How to watch the AMAs (American Music Awards) online from anywhere in the world

Watch the American Music Awards 2020! Here's how to stream every second, of every AMAs act, anywhere

South Korean K-pop boy band BTS members L to R V Jin Jung Kook RM Jimin and JHope pose for a photo session during a press conference on BTS new album BE Deluxe Edition in Seoul on November 20 2020 Photo by Jung Yeonje AFP Photo by JUNG YEONJEAFP
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How to watch the AMAs 2020

There's always a star-studded line-up at the American Music Awards and this year is no exception - this year there may be no live audience, but even the coronavirus can't stop the music 🎶.  

The 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs) airs on Sunday November 22, at 8 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT (tape-delayed) on ABC.

The AMAs is a fan favorite, not least because the winners are decided by the public, based on votes cast at The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch are leading the way with eight noms each. They're both up for the Artist of the Year award, competing against Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift. 

How to watch the AMAs 2020 from anywhere in the world

If you're currently based outside the US, unable to use your usual TV subscription, and you need your fix of beautiful people singing beautifully, there's a great way to watch from wherever you are in the world. It's... a VPN.

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  2. Once you've installed your VPN, open the app and select your server location as anywhere in the United States
  3. With your ExpressVPN installed and your location set to the United States, head to ABC Live 
  4. Follow the instructions to stream the AMAs in real time!

How to watch the AMAs 2020 in the US

Justin Bieber sitting with baseball cap for AMAs press

(Image credit: Ligia Mallmann MRC Entertainment)

If you're in the US, the place to watch the American Music Awards is ABC. Get ABC using your cable TV subscription or your streaming subscription - YouTube TV, AT&T TV Now and Hulu, all carry ABC.

All about the AMAs 2020: who's the host and which acts can we look forward to?

Hosting duties this year are taken up by Taraji P. Henson (the irrepressible Cookie Lyon from TV show Empire and steely Detective Jocelyn "Joss" Carter in Person of Interest).

Henson shared a video of herself on her Instagram, prepping for awards night. 

"LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!!! #Repost #amas," she posted.
"Who else is sick of wearing sweats? ✋ Can't wait to see how many 🔥 outfits our host @tarajiphenson brings to the #AMAs."

She's ready. So are we.


K-pop group BTS sitting in blue dining room

(Image credit: Ligia Mallmann MRC Entertainment)

Obviously all the acts will bring their A-game to the American Music Awards, but we can't wait to see K-pop legends, BTS, perform their new single, Life Goes On (the  worldwide TV debut) and their smash, Dynamite.

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes

We're intrigued to see if a Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes live performance of Monster (their recent collab) goes down on Sunday night.  Both have confirmed solo spots, but a duet feels like just the thing to cheer us up.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion has five AMA nominations - including new artist of the year. 

Word is (per the AMAs), Megan will be doing “an unrevealed track” - she's ALWAYS exciting to watch whatever the material. We're waiting...

Megan Thee Stallion

(Image credit: Marcelo Cantu)

The full line-up of performers at the AMAs 2020

This year's AMAs will see performances from: Bad Bunny, Bell Biv DeVoe, Billie Eilish, BTS, Jhay Cortez, Dan + Shay, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, Lewis Capaldi, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly and Shawn Mendes. The Weeknd, Machine Gun Kelly, Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat will also appear onstage.

Katy Perry's also back - after the birth of daughter, Daisy - with the world-premiere  performance of Only Love, from fifth album Smile.

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