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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 American Music Awards

By Gabrielle Bernardini

The 2018 American Music Awards were already going to be a must-watch event, but then it was announced that Taylor Swift would be ending her three-year TV hiatus on the stage. Expected to perform her hit "I Did Something Bad," fresh off her Reputation tour, Taylor's big return will kick off the awards show that, in our opinion, is extremely underrated. Seriously guys, it's hosted by the one and only Tracee Ellis Ross. What else do you need?!

Along with an amazing host, the nominees are also the best of the best. Just look at the star power competing for the coveted Artist of the Year award — Drake, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, AND Post Malone. Cardi B will also be making her first major performance since the birth of her daughter Kulture, performing her hit "I Like It" with J Balvin and Bad Bunny. Plus, Jennifer Lopez will debut a brand new single from her upcoming feature film, Second Act, and Panic! At The Disco will pay tribute to Queen with a performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody."  

And so much more. Following Madonna's less-than-impressive tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs, the American Music Awards tapped "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight to honor the late "Queen of Soul," which we know will be trending on social media. So, what else do you need to know about the show before tuning in? Keep scrolling for all the details: