Global Superstar Taylor Swift to Open the 2018 American Music Awards

Global Superstar Taylor Swift to Open the 2018 American Music Awards

Dick clark productions and ABC today announced global superstar Taylor Swift is opening the 2018 American Music Awards with a performance of "I Did Something Bad," marking Swift's first awards show performance in nearly three years. A 19-time American Music Award winner, Swift has garnered four 2018 American Music Award nominations and is the current record holder of most wins for Artist of the Year, a category for which she is nominated again this year. Swift joins previously announced performers benny blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Panic! At the Disco, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Carrie Underwood and a moving tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2018 American Music Awards, the world's largest fan-voted awards show, will broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles LIVE TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 at 8|7c on ABC. 

Swift is set to take the stage on the heels of her record-breaking Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour in support of the chart-topping and critically acclaimed album of the same name, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking her fifth leader on the chart. She is nominated for Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock. 

The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting is now open in all categories. For New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One® Savor® Card, Favorite Social Artist presented by Xfinity and Collaboration of the Year, fans can vote for each award 100 times per day, per voting platform in one or both of the ways below. Fans can vote for all other awards once per day, per voting platform. You can cast your votes for the AMAs now by going to voteamas.com or by posting a tweet on Twitter that includes the nominee's name or Twitter handle, the category name, and #AMAs within the tweet.

Voting for New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card and Collaboration of the Year will close on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5:59:59 p.m. PDT, one hour into the live broadcast. Voting for all other categories will close on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 15, 2017, through Aug. 9, 2018. 

YouTube Music is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 American Music Awards. Capital One Savor Card and Subaru of America, Inc. are sponsors of the 2018 American Music Awards. Media partner is Cumulus Media/Westwood One.

The 2018 American Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Tracee Ellis Ross are executive producers. Larry Klein is producer.