Bruno Mars will carry a leading eight nominations into Sunday evening’s 2017 American Music Awards, a ceremony that will include a lifetime achievement honor for Diana Ross and will be hosted by her daughter, actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

Mars will compete in the top category of artist of the year with the Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Mars, Sheeran and Drake will also square off in the favorite male pop/rock artist category.

Up for favorite female pop/rock artist are Alessia Cara, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. James Arthur, Niall Horan, Julia Michaels, Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd will compete for best new artist.

Ross will receive a lifetime achievement award during the ceremony, honoring her decades-long career and contributions to the entertainment industry and pop culture.

Ross, 73, will also perform during the show, which will be held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Show organizers noted that Ross attended the first AMA ceremony in 1974 and hosted it in 1986 and 1987.

“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” Ross said in a statement released by ABC and dick clark productions. “It started with Dick Clark and the ‘Caravan of Stars’ and `American Bandstand.’ It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true. I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”

A Motown legend, Ross is burst onto the music scene as a member of The Supremes in the 1960s, but she skyrocketed to fame as a solo artist with her first album, which included the chart-topper “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Her other hits include “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down,” “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” and her duet with Lionel Richie, “Endless Love.”

She starred in the Billie Holiday bio-pic “Lady Sings the Blues,” and has appeared in films such as “Mahogany” and “The Wiz.”

Also during the show, Christina Aguilera will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston to mark the 25th anniversary of the film “The Bodyguard.” Selena Gomez, meanwhile, will present the world television premiere of her single “Wolves.”

Other artists set to perform include Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes and Pink.

Here is a complete list of nominations: ARTIST OF THE YEAR

— The Chainsmokers

— Drake

— Kendrick Lamar

— Bruno Mars

— Ed Sheeran NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

— James Arthur

— Niall Horan

— Julia Michaels

— Post Malone

— Rae Sremmurd COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

— The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

— Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

— DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

— Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Wanna Know”

— The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy” TOUR OF THE YEAR

— Garth Brooks

— Coldplay

— U2 VIDEO OF THE YEAR

— Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”

— Bruno Mars, “Thats What I Like”

— Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

— Drake

— Bruno Mars

— Ed Sheeran FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

— Alessia Cara

— Lady Gaga

— Rihanna FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

— The Chainsmokers

— Coldplay

— Imagine Dragons FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

— Drake, “More Life”

— Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

— The Weeknd, “Starboy” FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK

— The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

— Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

— Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

— Sam Hunt

— Thomas Rhett

— Keith Urban FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

— Miranda Lambert

— Maren Morris

— Carrie Underwood FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY

— Florida Georgia Line

— Little Big Town

— Old Dominion FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

— Jason Aldean, “They Dont Know”

— Chris Stapleton, “From a Room, Vol. 1”

— Keith Urban, “Ripcord” FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY

— Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”

— Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

— Keith Urban, “Blue Aint Your Color” 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 feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

— Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”

— Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

— Childish Gambino

— Bruno Mars

— The Weeknd FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

— Beyonce

— Kehlani

— Rihanna FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

— Childish Gambino, “Awaken My Love!”

— Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

— The Weeknd, “Starboy” FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B

— Khalid, “Location”

— Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

— 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

— Luis Fonsi

— Daddy Yankee

— Shakira FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

— Lauren Daigle

— MercyMe

— Chris Tomlin FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

— The Chainsmokers

— Calvin Harris

— DJ Snake TOP SOUNDTRACK

— “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”

— “Moana”

— “Trolls”

–City News Service

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