Tracee Ellis Ross Returns as Host for the 2018 American Music Awards

By Mike Krolak | Sep 7th, 2018

Tracee Ellis Ross Returns as Host for the 2018 American Music Awards

World's Largest Fan-Voted Awards Show to Air Live

  Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, on ABC

dick clark productions and ABC announced today that Golden Globe® Award winner and Emmy® nominee Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC's hit comedy black-ish, will return as host and an executive producer for the 2018 American Music Awards. Known for her love of music, impeccable comedic timing and bold sense of style, Ross will once again take the stage to preside over an evening of nonstop musical magic and unforgettable moments. The 2018 American Music Awards, the world's largest fan-voted awards show, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, on ABC.

Tracee Ellis Ross is the star of the hit ABC comedy series black-ish, which is entering its fifth season, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 16. 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 2015 and 2016 Emmy nominations 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 known for her starring role on the hit sitcom Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons on the UPN/CW Network.

Nominations for the 2018 American Music Awards will be announced live by Kane Brown, Ella Mai, Normani and Bebe Rexha on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles.  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, 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.

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.