Ariana Grande will perform new single “Focus” at AMAs this year
ABC announced today that Ariana Grande will be performing her new single at the “2015 American Music Awards” this year. This will be the grand television debut of Grande’s new single, which is called “Focus.” She joins previously announced host and performer Jennifer Lopez, as well as 5 Seconds of Summer, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, WALK THE MOON, duets from Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and the legendary Star Wars score to be performed by Pentatonix and a full-symphony orchestra. The “2015 American Music Awards” will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
Ariana Grande performed for the first time on the AMA stage in 2013 and took home the title of New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s. In 2014, she performed “Bang, Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. Grande also performed a medley of her hit songs “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder,” joined by The Weeknd. This year, she is nominated in the categories of Artist of the Year and Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock.
Within less than a year, Ariana Grande captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut, Yours Truly, and also with its 2014 follow-up, My Everything. Yours Truly yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, which went double-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the five-times platinum hit “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea. Upon the single’s release, Ariana became “the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week” while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th-highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at #1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks.
During release week, My Everything was #1 on Spotify as Ariana personally rose to #1 on Billboard‘s Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs—”Problem,” “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J—in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. “Bang Bang” went platinum and was Grammy-nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” In 2013, she was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards. Other accolades followed with Ariana winning Favorite Breakout Artist at the “People’s Choice Awards” 2014, the Young Influencer Award at the “iHeartRadio Music Awards,” the Radio Disney Chart Topper Award, Choice Female Artist and Choice Single “Problem” at the 2014 “Teen Choice Awards,” and more. At the 2014 “MTV VMAS,” “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well.
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.
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.