CHART-TOPPING MUSIC SUPERSTARS IMAGINE DRAGONS & KHALID AND PLATINUM-SELLING SOLO ARTIST NIALL HORAN TO PERFORM AT THE “2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®”
IMAGINE DRAGONS & KHALID COME TOGETHER FOR UNIQUE, FIRST-EVER COLLABORATION
WORLD’S LARGEST FAN-VOTED AWARDS SHOW TO CELEBRATE 45 YEARS OF GIVING FANS THE VERY BEST IN MUSIC
The Live Broadcast Will Air Sunday, November 19th at 8:00pm ET on ABC
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Los Angeles, CA (November 10, 2017) – dick clark productions and ABC announced today that multi-platinum selling band, Imagine Dragons, and multi-platinum artist, Khalid, will collaborate for the first time ever on stage at the “2017 American Music Awards.” Additionally, platinum-selling solo artist, Niall Horan is set to perform. The “2017 American Music Awards,” the world’s largest fan-voted awards show 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, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.
Imagine Dragons first performed at the American Music Awards in 2013, treating fans to their Billboard Hot 100 smash hits “Demons” and “Radioactive,” and returned again in 2014 for their television debut of their platinum selling single “I Bet My Life.” Best-known for crafting stadium-ready anthems, the band took home the award for Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock in both 2013 and 2014 and are nominated again for the same award this year, as well as for Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock. Chart-topping newcomer, Khalid, has taken the music scene by storm this year, having only released his first album, American Teen, in March. His freshman album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, launching the smash Billboard Hot 100 single “Location,” which is nominated this year for Favorite Song – Soul/R&B. Gracing the stage for his second American Music Awards performance as a solo artist, Niall Horan will treat fans to his funk-pop track “Slow Hands,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart and is the second single from Horan’s debut solo album Flicker, which bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Horan is nominated for his first American Music Award as a solo artist in the category of New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile.
Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons first revealed their emotionally charged and inventive sensibilities with a series of independently released EPs that earned them a grassroots following. Signed to KIDinaKORNER/Interscope by hitmaking producer Alex Da Kid, the band greatly expanded their fanbase with the release of their multi-platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time” (featured on the 2012 EP Continued Silence). Since making their full-length debut with 2012’s multi-platinum Night Visions, Imagine Dragons have drawn worldwide adoration for their anthemic yet moody alt-rock. With their past hits also including “Radioactive” (a diamond-selling smash that won Best Rock Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards), Imagine Dragons went on to see Smoke + Mirrors debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart upon its release in early 2015. On their third album Evolve, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, the Grammy Award-winning band shift perspective and take on a brighter but more layered emotional outlook. The album has launched two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Alternative songs chart: “Believer” and “Thunder.” Both tracks also hit the top 10 of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, making Imagine Dragons the only rock act to score two top 10 hits on the chart in 2017. On lead single “Believer,” Imagine Dragons wholly embody the emotional dynamic at the heart of Evolve. With its bold percussive vocals and hip-hop-inspired rhythms, the track offers a testament to gaining strength through adversity. In bringing “Believer” to life, Imagine Dragons joined forces with Swedish production duo Mattman & Robin and carved out a cleaner sound than they’d ever attempted before. In a departure from the largely self-produced Night Visions and its 2015 follow-up Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve finds the band working closely with Mattman & Robin and producers like Joel Little (best known for helming the production of Lorde’s Pure Heroine). Despite the minimalistic approach of Evolve, Imagine Dragons achieve a rich complexity partly informed by their taking time out to recharge. After much soul-searching during a year-long break from touring, the band arrived at a new mindset and ultimately brought a greater sense of openness to their music.
