Dick Clark productions and ABC announced today a very special Star Wars performance that will take place on the “2015 American Music Awards,” the world’s biggest fan-voted award show. Platinum-selling recording artists Pentatonix will perform the legendary Star Wars score, written by John Williams, with a full symphony orchestra. They join previously announced host and performer Jennifer Lopez, as well as 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Carrie Underwood, WALK THE MOON, and duets from Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth. The “2015 American Music Awards” will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.1 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.1 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 9.2 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2. Their latest release,Pentatonix debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Current Albums Chart. The first single, “Can’t Sleep Love” is rising up the charts and has over 13 million views on YouTube. The group also just released an enhanced deluxe version of their platinum selling holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me.
All 7 of their releases have peaked within the Top 5 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart with 6 of those releases reaching the Top 10 or higher on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Most recently, the group received 2 gold certifications for their “Daft Punk” medley and cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” ft. Lindsey Stirling. Their 2014 holiday album – That’s Christmas To Me – sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U. S., which was the 4th best-selling album of 2014. The group released their very first documentary (On My Way Home) which follows the quintet on their sold out 2015 North American Tour featuring behind-the-scenes footage, life performance and the making of their debut studio album, Pentatonix.
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:
Star Wars: #StarWarsAMAs
Already announced performer Twitter emojis include 5 Seconds of Summer (#5SOSonAMAs); Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild (#LukeKarenAMAs); Selena Gomez (#RevivalAMAs); Nick Jonas (#NickJonasAMAs); Demi Lovato (#DemiOnAMAs); One Direction (#AMAs1D); Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth (#MeghanCharlieAMAs); Carrie Underwood (#CarrieonAMAs); and WALK THE MOON (#WTMonAMAs). 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-
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. There are three key voting windows:
- October 13 (9:30am ET) – November 11 (11:59pm ET)
- Voting period for all categories, excluding New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, and initial voting period for the ten Artist of the Year nominees.
- November 12 (12:01am ET) – November 19 (11:59pm ET)
- Voting period for the final 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 (12:01am ET) – November 22 (9:00pm ET)
- Voting period for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile.
Fans can vote for each category once per day per platform with the exception of New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile, for which fans can vote 100 times per day per platform. Here are the ways you can vote:
- Via AMAvote.com – Voting available for all categories
- Posting a status on Facebook that includes the nominee’s name and the category’s hashtag within the post(s) – Voting available for all categories except New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile
- Via Twitter
- All categories except Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile: 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/
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 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT on November 22nd at Yahoo, this year’s official digital distributor of the American Music Awards pre-show. The live stream can also be watched atTheAMAs.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.
Be sure to follow the American Music Awards on social media for video, GIF and photo assets related to the Star Wars/AMAs announcement, including a 12 second video of Pentatonix singing the “Star Wars Main Title.”
Cheat Tweet: Very special @starwars moment to happen at @TheAMAs with a performance by @PTXofficial: bit.ly/
To search the American Music Award database for past winners (1974 – 2015) please visit:http://www.theamas.com/
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.