2018 American Music Award: 3 performances we can't wait to see at The AMAs

Posted at 3:05 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 18:05:29-04

The American Music Awards are Tuesday night.

"Black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross returns to host the show. Who will take home the award for "Artist of the Year", "New Artist of the Year", and "Music Video of the Year"?

We'll have to wait and see.

Before that happens, here are three moments we are looking forward to.


The AMAs will pay tribute to the Queen of Soul during Tuesday's broadcast.

We're told Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will perform a "moving tribute" to the late singer. They will honor the singer's gospel roots and album, Amazing Grace, which was released in 1972.

Franklin won six AMAs during her career, including Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B in 1976, 1977, 1984 and 1986, Favorite Female Video Artist - Soul/R&B in 1986, and Favorite Album - R&B in 1983.

She hosted the show in 1976 and 1983, according to the AMAs. She died in August at the age of 76.


Taylor Swift will open the American Music Awards.

She will perform "I Did Something Bad" off her 2017 album, Reputation album, we're told.

Swift has four nominations this year: Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock. She has won 19 awards over the years. Her first was in 2008.


The singer and actress will perform a new song from her upcoming movie, Second Act, during the American Music Awards.

The last time Lopez performed at the AMAs was in 2014.

Second Act follows Maya, played by Lopez, a 40-year-old woman who is "struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts."

The movie hits theaters Dec. 14, 2018.

Other performers include Carrie Underwood, Twenty One Pilots, Mariah Carey, Cardi B. with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Ciara with Missy Elliott, Post Malone ft. Ty Dollar $ign, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes with Zedd, and Ella Mai.

The AMAs air Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ABC15.