Taraji P. Henson Set to Host the 2020 American Music Awards

Taraji P. Henson attends the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony - Getty - H 2020
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The event will take place Nov. 22, airing live on ABC.

Taraji P. Henson will host the 2020 American Music Awards, which are set to be handed out Nov. 22 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The show will air live at 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed on the West Coast) on ABC.

"The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists — the fans," Henson said in a statement. "I'm proud to take the stage as this year's host — and also a fan — for what promises to be an electrifying night of music."

Henson has won a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy noms for her role on Empire. She also has starred in the films Hidden Figures and Hustle & Flow, and is the best-selling author of a memoir, Around the Way Girl.

Henson also  launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father to provide scholarships to Black students majoring in mental health, offer mental health services to youth in urban schools and work to lower the recidivism rates of Black men and women. She also will shine a spotlight on mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch.

She is currently developing an Empire spinoff with her production company, TPH Entertainment, as part of her first-look deal with 20th Television.

Meanwhile, this year's top AMA nominees are The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch, both of whom earned eight nominations, including artist of the year. Other nominees include first-time nominee Megan Thee Stallion with five nominations. Earning four noms apiece were Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and first-time nominees DaBaby and Doja Cat.

As previously announced, Dua Lipa will perform at this year's show.

The winners of the AMAs are voted on by fans. The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.