Mariah Carey, Halsey, Khalid plus hitmaking producer and songwriter Benny Blanco are in the second group of announced performers at the 2018 American Music Awards, which will take place on Oct. 9 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Previously announced performers are Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Tickets for the show can be purchased 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.
With eight nominations each, Drake and Cardi B are the leading contenders for the 2018 American Music Awards. A complete list of nominations can be found here. The awards are voted for online by fans.
At the American Music Awards, Carey will perform the world premiere of her song "With You." It will be her first American Music Awards performance since 2008. Carey's American Music Awards appearance is one of the few U.S. performances that Carey is doing outside of her Las Vegas residency. On Sept. 21, she was one of the artists who performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. She is also continuing her world tour this year. The Grammy-winning superstar recently released the single "GTFO." "With You" and "GTFO" are expected to be on her 15th studio album, whose title and release date are to be announced. It will be the first album under the deal that she signed with Sony Music's Epic Records in 2017 to release music under her newly created Butterfly MC label.
Grammy winner Blanco, Halsey and Khalid are teaming up to perform their hit "Eastside" on the American Music Awards.
Halsey has been on a world tour this year for her 2017 album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. She's also been busy with movie projects. She was the voice of Wonder Woman in the 2018 animated film "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,: and she recently revealed that she has a cameo in Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is Born," which arrives in cinemas on Oct. 5. Halsey tweeted, "Thank you so so much to Gaga and Bradley for including me. It was an honor to watch both of your talent and dedication on set. an all-time life highlight for me for sure." As previously reported, Halsey is working with Sony Pictures to star in a biopic about her life.
Khalid has four American Music Award nominations this year: New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card; Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B; Favorite Album – Soul/R&B, for American Teen; and Favorite Song – Soul/R&B, for "Young Dumb & Broke." After the American Music Awards, Khalid has a select number of U.S. concert dates, such as the second weekend of the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas on Oct. 12-14, followed by 97.1 AMP Radio's sixth annual We Can Survive all-star benefit show Oct. 20 in Los Angeles. The concert raises funds for the Young Survival Coalition for young women with breast cancer. He then heads to Asia for a tour that begins Oct. 25 in Seoul and ends Nov. 11 in Hong Kong.