Pop music superstars Maroon 5 will be joined by platinum-selling artist Kendrick Lamar to perform their hit single, “Don’t Wanna Know” finale at the “2016 American Music Awards.” They join hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, as well as previously announced performers including James Bay, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, special duets from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and “The American Music Award of Merit” honoree and performer Sting. The “2016 American Music Awards,” the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, November 21 at 9:00am (8am JKT/BKK), first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment.
This will be Maroon 5’s fourth time performing at the American Music Awards. They first took the stage in 2004 to perform “Sunday Morning,” followed by “Won’t Go Home Without You” in 2007. At the 2011 AMAs, Maroon 5 took the stage with Christina Aguilera to perform “Moves Like Jagger.” They are 10-time AMA nominees and three-time winners: Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist in 2013 and Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock in 2011 and 2012.
This year will mark Kendrick Lamar’s second American Music Award performance, first taking the stage in 2013 to perform a medley of “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice.” Kendrick Lamar is also a two-time American Music Award nominee.
Maroon 5 have solidified their position as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The band captured their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” in 2005 and have gone on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide. Their releases have also gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. Maroon 5 tallies its 12th Hot 100 top 10 with their newly released smash hit single “Don’t Wanna Know” featuring Kendrick Lamar, making them the most successful group on the charts history. The single also notably entered #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks, scoring the group’s third chart-topping start, and the single also rocketed to #9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in its first week and reached #1 on iTunes.
Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Their third studio album, Hands All Over, featured the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” which climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, as well as claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and has also gone on the become one of the best-selling singles of all time. Maroon 5’s fourth album Overexposed, quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of the collection’s singles rising to the top of Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs chard. To date, the band holds the record for the most #1s – 11 – in the chart’s 20 year history. the charts. In support of the album, Maroon 5 also had one of the year’s highest grossing tours, with over 50 million dollars in ticket sales. The band’s current album, V, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and features the hit singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar,” all of which hit #1 on the Top 40 chart. The music video for the chart topping and GRAMMY- nominated single “Sugar” has logged over 1.5 billion views to date. Maroon 5 is currently on their world tour which kicked off in February 2015. When the tour wraps at the end of 2017, the band will have played over 120 concerts in 30+ countries with more than 2,500,000 fans in attendance.
Platinum-selling, Grammy award winning artist Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar caught the attention of CEO Anthony “TopDawg” Tiffith who immediately signed a young Lamar to his label, Top Dawg EntertainmenBeside fellow Top Dawg Entertainment artists Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q—a group whose members, for the most part, appeared on one another’s mixtapes and t. albums. Overly Dedicated (2010) was the first Kendrick Lamar mixtape and fared well enough to enter Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart that October. His first official album, Section.80 (2011), was released as a digital download the following year and entered the Billboard 200 at number 113. By that point in his career, Lamar’s reputation had been strengthened through guest appearances on dozens of tracks, and he had the support of veteran West Coast stars as well. During a 2011 con- cert, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg dubbed him “The New King of the West Coast,” a notion Dre endorsed more significantly by signing Lamar to the Aftermath label. Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city was released in October 2012 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Three of its singles—“Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Poetic Justice,” and “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”—reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with each one enjoying lengthy stays on playlists of urban U.S. radio stations. More significantly, the album showcased Lamar as an exceptional storyteller capable of making compelling concept albums. When the nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced, Lamar was listed in seven categories, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Lamar remained active during 2013-2014, with touring as well as being sought after for several guest appearances by industry heavy-weights worldwide. In early 2015, he announced that his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, was due in March with tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Thundercat, and George Clinton. A technical accident caused the digital album to be released eight days early, but it immediately earned rave reviews and topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 325,000 copies within its first week and has since been certified platinum. Lamar went on to win five Grammys for Butterfly including Best Rap Album. In 2016 Lamar released untitled unmastered., an album that closed the chapter on the Butterfly sessions. The album went on to top the Billboard 200 album chart.
The nominations for the “2016 American Music Awards” were announced last month, revealing that Drake leads with 13 nominations, while Rihanna received seven and Adele and Justin Bieber received five nominations each. Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Additionally, Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.
The Artist of the Year nominees are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. New Artist of the Year are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes and Zayn.
At the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in multiple musical genres. Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, are some of the genres alongside the awards for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year. This year, new categories include Tour of the Year and Video of the Year, while Favorite Song categories in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop and Soul/R&B have been added in lieu of the Song of the Year category.
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting is now open in all categories.
The “2016 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.
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