American Music Awards: A pregnant Carrie Underwood, Post Malone's debut, XXXTentacion's posthumous nominations and other things to look forward to

This year's American Music Awards will be bigger and better than ever as Carrie Underwood returns on stage and Post Malone makes his stage debut


                            American Music Awards: A pregnant Carrie Underwood, Post Malone's debut, XXXTentacion's posthumous nominations and other things to look forward to

If the major award functions have disappointed you so far then fret not! The American Music Awards this year is going to be bigger and better than ever.

How? That is because performers at the 2018 AMAs includes Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Also, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, an executive producer of the ceremony, is returning as the show’s host.

“SO NICE, I’M DOING IT TWICE,” the 'Black-ish' actress posted on Instagram to mark her epic return.



 

What better performance to look forward to than seeing a heavily pregnant Underwood take the AMA stage for the first time since 2015. She is set to perform a song hot off her recently released sixth studio album, 'Cry Pretty' and has also been nominated for the favorite female artist in the 'Country' category. The album follows Underwood's six earlier No. 1 releases on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Other performers also might go home with awards as Imagine Dragons is in the race for Artist of the Year in the Favorite Duo or Group, Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock category. Malone is nominated for Artist of the year for favorite collaboration of the year; Favorite male artist, Pop/Rock; Favorite artist, Rap/Hip-hop; Favorite album, rap/hip-hop and favorite song, rap/hip-hop as he makes an AMA stage debut joined by Ty Dolla $ign, to perform 'Psycho.'

Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What we are also most looking forward to is the two posthumous nomination of rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed last June at the age of 20 as he left a motorsports dealership in Florida.

Leading the nominations this time are two rappers of the hour: Drake and Cardi B as they secure eight nominations each. 

The 2018 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 pm EST on ABC.