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Palm trees and a starry night set the backdrop for the artists during their performance. Minaj and Khaled started out the set together, introducing Alsina a few minutes in, then Future and finally Rick Ross midway through. The five artists, all wearing mostly black, closed out the performance together.
Khaled, Alsina, Future and Ross all made their performance debut at the AMAs.
Minaj also took the AMA stage for the fourth time after performing a medley of “Sweat,” “Turn Me On” and “Super Bass” with David Guetta in 2011, followed by a solo performance of “Freedom” in 2012, and then a solo “Bed of Lies” performance and the “Bang, Bang” collaboration in 2014.
Minaj is also scheduled to perform “Side to Side” with Ariana Grande at Sunday night’s AMAs.
Other artists scheduled to perform at the AMAs include Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, James Bay, Carlos Vives, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers and Halsey, and the American Music Award of Merit honoree and performer Sting.
The nominations for the fan-voted awards show, produced by Dick Clark Productions, were revealed earlier this month. Drake leads with a record 13 noms, while Rihanna has seven and Adele and Justin Bieber each have five. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers follow closely behind with four and Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd each have three. Keep up with the latest winners here.
The 2016 American Music Awards, airing on ABC, is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan, with Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco serving as producers.
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