winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period.
Nominees for New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes and Zayn. Voting for this category opens November 2nd.
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting is now open in all categories except New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, which will open November 2nd.
- Fans can vote for all categories once per day, per platform in one or both of the below ways. For New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, fans can vote 100 times per day, per platform.
- Via AMAvote.com
- Posting a tweet on Twitter that includes the nominee’s Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s).
Preceding the ABC broadcast for the eighth consecutive year will be the Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2016 AMAs pre-show. This live show will stream online for fans worldwide on November 20th.
The 2016 American Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.