What to expect from the 2017 American Music Awards

PHOTO: Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. PlayDanny Moloshok/Reuters
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The American Music Awards are perhaps best known for their musical performances, and according to this year's host and producers, there'll be no shortage of memorable, touching and even "insane" moments.

The excitement will start right away, with Kelly Clarkson and Pink opening the show with a duet.

"It’s [Clarkson's] 15th anniversary of winning 'American Idol,' so she’s gonna throw it back to her very first hit, as well as doing her newest single," AMA producer Mark Bracco told ABC News. "And then Pink ... is doing something that has never been done before ... and it’s insane in the best possible way."

Selena Gomez's performance of "Wolves" is sure to be a highlight for fans as well. The singer will be taking the stage for the first time since her kidney transplant, and Bracco said that it's bound to be "a very emotional night for her."

Another highlight: Christina Aguilera will sing a medley of songs from Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, released 25 years ago this week.

PHOTO: Christina Aguilera performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Sept. 23, 2016. Fred Watkins/ABC via Getty Images
Christina Aguilera performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Sept. 23, 2016.

"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross hosts the show, and she's most excited for the performance by her mom, the iconic Diana Ross, who will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

"There’s so much of an emphasis on youth, but to see a woman whose career has spanned so many decades, that is still performing, still on stage, still singing live, still looking gorgeous ... it shows you what’s possible," she told ABC News. "And people who’ve never seen her ... it’s worth it!"

The American Music Awards air live on ABC Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET. Other performers include Niall Horan, Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Jonas and many more.

PHOTO: Nick Jonas performs in concert aboard the cruise ship Carnival Liberty, Nov. 16, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Gary Miller/Getty Images
Nick Jonas performs in concert aboard the cruise ship Carnival Liberty, Nov. 16, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Here the nominees in some of the top categories. Bruno Mars leads the pack with eight nominations, followed by The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd, all of whom have five.

Artist of the Year

  • Bruno Mars
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock

  • Alessia Cara
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran

Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock

  • Bruno Mars -- “24K Magic
  • Drake -- “More Life”
  • The Weeknd - “Starboy”

Favorite Song - Pop/Rock

  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey -- “Closer”
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber -- “Despacito”
  • Ed Sheeran -- “Shape of You”

New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile

  • James Arthur
  • Niall Horan
  • Julia Michaels
  • Post Malone
  • Rae Sremmurd

Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity

  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey -- “Closer”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne -- “I’m the One”
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber -- “Despacito”
  • Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar -- “Don’t Wanna Know”
  • The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk -- “Starboy”

Tour of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Coldplay
  • U2

Video of the Year

  • Bruno Mars -- “That’s What I Like”
  • Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee -- “Despacito”
  • Ed Sheeran -- “Shape of You”

Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Migos

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop

  • Drake -- "More Life"
  • Kendrick Lamar -- "DAMN."
  • Migos -- "Culture"

Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop

  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne -- “I’m the One”
  • Kendrick Lamar -- “HUMBLE.”
  • Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane -- “Black Beatles”

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B

  • Bruno Mars
  • Childish Gambino
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

  • Beyoncé
  • Kehlani
  • Rihanna

Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

  • Bruno Mars -- 24K Magic
  • Childish Gambino -- Awaken, My Love!
  • The Weeknd -- Starboy

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

  • Bruno Mars -- “That’s What I Like”
  • Khalid -- “Location”
  • The Weeknd -- “Starboy”

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Linkin Park
  • twenty one pilots

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary

  • Bruno Mars
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ed Sheeran

Favorite Artist - Latin

  • Daddy Yankee
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Shakira

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Snake
  • Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack

  • "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2"
  • "Moana"
  • "Trolls"

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