Golden Globe Award-Winning Actress Tracee Ellis Ross to Host 2017 American Music Awards

By Scott Strauss | Nov 14th, 2017

dick clark productions and ABC announced today that Golden Globe Award-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross will host the "2017 American Music Awards."

The star of hit ABC comedy series "black-ish" will take the stage to preside over an evening of non-stop musical magic, where Ross' own mother, Diana Ross, will receive the "American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement." The "2017 American Music Awards," the world's largest fan-voted awards show where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene, will celebrate 45 years of music live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 8|7c on ABC.

"I am thrilled to host this special night which honors some of the greatest musical talents in our industry," said Tracee Ellis Ross. "And I'm especially thrilled to host this year when my mother is receiving the 'American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.'"

Tracee Ellis Ross is the star of the hit ABC comedy series "black-ish," which airs Tuesday nights this fall. For her role, Ross won the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Most recently, Ross was nominated for a 2017 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. This followed her 2016 Emmy nomination in the same category. She also received the 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition, Ross was honored and acknowledged at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon receiving the Fierce and Fearless award. Ross is best known for her starring role on the hit sitcom "Girlfriends," which ran for eight seasons on the UPN/CW network.

As previously announced, music legend Diana Ross will take the stage for a rare performance at the "2017 American Music Awards" and will be honored with the "American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement." Christina Aguilera will pay tribute to Whitney Houston and music from "The Bodyguard" with a performance in honor of the film's 25th anniversary, which falls on the same week as the awards ceremony. Other previously announced performers include BTS and Selena Gomez.

Other previously announced performers include Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovatoand P!NK.

Nominations for the "2017 American Music Awards" were announced last month. Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each, while Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each. Additionally, Keith Urban earned three nominations, and Rihanna and Halsey earned two nominations each.

The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting is now open in all categories. 

The Artist of the Year nominees are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8:59:59 p.m. PST. Voting for all other editorial categories closes on Monday, Nov. 13, at 8:59:59 a.m. PST.

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