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Drama, Performances & More: What To Expect At The 2018 American Music Awards

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The American Music Awards are just hours away and it’s sure to be a show to remember. Aside from the amazing list of performers and nominees (we’ll get back to that later) Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj will BOTH be in the building.

The Drama

This will be the first time the two will see each other since their infamous fight in September at a NYFW after party. So will their be drama? We know there is definitely “Bad Blood” ( in our Taylor Swift voice). Just take a read at Cardi’s recent interview with W Magazine. In it she doubles down on her claims that Minaj liked a post trashing her as a mother. Minaj admittedly denies it.

Now we’ll be sitting back with our popcorn and Pepsi waiting to see what the ladies do.  According to TMZ neither Cardi’s team nor Nicki’s made any special request to avoid each other. Cardi is nominated for eight awards and is slated to perform. No word on if Minaj will be taking the stage.

Alright now back to the who else is performing.

The Performers

Taylor Swift will make her big return to an award show stage after a three-year hiatus with a performance of “I Did Something Bad” off her Reputation album.

The long list of performers also includes Carrie Underwood, Cardi B, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign, Mariah Carey, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Ciara with Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Panic! at the Disco, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes with Zedd, Jennifer Lopez, Ella Mai and Twenty One Pilots.

Special Tribute

The American Music Awards plans to pay tribute to the late and legendary Aretha Franklin. It will be the first musical awards show tribute. We’re not counting whatever that was Madonna did at the VMA’s.

The AMA tribute will feature Mary Mary, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Cece Winans, and Donnie McClurkin and will be produced by Rickey Minor.

The Host

Tracee Ellis Ross is back at the helm for this year’s show and has stated that she’s trying “something new” for the opening monologue — a performance instead!

“You dial up your compassion, you turn down the judgment and you imagine me as your child, your best friend or your auntie and you are rooting for me,” the Black-ish star told E! News.

Ross also serves as an executive producer of the show.

The Presenters

Everyone from Lenny Kravitz, Macaulay Culkin and Sara Gilbert to Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Taran Killam and Leighton Meester will take the stage.

Also set to present accolades are Heidi Klum, Busy Philipps, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson-Ross, John Stamos, Kelsea Ballerini, Tyra Banks, Kane Brown, Chloe x Halle, Lauren Daigle, Billy Eichner, Kathryn Hahn, Liza Koshy, Normani, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers, Constance Wu and the cast of “Bohemian Rhapsody” including Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee.

The Nominees

With eight nominations each, Drake and Cardi B are tied for first place. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Post Malone are also front-runners. Competition will also be fierce for the artist of the year award with Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Sheeran and Swift all nominated in the category.

The American Music Awards will air on ABC Tuesday, October 9, at 8 p.m. ET.

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