For the second year in a row, Trace Ellis Ross is hosting the American Music Awards, which takes place this year on Oct. 9 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. ABC will have the U.S. telecast of the show. Ellis Ross currently stars in the ABC comedy series "Black-ish." Tickets for the show can be purchased here.
Ellis Ross hosting the AMAs for the second year in a row is a little like history repeating itself and a family tradition. Her mother, Diana Ross, also hosted the AMAs for two consecutive years: in 1986 and 1987. Ross performed and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 American Music Awards.
The 2018 American Music Awards show is produced by Dick Clark Productions. In addition to hosting the 2018 American Music Awards, Ellis Ross will be one of the show's executive producers, along with Mark Bracco and Barry Adelman. Larry Klein is a producer.
The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by the public. Nominations are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. Nominees eligible for the 2018 American Music Awards those who had new music released from Sept.15, 2017, through Aug. 2, 2018. Nominations will be announced by Kane Brown, Ella Mai, Normani and Bebe Rexha on Sept. 12, from YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles. The show's host, performers and presenters are usually announced several days after the nominations.
As previously announced, the American Music Awards show has teamed up with YouTube Music for a multi-year deal that goes into effect for the 2018 AMAs. Details are to be announced on how YouTube Music will be integrated into the AMAs.
The 2017 American Music Awards also had artist collaborations across diverse music genres: Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt teamed up for "Let Me Go." Khalid and Imagine Dragons joined forces for "Young Dumb and Broke" and "Thunder." Selena Gomez and Marshmello performed "Wolves" together. Alessia Cara and Zedd performed "Stay", while Macklemore and Skylar Grey duetted on "Glorious."
Ellis Ross, who has her own fashion line at JCPenney, made headlines and got positive reviews for her hosting skills and her numerous outfit changes before and during the 2017 American Music Awards. (She wore 12 outfits, including a red sequined Stella McCartney gown on the red carpet.) People called Ellis Ross's AMAs fashion statements "amazing, over-the-top outfits worthy of their own awards." Elle declared that "every outfit the 'Black-ish' star wore outshone the last." Meanwhile, Glamour stated that Ellis Ross is "the ideal award show host" with "the right combination of charisma, comedic timing and energy to keep us tuned in for a three-hour-plus program, but she can also slay multiple outfit changes like it's nothing."
“You know I love clothes. I’m a style girl, I’m a fashion girl,” Ellis Ross told People in a 2017 interview about prepping for the show. “Often I dress myself but for occasions like this I work with the extraordinary [stylist] Karla Welsh, and she and I have been cooking up a storm.” In another 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ellis Ross talked getting ready for the AMAs: "There's a lot of stretching, trying to get as much sleep as possible and a little bit of a facial massage, and [I'm] doing it myself of course, I'm not asking anyone else to massage my face ... It's important to have a lot of blood flow for hosting TV."