Cardi B is giving her first live TV performance since giving birth to her daughter Kulture. She's teaming up with her "I Like It" collaborators J Balvin and Bad Bunny for a performance at the 2018 American Music Awards, which will take place Oct. 9 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It's the first time that the three artists will perform their chart-topping hit "I Like It" together on live TV, and it's also the first time that Cardi B, Balvin and Bad Bunny will perform at the American Music Awards.
Previously announced performers for the show are Mariah Carey, Halsey, Khalid, Benny Blanco, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Halsey, Khalid and Blanco will be performing their hit "Eastside" on the show. Carey is doing the live TV debut of her single "With You," while Malone and Ty Dolla $ign are expected to perform their hit "Psycho."
With eight nominations each, Cardi B and Drake are the leading contenders for the 2018 American Music Awards. J Balvin is nominated for Favorite Artist - Latin. The awards are voted for online by fans. A complete list of nominations can be found here.
ABC will have the U.S. telecast of the show, which will be hosted for the second year in a row by Tracee Ellis Ross. The actress, who currently stars in the ABC comedy series "Black-ish," has added executive producer duties this year for the American Music Awards. The 2018 American Music Awards show is produced by Dick Clark Productions. In addition to Ellis Ross, the show's other executive producers are Barry Adelman and Marc Bracco. Larry Klein is a producer.
Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture in July, bowed out of being the opening act on Bruno Mars' fall 2018 North American tour because she wanted to spend time taking care of her newborn daughter. However, Cardi B has been doing occasional performances since giving birth, such as her surprise appearance for Migos’ song “MotorSport" during Migos' Aug. 25 show opening for Drake at New York City's Madison Square Garden. (Cardi B is married to Offset of Migos.) She's also set to perform at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Sept. 29; Tropicália, a music and taco festival taking place Nov. 3-4 in Long Beach, California (tickets can be purchased here); and at the 2018 Latin American Music Awards, which will be presented in Los Angeles on Oct. 25. Cardi B has a Latin American Music Award nomination for Favorite Crossover Artist. Meanwhile, TMZ Sports has revealed that Cardi B is in talks to be a guest performer during Maroon 5's Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, which takes place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Her guest appearance had been expected since Cardi B is a featured performer on Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," the biggest hit on Maroon 5's current album Red Pill Blues.
Balvin is also on a hot streak this year. He's the top nominee at the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards (which takes place Nov. 15 in Las Vegas) and tied with Ozuna as the leading nominee for the 2018 Latin American Music Awards, which will be presented Oct. 25 in Los Angeles. Bad Bunny is also nominated at both award shows. At the Latin Grammy Awards, Balvin has eight nominations and Bad Bunny has one nod. They share a Best Urban Song nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards for their "Sensualidad" collaboration with Prince Royce. Balvin and Bad Bunny, who are currently on North American tours, are among the nominees for Artist of the Year at the Latin Music Awards, where Balvin has nine nominations and Bad Bunny has five.