Tracee Ellis Ross Returning to Host 2018 American Music Awards

Black-ish star will emcee for a second consecutive year

By McKenna Aiello Sep 05, 2018 1:00 PMTags
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Tracee Ellis Ross—and her countless wardrobe changes—are headed back to the American Music Awards!

ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced Wednesday that the Black-ish star will return to host the annual ceremony for a second consecutive year. The world's largest fan-voted awards show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

And in a week from today, a live nominations ceremony will be held at YouTube Space L.A. Celebs expected to unveil this year's crop of well-deserving nominees include NormaniBebe RexhaElla Mai and Kane Brown. (For those not in the know, nominations are decided on fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring.) 

During last year's star-studded gathering, Tracee paid special tribute to mom Diana Ross, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Tracee Ellis Ross' 2017 American Music Awards Style
Watch: Tracee Ellis Ross on Honoring Mom Diana Ross at 2017 AMAs

"It's extra special," the actress told E! News of their mother-daughter moment. "It just feels like sort of a perfect mish-mosh of the right things, you know? Like the planets aligned, I couldn't have planned that."

Other major jaw-droppers from the 2017 American Music Awards included Selena Gomez's first live performance in over a year as well as Christina Aguilera's unforgettable tribute to Whitney Houston in honor of The Bodyguard's 25th anniversary. 

We can't wait to see what Tracee brings to the American Music Awards this time around!