This year’s American Music Awards will run on a different night, with ABC choosing not to run the event against Thursday Night Football. ABC and dick clark productions confirmed today that the “2018 American Music Awards” will broadcast live on Tuesday, October 9th, making things a little easier on ABC and giving all of us something good to watch on a Tuesday.

Just like previous years, the American Music Awards will honor artists in multiple musical genres, including Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack. The award show also gives out awards for New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Tour of the Year, Video of the Year, and Favorite Song and Artist of the Year. 

ABC’s broadcast of the “2017 American Music Awards” grew by double digits year to year in Total Viewers (+10% – 9.0 million vs. 8.2 million) and drew ABC’s biggest entertainment audience in the Sunday 8:00-11:00 p.m. time slot since “The Oscars®” on Feb. 26, 2017. The American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard’s website, 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.

Last year Bruno Mars took the lead 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 in 2017. Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each, and Keith Urban earned three nominations. Last year’s event took place in November, so fans will get to see their favorite performers live on stage about a month earlier this time around.

The “2018 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.