2018 American Music Awards to Air on New Night

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2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

The 2018 American Music Awards is airing on a new night of the week this year, and a bit earlier than usual.

Since 2003, the ceremony has been held in mid- to late-November, and for the past few years has been taking place on a Sunday evening. But ABC and dick clark productions announced on Feb. 13 that this year's awards show will take place live on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

It's too early for the nominees to be released, but according to the AMA's website, 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."

Last year's show was hosted by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and included performances by Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera and Korean boy band sensation BTS, with Diana Ross accepting the American Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Make sure to tune in! The night is always one to remember.

American Music Awards, Live broadcast, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8/7c, ABC

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