It will be a family affair for Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2017 American Music Awards. The Black-ish star has been tapped to host the largest fan-voted trophy show during which her mother, Diana Ross, will receive the AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. ABC will air the ceremony live from LA’s Microsoft Theater this Sunday, November 19.
“I am thrilled to host this special night which honors some of the greatest musical talents in our industry,” said Ross. “And I’m especially thrilled to host this year when my mother is receiving the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.”
As previously announced, honoree Ross will take the stage for a rare performance at the AMAs. Christina Aguilera also will pay tribute to Whitney Houston and music from The Bodyguard with a performance in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, which falls on the same week as the awards ceremony. Other previously announced performers include BTS, Alessia Cara & Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Niall Horan, Imagine Dragons & Khalid, Demi Lovato, Pink and Portugal.
Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each, while Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each.
The 2017 American Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are executive producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are producers.