Taylor Swift has been confirmed to open the 2018 American Music Awards. The singer made the announcement on Tuesday, 2 October on ABC’s Good Morning America. This is her first awards show performance in nearly three years.
Dick Clark Productions says the star will perform ‘I Did Something Bad,’ from her Reputation album. The song is the fourth single to be taken from Swift’s multi-platinum album, after ‘Look What You Made Me Do,’ ‘End Game’ (feat. Future and Ed Sheeran) and ‘Delicate.’ Swift, a 19-time AMA winner, will compete for artist of the year alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.
Rap is dominating this year’s awards. Drake and Cardi B have eight nominations each. Sheeran and Malone each earned six nominations, while Camila Cabello is up for five honors. The fan-voted AMAs will air live on ABC on 9 October from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The show will also feature Panic! At The Disco paying tribute to Queen with a performance of the rock band’s iconic hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Swift and Disco join previously-announced performers including Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid, as well as Mariah Carey, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Carrie Underwood, first-time AMA nominee Dua Lipa and Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Tracee Ellis Ross will host the show, which will also include a tribute to late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin featuring by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans (with musical director Ricky Minor).
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. From Pop and Rock, to Country, Hip Hop and beyond, this year’s show will celebrate some of the best moments in music with appearances by today’s brightest stars and live performances from the biggest names in the industry.
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