Nelly is set to perform three songs from his blockbuster 2000 album, Country Grammar: “Hot S**t (Country Grammar),” “E.I.” and “Ride Wit Me.” All three songs made the top 15 on the Hot 100. Country Grammar topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. Like BBD, Nelly is a three-time AMA winner.
These bookings show the influence of the surprise hit Verzuz, which has demonstrated the degree of fan interest in vintage R&B and hip-hop.
Two current hip-hop superstars, Lil Baby and Megan Thee Stallion, will also appear on the show. The number of rap/hip-hop categories on the AMAs jumped from three to four this year, reflecting the music’s sustained popularity. (The number of Latin categories surged from one to four, reflecting that genre’s explosive growth in recent years.)
Nominations are based on key fan interactions, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 27, 2019, through Sept. 24, 2020. The winners are determined entirely by fans.
The 2020 American Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC Entertainment, the same company that owns Billboard. Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Larry Klein is producer.
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