Here’s what you need to know about this Sunday’s American Music Awards.

KiSS Artists taking the stage: Alessia Cara, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, P!nk, Shawn Mendes and more. Visit Billboard for the complete line-up.

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FILE – In this May 28, 2016 file photo, Christina Aguilera performs during a concert at the annual Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat, Morocco. Aguilera will perform a medley of Whitney Houston songs at the American Music Awards on Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo /Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)


Highlights of the event will include: Aguilera’s tribute to Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, mother of host Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) will receive a lifetime achievement award and perform, P!nk and Kelly Clarkson will open the night with a powerful duet.


When it comes to the actual hardware, Bruno Mars is leading with eight nominations, Ed Sheeran is tied with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and the Chainsmokers at five.

Shawn Mendes just came off an awards-show-high winning four European Music Awards (EMAs) for Best Song, Best Artist, Best Canadian Act and Biggest Fans. How will he fare at the AMAs? He is in the running for Favorite Artist (AC) up against Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.

Other Top Category Nominations include:

  • Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran.
  • Video of the Year: Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”, Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee “Despacito” and Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”.
  • Fave Male Artist (pop/rock): Bruno Mars, Drake and Ed Sheeran.
  • Fave Female Artist (pop/rock): Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
  • Fave Duo or Group (pop/rock): The Chainsmokers, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons.
  • Fave Album (pop/rock): Bruno Mars “24K Magic”, Drake “More Life” and The Weeknd “Starboy”.
  • Fave Song (pop/rock): The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey “Closer”, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despecito” and Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”.

Watch the 2017 American Music Awards at 8pm ET Sunday night on ABC.

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