Khalid released “Location” before his high school graduation and it garnered over 1.52 million plays in less than two months, which led to his major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. Khalid’s debut album, American Teen, has received mass critical acclaim with praise from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Billboard, NYLON, and many more. Billboard stated, “…effortlessly excellent…the kid is still so young, but this body of work is beyond his years”. Khalid has also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Today Show, and at this year’s SXSW where he won MTV’s Woodie To Watch Award. Additionally, Khalid embarked on his first-ever headlining tour in both the U.S. and select European cities where he sold-out every single date before the album was even released. In addition to his own headlining tours, Khalid has toured with the likes of Lorde and Travis Scott. He has also been featured on a number of collaborative songs including mega hits “1-800-273-8255” with Logic and Alessia Cara, and “Silence” with Marshmello. Khalid has over one billion streams worldwide across all partners, and he is one of two solo teenagers to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the last 12 months. This summer, Khalid was the face of Forever 21’s Summer Digital Campaign, #F21xMusic, Men’s Line, and was named MTV Push: Artist to Watch for the month of July. He was nominated for a 2017 BET Award for Best New Artist, a Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Location”, he recently won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, and he has been nominated for a 2017 American Music Award for Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for “Location”. He also recently landed on the cover of Billboard’s 2018 Grammy Preview issue. Khalid’s “Location” is officially certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA, and his latest single “Young Dumb & Broke” is now certified Platinum.
Niall Horan’s debut solo album, Flicker (Capitol Records), entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 61 countries. Rolling Stone observed, “[It] unveils a never-before-seen personal side of Horan,” People selected it as one of its Picks of the Week and Entertainment Weekly declared Flicker a “must-listen.” Horan, who has sold over 70 million records as part of the all-conquering One Direction, collaborated with a small team of producers on Flicker, including Julian Bunetta, Jacquire King and Greg Kurstin. “This Town,” the Platinum-certified first single, has earned more than three million track equivalent units globally and combined streams now surpass 450 million worldwide. The follow-up single, “Slow Hands,” went straight to No. 1 in 44 countries and now has more than 820 million combined streams globally. It has been certified Platinum in the U.S. and New Zealand, 4X Platinum in Australia, 3X Platinum in Ireland and Canada and 2X Platinum in The Netherlands. “Slow Hands” reached No. 1 at Top 40 radio in the U.S. Flicker also includes Horan’s latest single, “Too Much To Ask,” and “Seeing Blind,” his duet with country superstar Maren Morris. Horan has been honored with numerous awards in 2017, including People’s Choice, Teen Choice, Radio Disney Music and iHeartRadio MMVA awards. His 2018 Flicker World Tour will see him performing to crowds in Europe, North America, South America and Australasia.
As previously announced, music legend, Diana Ross, will take the stage for a rare performance at the “2017 American Music Awards” and will be honored with the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.” Christina Aguilera will pay tribute to Whitney Houston and music from “The Bodyguard” with a performance in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, which falls on the same week as the awards ceremony. Other previously announced performers include BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and P!NK.
Nominations for the “2017 American Music Awards” were announced earlier this month. Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each, while Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each. Additionally, Keith Urban earned three nominations, and Rihanna and Halsey earned two nominations each.
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting is now open in all categories. Fans are able to vote using the following methods:
For New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, fans can vote for each award 100 times per day, per voting platform in one or both of the ways above. Fans can vote for all other awards once per day, per voting platform.
The Artist of the Year nominees are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, November 16 at 8:59:59pm PT. Voting for all other editorial categories closes on Monday, November 13 at 8:59:59am PT. Voting for New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity will close on Sunday, November 19 at 5:59:59pm PT, one hour into the live broadcast.
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 eligibility period for the “2017 American Music Awards” was September 9, 2016 to September 14, 2017.
Sponsors for the “2017 American Music Awards” include Comcast’s Xfinity, Security Benefit and T-Mobile. Media partners include Cumulus Media/Westwood One and Music Choice.
The “2017 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.
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The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted award show, features performances from today’s hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the music genres of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, and the categories of Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile, Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, Tour of The Year and Video of the Year. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists. The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 200 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.com, www.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.
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