Dick Clark Prods. has officially moved up its 31st annual American Music Awards kudocast to Nov. 16 — a full two months ahead of its traditional airing in January — to steer the show clear of an increasingly crowded awards season early in the year.
Move, which had been anticipated (Daily Variety, April 21), came as a direct response to a decision from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to move its Oscar broadcast ahead by a month to late February.
This will be the first time that the AMAs, which have primarily been held on a Monday, will shift to Sunday.
“The move is a natural for us,” said Andrea Wong, senior VP at ABC, which will air the program. Decision to take the AMAs “out of the glut of awards season will allow us to really showcase this special.”
As reported earlier, the Recording Academy is also expected to shift the timing of its Grammy broadcast, which normally airs in late February.