dick clark productions and ABC announced today that record-breaking artist Nicki Minaj will take to the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Minaj will perform a single from her new album “The PinkPrint,” alongside guest performer Skylar Grey. She will also join Ariana Grande and Jessie J to perform their mega-hit “Bang Bang.” Minaj joins a star-studded line-up of performers made up of 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Charli XCX, Fergie, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Jessie J, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Magic!, Christina Milian, One Direction, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and the evening’s host, Pitbull. Additional stars slated to present throughout the evening include Uzo Aduba, Jhene Aiko, Elizabeth Banks, Aloe Blacc, Lauren Cohan, Gavin DeGraw, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Becky G, Brantley Gilbert, Danai Gurira, Lucy Hale, Ella Henderson, Julianne Hough, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kira Kazantsev, Heidi Klum, Mary Lambert, Rose McGowan, Danica McKellar, Pat Monahan, Olivia Munn, Kevin O’Leary, Pentatonix, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taylor Schilling and Meghan Trainor. The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress, Nicki Minaj, is currently the most charted female rapper in the history of music. Minaj has sold over 60 million singles as a featured artist alone, 20 million singles as a lead artist and almost 5 million albums worldwide. She is the first female rapper to chart in five countries and have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Nicki ranks in the Top 5 in women with the most Hot 100 entries to date. She led nominations for rap musicians at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards with seven nominations and three wins including “Top Rap Artist,” “Top Streaming Artist” and “Top Rap Album.” Minaj re-released her second studio album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up” in November 2012, seven months after releasing her second studio album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” which debuted number one in five countries including the US. Since then, the album has become one of the best-selling albums of 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her debut studio album, “Pink Friday,” also achieved record-breaking numbers in 2010, by becoming certified Platinum only a month after its release. In addition to her No. 1 US debut, the first-time Grammy Award nominee for best new artist is thriving internationally, snagging the #1 spots in the UK, Japan and Canada and debuting in the Top 5 in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland. With her #1 debut in the UK, Minaj has been named the highest charting solo female rapper in history with the UK’s Official Albums Charts. Minaj’s rapping technique has been hailed by critics. Minaj recently turned to acting, starring in the 20th Century Fox comedy, The Other Woman, opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, which was released on April 25, 2014. She is currently in the recording studio finishing up her third studio album, “The PinkPrint” due for release on December 15, 2014. Her first two singles from this album, “Pills N Potions” and “Anaconda,” were released to rave reviews. Her “Anaconda” debut at number 19 marks her 51st Hot 100 hit, breaking Michael Jackson’s record for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits (Jackson previously held the record at 50)!
Skylar Grey is a five-time GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is responsible for co-writing some of the most memorable songs, totaling more than 25 million singles globally including Diddy’s “Coming Home Part II” and the biggest selling single of 2010: Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which earned her two GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Song and Best Rap Song of the Year. She co-wrote and appeared on Dr. Dre’s “I Need A Doctor,” which she performed alongside Dre and Eminem on the 2011 GRAMMY Awards telecast and received two GRAMMY Award nominations. Skylar teamed up with David Guetta for his track “Shot Me Down”, released earlier this year. She has also written and/or performed on tracks for Moby, Kaskade, Will.i.am, Zedd, and Cee Lo. In the summer of 2013, Skylar released her album, Don’t Look Down. She is currently featured on Nicki Minaj’s single, “Bed of Lies.”
The 2014 American Music Award nominations were announced last month, revealing six nominations for Iggy Azalea–the most of any artist. Other top contenders include John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each earned five nominations, and Lorde who earned four.
As always at the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, Electronic Dance Music, as well as categories for Top Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. For a full list of nominees visit AMAvote.com.
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
The American Music Awards is voted on by the fans. Winners will be determined through online and Twitter voting. Voting began on October 13 for all categories except New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s. Fans can vote once per day at the Coca-Cola AMA voting site, AMAvote.com, as well as once per day via Twitter by including the nominee’s name, category name and #AMAs within a tweet.
Voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s opened on November 1 and will remain open throughout the first hour of the ABC live broadcast on November 23, with the winner being announced in the final hour. Fans can vote via AMAVote.com and Twitter.
Preceding the ABC broadcast for the 6th consecutive year will be the “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 AMAs” pre-show. The show will be hosted by Lance Bass, Chelsea Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Gavin DeGraw, Franke Grande, Taryn Manning, Jordin Sparks, Morgan Stewart and Ted Stryker, and will feature performances by this year’s hottest emerging artists including Becky G, Ella Henderson, Katy Tiz, Mary Lambert and R5. Live coverage will stream online for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT on November 23. The live stream can be watched at ABC.com, TheAMAs.com and yahoo.com.
Once the show starts, the full digital experience kicks into high gear on ABC.com and the WATCH ABC app for smartphones and tablets. Sponsored by Kohl’s®, the “AMAs Backstage Live” on WATCH ABC is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast. Beginning at 8:00 PM ET, WATCH ABC viewers nationwide can choose between four different live feeds that deliver insider viewpoints into all the action happening on the show and backstage: Kohl’s Director’s Cut, Backstage and the Press Room. Verified pay TV viewers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Raleigh-Durham and Philadelphia can also access a live stream of the full awards show as part of WATCH ABC’s regular service. Once aired, the full show will be available on demand via WATCH ABC for 14 days.
The 2014 American Music Awards partners include Cumulus, Music Choice, Time Warner Cable and Yahoo.
The 2014 American Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Co-Executive Producers, and Larry Klein is producer.
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