American Music Awards: Ariana Grande With Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, John Legend Added as Performers

Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande_Split - Getty - H 2016
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Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande_Split - Getty - H 2016

A "Side to Side" performance is in the works, while Legend and Mendes will take the AMA stage for the first time.

The 2016 American Music Awards on Thursday announced more major performer firepower with the addition of Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, as well as Shawn Mendes and John Legend. Grande and Minaj are scheduled to perform their hit "Side to Side," with both notching their fourth time playing the show, while six-time nominee Legend will be gracing the AMA stage for the first time, as will Mendes.

They join an all-star roster that also will include Fifth Harmony, James Bay, The Chainsmokers with Halsey and Carlos Vives with Shakira, as well as Lady Gaga, Green Day, Bruno Mars, Twenty One Pilots and American Music Award of Merit honoree and performer Sting. The show will be broadcast live on Nov. 20 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed PT) on ABC.

Drake has a record-setting 13 mentions, leading all nominees with bids for artist of the year, favorite male artist, favorite album, favorite rap artist, favorite rap song and favorite R&B song, among others. If he wins in any of the categories, it will mark his first AMA nod.

Rihanna is just behind Drizzy with seven nominations. Adele and Justin Bieber have five noms each, followed by four each for Beyonce and The Chainsmokers and three for Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd. This year's American Music Awards show is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan, with Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco serving as producers.

Also on Thursday, it was revealed via a Facebook Live on the AMAs' page that The Weeknd will be performing on the show as well. Watch it below.

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