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Gigi Hadid attends the AMA's where boyfriend Zayn Malik is nominated for Best New Artist of the Year AFP/Getty

As the red carpet hots up with early arrivals at the American Music Awards, music stars are preparing for a night of spectacular collaborations and back-slapping.

Hosted by supermodel Gigi Hadid and comedian Jay Pharoah, the evening will feature performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Green Day, Niall Horan, John Legend, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd.

The singing stars of the moment took to Twitter to give a sneak-peak into the preparations and the all-important red-carpet outfits as they anticipated their big entrance.

Host Gigi Hadid was an early arrival. Dressed in white lace from head-to-toe, all eyes will be on the supermodel as boyfriend Zayn Malik is nominated for Best New Act of the Year.

The model of the moment promised she wouldn't be "the embarassing girlfrined" on her boyfriend's big night.

Zayn's ex-bandmate Niall Horan also made a striking entrance on the red carpet, cutting a stylish figure in a smart, checked suit. The new solo star will be perfroming his debut single, This Town.

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New solo star Niall Horan made a style statement in a smart checked suit AFP/Getty

Justin Bieber, who will be performing live from his Purpose tour, sent his army of Beliebers a helpful reminder in a tweet. Meanwhile, Canadian singing sensation Shawn Mendes, who is in the runnings for Best New Act of the Year treated his fans to a livestream Q&A ahead of the event.

But it looks like it will be Drake's night one way or the other. The singer has 13 nominations setting a new AMA record for the most nominations in a single year, even surpassing Michael Jackson's 11 nominations in 1984.

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Actress Bailee Madison wears a slinky red dress to the American Music Awards 2016. AFP/Getty

His ex, Rihanna, follows closely behind with seven nominations, while British singer Adele and Justin Bieber have five each, and Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers have each received four nominations.

Joe Jonas, whose band DNCE is up for two awards said the acknowledgement was "overwhelming".

"You obviously make music because it's what's from your heart, but also you want to get out there and perform for this audience and the fans that vote and show up to shows and wait outside in the freezing cold to say hi," he said. "It's why we do it."

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Lauren Giraldo arrives for the 2016 American Music Awards in an embellished bodysuit with a sheer train AFP/Getty

A highlight on the night will be the "special duets" by Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar, and The Chainsmokers with Halsey.

The American Music Award of Merit honoree Sting will also take the stage to perform at this year's awards

The AMAs will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

List of nominees:

Artist of the Year



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

New Artist of the Year Un-Leashed By T-Mobile

Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes


Collaboration of the Year

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya "Don't Let Me Down"

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $Ign "Work From Home"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"

Tour of the Year



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Video of the Year

Justin Bieber "Sorry"

Desiigner "Panda"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Justin Bieber


The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock


Selena Gomez


Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock

The Chainsmokers


Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Adele "25"

Justin Bieber "Purpose"

Drake "Views"

Favorite Song- Pop/Rock

Adele "Hello"

Justin Bieber "Love Yourself"

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Favorite Male Artist – Country

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist – Country

Kelsea Ballerini


Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group – Country

Zac Brown Band

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

Favorite Album - Country

Luke Bryan "Kill The Lights"

Chris Stapleton "Traveller"

Carrie Underwood "Storyteller"

Favorite Song - Country

Florida Georgia Line "H.O.L.Y"

Tim Mcgraw "Humble And Kind"

Thomas Rhett "Die A Happy Man"

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop


Fetty Wap


Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop

Drake "Views"

Drake & Future "What A Time To Be Alive"

Fetty Wap "Fetty Wap"

Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop

Desiigner "Panda"

Drake "Hotline Bling"

Fetty Wap "679"

Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Chris Brown

Bryson Tiller

The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B


Janet Jackson


Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"

Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock


Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary


Rachel Platten

Meghan Trainor

Favorite Artist - Latin

J Balvin

Enrique Iglesias

Nicky Jam

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational

Lauren Daigle

Hillsong United

Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (Edm)

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

Top Soundtrack

Purple Rain

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