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Lil Baby, Dove Cameron, & Charlie Puth Will Perform At The AMAs

Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, and Taylor are among the many nominees.

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When it comes to the American Music Awards, there’s no such thing as a dull experience. The annual event always brings the glitz, glamour, and endless memorable moments. I mean who can forget when Cardi B flaunted her comedic chops as host at last year’s ceremony, or when Taylor Swift impressively broke the record as the AMAs’ most-awarded artist that same year?

Turns out, Swift might just beat her own record this year. On Oct. 13, the AMAs announced the nominees for their 2022 award show, and it features some of the hottest artists. Latin artist Bad Bunny leads the pack with eight nominations, including his first nod for Artist of the Year. Next up are Swift, Beyoncé, and Drake with six nominations each. The Weeknd, Adele, and Harry Styles are close behind with five nominations each.

This year’s award show also added new categories to their nomination tab, like Favorite K-pop Artist, Favorite Afrobeats Artist, Favorite Rock Song, and Favorite Rock Album. And this is just a small sampling of the many thrilling events planned.

Read below for everything you need to know about the 2022 AMAs.

When Are The 2022 AMAs?

The AMAs will air live on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

What Is The Location Of The 2022 AMAs?

The AMAs will take place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Who Is Hosting The 2022 AMAs?

Actor and singer Wayne Brady will serve as the host for the 2022 AMAs. You may recognize him from comedy shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? or Let’s Make a Deal. He was also the host of The Wayne Brady Show, starred in several Broadway productions, and released two albums.

According to a press release, Brady said he’s “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 said. “It's a big show, so I'm bringing it all...The funny, the music, and the moves!”

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Who Will Receive The Icon Award At The 2022 AMAs?

This year, the AMAs will honor legendary musician Lionel Richie with the Icon Award. According to a press release, the achievement will mark Richie’s 18th American Music Award. It will also make Richie the only artist to ever appear on the AMAs stage in every decade since the show began in 1974.

Who Is Performing At The 2022 AMAs?

On Oct. 31, the AMAs announced its first round of performers. According to a press release, Carrie Underwood will perform her song “Crazy Angels” from her ninth studio album, Denim & Rhinestones. Imagine Dragons will perform with rapper J.I.D. Their collaboration “Enemy” is nominated for Favorite Rock Song.

Meanwhile, P!nk will give her first TV performance of her new single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again.” She’ll also perform a special tribute for Olivia Newton-John, who died in August. Nigerian singer Wizkid will perform at the AMAs for the first time, and so will Nigerian singer Tems. Both are nominated for Favorite Afrobeats Artist. English singer Yola will also perform her song “Break the Bough.”

Steve Wonder and Charlie Puth will perform a medley of Richie’s biggest hits in honor of his Icon Award. They’ll also be joined by Ari Lennox for the tribute.

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Dove Cameron, who is nominated for New Artist of the Year, will also make her AMAs performance debut with her single “Boyfriend.” Meanwhile, Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist nominee Lil Baby will deliver a medley of his singles “California Breeze” and “In a Minute.”

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David Guetta and Bebe Rexha will also join forces to perform their hit single “I’m Good (Blue)” for the first time on U.S. TV. Anitta, who’s up for Favorite Female Latin Artist, will also perform at the AMAs for the first time. She’ll perform her singles “Lobby” and “Envolver.”

Finally, just over a week after dropping her new EP, Anyways, Life’s Great…, on Nov. 11, GloRilla will celebrate the release of her record by making her AMAs debut.

When Does Voting For The 2022 AMAs End?

Fans solely determine who takes home the trophy. Voting for all AMA categories is now open at and through Twitter.

Who Are The 2022 AMAs Nominees?

The 2022 AMAs nomination roster is something serious. Check out the nominees below.

Artist Of The Year

  • Adele
  • Bad Bunny
  • Beyoncé
  • Drake
  • Harry Styles
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

New Artist Of The Year

  • Dove Cameron
  • Latto
  • Måneskin
  • Steve Lacy

Collaboration Of The Year

  • Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast: “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa: “Cold Heart - PNAU Remix”
  • Future ft. Drake & Tems: “WAIT FOR U”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow: “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber: “STAY”

Favorite Touring Artist

  • Bad Bunny
  • Coldplay
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Elton John
  • The Rolling Stones

Favorite Music Video

  • Adele: “Easy On Me”
  • Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone: “Me Porto Bonito”
  • Harry Styles: “As It Was”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow: “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Taylor Swift: “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”

Favorite Male Pop Artist

  • Bad Bunny
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Harry Styles
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Female Pop Artist

