2019 AMAs: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching the Big Show

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The 2019 American Music Awards are taking over Los Angeles tomorrow evening, airing LIVE from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 8PM ET on ABC.

Whether you scored an invite or are hosting a watch party with your friends, tomorrow’s show is expected to be the biggest AMAs yet. With a highly-anticipated performance from Taylor Swift, a star-studded lineup of presenters, nominees and even special guests, the ceremony will feature the world’s biggest artists and pop culture icons who honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene.

To make sure you are fully prepared tomorrow, Celeb Secrets put together a cheat sheet on all things AMAs. From a complete list of celebs walking the red carpet to where to watch and more, this list has got ya covered.

Give us a follow on Twitter at @celebsecrets and IG at @celebsecrets, as we’ll be live tweeting (and Instagramming) the best moments from both the red carpet and the live show. 

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When are the 2019 American Music Awards?

The 2019 American Music Awards air TOMORROW, November 24h @ 8PM ET on ABC, with AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit, the official pre-show for the AMAs kicking off at 6PM ET/3PM PT, on the official American Music Awards Twitter account.

Where can you watch the show?

You can watch the 2019 American Music Awards LIVE on ABC beginning at 8PM ET. The show is taking place at the Microsoft Theater right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

What’s going down on the red carpet? 

The American Music Awards is hosting a one-of-a-kind red carpet special, AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit, exclusively on Twitter, beginning at 6PM ET/3PM PT. Hosted by Sofia Carson, AJ Gibson, Jaymes Vaughan, Lauren Jauregui, Raja Kumari and Nick Viall, fans will be able to watch and participate in the live red carpet experience. Featuring exclusive interviews and a star-studded lineup of nominees, performers and presenters, fans will be able to engage in real-time conversation on the platform as some of the biggest moments of the night unfold.

Who is nominated? 

Post Malone — a two-time AMA winner himself — is the most nominated artist this year with seven total nominations, including Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. Three-time AMA winner, Ariana Grande, and first-time AMA nominee, Billie Eilish, each received six nods including Favorite Music Video, Favorite Social Artist, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock. Lil Nas X and Taylor Swift are tied with five nominations each, followed by Billy Ray CyrusKhalid and Ella Mai with four each.

In addition, nominees for the coveted Artist of the Year category are Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Post Malone and Taylor Swift.

You can view a full list of nominees here.

What about the performers?

The performances at the 2019 AMAs will be the most talked about events of the year. With Taylor Swift performing a medley of both new and old hits for her “Artist of the Decade” honor to Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott’s incredible collaboration, you better be glued to your TV all night to see what will go down.

Additional performances throughout the night will be from Christina Aguilera & A Great Big World, Toni Braxton, Halsey, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Green Day, Jonas Brothers, Kesha feat. Big Freedia, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Thomas Rhett and Shania Twain.

And presenters?

Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King will be doing one of the biggest honors of the evening, as she will be presenting the “Artist of the Decade Award” to Taylor Swift.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to present Taylor with the Artist of the Decade honor,” said King in a statement. “She is an extraordinary songwriter who has cultivated a unique and personal relationship with her audience. As a woman songwriter who also got into the music world at a young age, I know the kind of determination, struggle and single-minded perseverance it has taken for her to reach such heights.”

Additional presenters include Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Tyra Banks, Chadwick Boseman, Kane Brown, Misty Copeland, Rivers Cuomo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan + Shay, Jenna Dewan, David Dobrik, Michael Ealy, Maddie Hasson, Maya Hawke, Jameela Jamil, Jharrel Jerome, Taran Killam, Regina King, Heidi Klum, Katherine Langford, Dan Levy, Megan Thee Stallion, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Pete Wentz and Constance Wu.

Special guests throughout the evening also include X Ambassadors, Blanco Brown, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Meg Donnelly, Andy Grammer, Rich The Kid, Ella Mai, Meek Mill, Agnez Mo, Shiva Safai, Alyson Stoner, Lil Nas X, and many more.

What else do I need to know?

Ciara is headed to the AMAs again this year — but this time she’ll be a host.

Known for her incredible, high-energy performances, including 2018’s show-stopping collaboration with Missy Elliott, and timeless R&B/pop hits, she will once again take the American Music Award’s stage, this time as host, for an evening of incredible music and unforgettable live moments.

Just in case you forgot, make sure to tune in to the 2019 American Music Awards TOMORROW, November 24th @ 8PM ET on ABC! 

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.