FIRST-TIME NOMINEE THE WEEKND TO PERFORM "THE HILLS" AT THE "2015 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS"
Jennifer Lopez Will Host the Live Broadcast
on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd at 8:00 p.m., ET on ABC
dick clark productions and ABC announced today that The Weeknd will perform at the "2015 American Music Awards," the world's biggest fan-voted award show. The Weeknd, a first-time AMA nominee, will debut his hit song "The Hills," marking his first full performance on the AMAs. He joins previously announced host and performer Jennifer Lopez, as well as 5 Seconds of Summer, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, WALK THE MOON, duets from Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, and the legendary Star Wars score to be performed by pop super group Pentatonix and a full symphony orchestra. The "2015 American Music Awards" will broadcast live on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 8:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
The Weeknd is nominated this year in the categories of Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's, Song of the Year, Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B. He is tied with Ed Sheeran for the second-highest number of nominations at this year's show.
The Weeknd's path to Beauty Behind The Madness has defied all conventions. He avoided revealing his face until over a year after he released his very first song online. The story itself is now legendary. In 2011, he released an untouchable series of three critically revered free mixtapes - House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence - and the internet exploded with praise and a whole lot of theories about him as he personally remained silent. Soon though, his reach and appeal exponentially expanded. He teamed up with Ariana Grande for the platinum-selling hit "Love Me Harder." He then had the mainstream completely in his grip with the release of "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" in early 2015. The first release from the chart-dominating, platinum Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture soundtrack became a triple-platinum smash that enjoyed 27 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100. "Can't Feel My Face" formally ushered in Beauty Behind The Madness. The song quickly shot to #1 on iTunes worldwide, and within weeks it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beauty Behind The Madness went gold just two weeks after being released. In addition, "The Hills" has officially been certified 5x platinum as recognized by the RIAA.
The Weeknd has also become a touring force. The 2014 King Of The Fall Tour sold out all dates, and since then The Weeknd's festival appearances, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and HARD Summer, have drawn massive crowds.
To help fans express their passion and excitement for the show, the American Music Awards and Twitter are launching custom Twitter emojis for all performers. All performers will have featured Twitter emojis to celebrate their appearances as they are announced. Viewers will be able to activate the Twitter emojis by Tweeting any of following hashtags from today through the end of the show on November 22:
· The Weeknd: #TheWeekndAMAs
Already announced performer Twitter emojis include 5 Seconds of Summer (#5SOSonAMAs), Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild (#LukeKarenAMAs), Coldplay (#ColdplayAMAs), Selena Gomez (#RevivalAMAs), Ariana Grande (#AriAMAs), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (#MandRLonAMAs), Nick Jonas (#NickJonasAMAs), Demi Lovato (#DemiOnAMAs), One Direction (#AMAs1D), Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor (#MeghanCharlieAMAs), Gwen Stefani (#GwenOnAMAs), Carrie Underwood (#CarrieOnAMAs), WALK THE MOON (#WTMonAMAs), Star Wars (#StarWarsAMAs) and Pentatonix (#PTXonAMAs). Additional Twitter emojis will be available soon.
Taylor Swift leads the "2015 American Music Award" nominations with six nominations. Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tie with five nominations each while Sam Hunt, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and WALK THE MOON earn three nominations each. Additionally, Jason Aldean, Chris Brown, Luke Bryan, Drake, Fetty Wap, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, One Direction, Charlie Puth, Rihanna, Mark Ronson and Wiz Khalifa each receive two nominations.
For a full list of nominees please visit http://www.theamas.com/2015-nominees/
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting for all categories except New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's, Artist of the Year and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile is now closed. Here are the remaining voting windows:
· November 12 (12:01 a.m., ET) - November 19 (11:59 p.m., ET)
· Voting period for the top five Artist of the Year nominees
· Note: The Artist of the Year winner will be determined by the total votes received through the entire voting period
· November 1 (12:01 a.m., ET) - November 22 (9:00 p.m., ET)
· Voting period for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile
For Artist of the Year, fans can vote once per day per platform. For New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, fans can vote 100 times per day per platform. Here are the ways you can vote:
· Via AMAvote.com
· Voting available for the remaining three categories
· Via Facebook
· Artist of the Year ONLY - Posting a status that includes the nominee's name and the category's hashtag (#aoty) within the post
· Via Twitter
· Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's: A Tweet that includes the nominee's name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s)
· Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile: A Tweet that includes the collaboration title, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s)
For more information on how to vote, please visit http://www.theamas.com/vote/voting-faq/
As always at the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM, Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's, Song of The Year, Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile and Artist of the Year.
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The data covers the reporting period of September 15, 2014 to September 13, 2015.
Preceding the ABC broadcast for the 7th-consecutive year will be the "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2015 AMAs" pre-show. Live coverage will stream online for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 p.m., ET / 2:00 p.m., PT on November 22nd on Yahoo, this year's official digital distributor of the American Music Awards pre-show. The live stream can also be watched at TheAMAs.com and ABC.com.
The "2015 American Music Awards" sponsors and partners include Coca-Cola, Cumulus Media / WestwoodOne, Kohl's, Music Choice, Samsung, Shazam, T-Mobile, Time Warner Cable and Yahoo.
The "2015 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.
For the latest American Music Awards news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the AMAs on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.
To search the American Music Award database for past winners (1974 - 2015) please visit: http://www.theamas.com/winners-database/
Tickets are now on sale at www.axs.com.
About the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards, the world's biggest fan-voted award show, features performances from today's hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the categories of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM, Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's, Song of The Year, Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile and Artist of the Year. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today's most influential and iconic artists. The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.com, www.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.
About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world's largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the "Academy of Country Music Awards," "American Country Countdown Awards," "American Music Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," "Golden Globe Awards," "Hollywood Film Awards" and the "Streamy Awards." Weekly television programming includes "So You Think You Can Dance" from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp; "World's Funniest" from Jukin Media and dcp; as well as "BOOM!" from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group and DC Media, the parent company of dcp. dcp also owns one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.