  • Adele
  • Beyoncé
  • Doja Cat
  • Lizzo
  • Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop Duo or Group

  • BTS
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Måneskin
  • OneRepublic

Favorite Pop Album

  • Adele: 30
  • Bad Bunny: Un Verano Sin Ti
  • Beyoncé: Renaissance
  • Harry Styles: Harry’s House
  • Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)
  • The Weeknd: Dawn FM

Favorite Pop Song

  • Adele: “Easy On Me”
  • Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast: “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
  • Harry Styles: “As It Was”
  • Lizzo: “About Damn Time”
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber: “STAY”

Favorite Male Country Artist

  • Chris Stapleton
  • Cody Johnson
  • Luke Combs
  • Morgan Wallen
  • Walker Hayes

Favorite Female Country Artist

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lainey Wilson
  • Maren Morris
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Duo or Group

  • Dan + Shay
  • Lady A
  • Old Dominion
  • Parmalee
  • Zac Brown Band

Favorite Country Album

  • Carrie Underwood: Denim & Rhinestones
  • Cody Johnson: Human: The Double Album
  • Luke Combs: Growin’ Up
  • Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)
  • Walker Hayes: Country Stuff: The Album

Favorite Country Song

  • Chris Stapleton: “You Should Probably Leave”
  • Cody Johnson: “’Til You Can’t”
  • Dustin Lynch ft. MacKenzie Porter: “Thinking ‘Bout You”
  • Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan: “Buy Dirt”
  • Morgan Wallen: “Wasted on You”

Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist Female

  • Drake
  • Future
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Baby
  • Lil Durk

Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • GloRilla
  • Latto
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj

Favorite Hip-Hop Album

  • Gunna: DS4EVER
  • Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
  • Lil Durk: 7220
  • Polo G: Hall of Fame 2.0

Favorite Hip-Hop Song

  • Future ft. Drake & Tems: “WAIT FOR U”
  • Jack Harlow: “First Class”
  • Kodak Black: “Super Gremlin”
  • Latto: “Big Energy”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow: “INDUSTRY BABY”

Favorite Male R&B Artist

  • Brent Faiyaz
  • Chris Brown
  • Lucky Daye
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Female R&B Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Doja Cat
  • Muni Long
  • Summer Walker
  • SZA

Favorite R&B Album

  • Beyoncé: Renaissance
  • Drake: Honestly, Nevermind
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak): An Evening with Silk Sonic
  • Summer Walker: Still Over It
  • The Weeknd: Dawn FM

Favorite R&B Song

  • Beyoncé: “BREAK MY SOUL”
  • Muni Long: “Hrs And Hrs”
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak): “Smokin Out The Window”
  • SZA: “I Hate U”
  • Wizkid ft. Tems: “Essence”

Favorite Male Latin Artist

  • Bad Bunny
  • Farruko
  • J Balvin
  • Jhayco
  • Rauw Alejandro

Favorite Female Latin Artist

  • Anitta
  • Becky G
  • Kali Uchis

Favorite Latin Duo or Group

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Calibre 50
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Grupo Firme
  • Yahritza Y Su Esencia

Favorite Latin Album

  • Bad Bunny: Un Verano Sin Ti
  • Farruko: La 167
  • J Balvin: JOSE
  • Rauw Alejandro: Vice Versa

Favorite Latin Song

  • Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone: “Me Porto Bonito”
  • Becky G x KAROL G: “MAMIII”
  • Rauw Alejandro: “Todo de Ti”
  • Sebastián Yatra: “Dos Oruguitas”

Favorite Rock Artist

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Måneskin
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Lumineers

Favorite Rock Song

  • Foo Fighters: “Love Dies Young”
  • Imagine Dragons x JID: “Enemy”
  • Kate Bush: “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”
  • Måneskin: “Beggin’”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Black Summer”

Favorite Rock Album

  • Coldplay: Music of the Spheres
  • Ghost: Impera
  • Imagine Dragons: Mercury – Act 1
  • Machine Gun Kelly: mainstream sellout
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Unlimited Love

Favorite Inspirational Artist

  • Anne Wilson
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Katy Nichole
  • Matthew West
  • Phil Wickham

Favorite Gospel Artist

  • CeCe Winans
  • DOE
  • E. Dewey Smith
  • Maverick City Music
  • Tamela Mann

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist

  • Diplo
  • Marshmello
  • Swedish House Mafia
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Tiësto

Favorite Soundtrack

  • Encanto
  • Sing 2
  • Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4
  • Top Gun: Maverick

Favorite Afrobeats Artist

  • Burna Boy
  • CKay
  • Fireboy DML
  • Tems
  • Wizkid

Favorite K-Pop Artist

  • BTS

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