Tracee Ellis Ross Jokingly Warns About Her 2018 AMAs Dance Opener

Tracee Ellis Ross is reprising her role as host of the American Music Awards. The black-ish actress phoned into On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, October 9, to dish on the awards show, which will feature performances from Taylor Swift to Carrie Underwood and Post Malone.  

“I’m back for the second year so I had to challenge myself with something new,” Ross teased, revealing that she’ll be opening the show with a dance number alongside 20 female dancers. 

“I’m not a professional dancer in any way shape or form,” she joked. “So what I’ve been asking everybody is if they can imagine me as their child, their best friend or their Auntie trying something new … so they can turn down the judgement … you’re not going to see Beyoncé on stage.”


You will see, however, a bevy of performances from Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Ciara with Missy Elliot, Dua Lipa, Panic! at the Disco, Ella Mai, Twenty One Pilots, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes with Zedd.

“There’s a lot of great performances,” Ross confirmed. “Cardi B —  I call them the three C’s — there’s Cardi B, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey, who is back and hasn’t been on the AMA stage in awhile … and then Post Malone … and there’s an amazing Aretha Franklin tribute.”

Surely the stage will be fire, considering those up for awards also include Drake and Ed Sheeran. 

“The AMAs are always such a fun show,” Ross concluded. “I think part of it is because it’s fan voted. Like, the fans actually choose those people who win which I think makes a really big difference.”

Catch the 2018 American Music Awards live at 5pm PT/8pm ET on ABC tonight! 

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