Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Oscar and Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winning actor, writer and producer Cookie Lyons, aka Taraji P. Henson, will host the "2020 American Music Awards" (AMAs) live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Nov. 22 and airing at 8 p.m.(ET/PT) on ABC.

In her AMA hosting debut, Henson will take the stage to usher in music's hottest night of the year, which will feature dynamic performances and moments representing music's vibrant community.

"The AMAs bring together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists - the fans," said Henson. "I'm proud to take the stage as this year's host - and also a fan - for what promises to be an electrifying night of music."

Henson has delighted audiences for years through a variety of roles that showcase her artistic range including the hit musical drama "Empire," for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards; and iconic film roles including the Academy Award-nominated film "Hidden Figures" and her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed "Hustle & Flow." In addition to many iconic characters and performances, she is the New York Times bestselling author of "Around the Way Girl," a memoir about her family and friends, her determination to make it to Hollywood and the importance of living your own truth.

She launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father to provide scholarships to African American students majoring in mental health, offer mental health services to youth in urban schools, and work to lower the recidivism rates of African American men and women. Henson will shine a spotlight on mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch. She is currently developing an "Empire" spinoff with her production company, TPH Entertainment, as part of her first-look deal with 20th Television.
Her new Apple podcast series, "Jacked," focused on the story behind the new jack swing music era, will premiere on Nov. 17.

This year's nominees include two-time AMA winner The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch, both of whom snagged eight nominations, leading all of this year's nominees; and both earning a nomination for the night's most coveted award, Artist of the Year. First-time nominee Megan Thee Stallion earned five nominations, becoming the most-nominated female artist this year, including nods in the New Artist of the Year and Collaboration of the Year categories.
And in a six-way tie, Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and first-time nominees DaBaby and Doja Cat all earned four nominations each.

Global superstar and two-time nominee Dua Lipa will perform at this year's show and she snagged a nomination for “Favorite Female Artist” in the pop/rock category.
The American Music Awards, the world's largest fan-voted award show, is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

Nominees are based on key fan interactions - as reflected on the Billboard charts - including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 27, 2019, through Sept. 24, 2020. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans.
Voting is now open for all AMA categories. Fans can access the official voting ballot for the AMAs directly by visiting

Take A Look At The Complete List Of The American Music Awards Nominees.

Artist of the Year:
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year:
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion

Collaboration of the Year:
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage Remix”

Favorite Social Artist:
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
NCT 127

Favorite Music Video:
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift, “cardigan”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock:
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock:
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favorite Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock:
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock:
Harry Styles, “Fine Line”
Taylor Swift, “folklore”
The Weeknd, “After Hours”

Favorite Song -- Pop/Rock:
Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone, “Circles”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Favorite Male Artist – Country:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

Favorite Female Artist – Country:
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Favorite Duo or Group – Country:
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Favorite Album – Country:
Luke Combs, “What You See Is What You Get”
Blake Shelton, “Fully Loaded: God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen, “If I Know Me”

Favorite Song – Country:
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris, “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani), “Nobody But You”

Favorite Male Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop:
Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch

Favorite Female Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop:
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop:
Lil Baby, “My Turn”
Lil Uzi Vert, “Eternal Atake”
Roddy Ricch, “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”

Favorite Song -- Rap/Hip-Hop:
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B:
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat
Summer Walker

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Doja Cat, “Hot Pink”
Summer Walker, “Over It”
The Weeknd, “After Hours”

Favorite Song -- Soul/R&B:
Chris Brown ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
Summer Walker, “Playing Games”
The Weeknd, “Heartless”

Favorite Male Artist – Latin:
Bad Bunny
J Balvin

Favorite Female Artist – Latin:
Becky G

Favorite Album – Latin:
Anuel AA, ”Emmanuel”
Bad Bunny, “Las que no iban a salir”
Bad Bunny, “YHLQMDLG”

Favorite Song – Latin:
Bad Bunny, “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”

Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock:
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots

Favorite Artist -- Adult Contemporary:
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

Favorite Artist--Contemporary Inspirational:
Lauren Daigle
Kanye West

Favorite Artist--Electronic Dance Music (EDM):
Lady Gaga

Favorite Soundtrack:
"Birds of Prey: The Album"
"Frozen II"
"Trolls: World Tour"

Editor’s Note: Don't miss the world’s largest fan-voted award show The 2020 American Music Awards Nov. 22 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

The "2020 American Music Awards" is produced by dick clark productions. Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Larry Klein is producer.

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