Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lopez Hosts 2015 American Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez

Los Angeles, CA (November 18, 2015) – dick clark productions announces the return of the “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2015 AMAs” preshow, which will stream LIVE online for fans worldwide on Yahoo (, this year’s official digital distributor of the American Music Awards Experience. The red carpet preshow will take place SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd starting at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT. The red carpet live-streaming preshow precedes the LIVE broadcast of the “2015 American Music Awards” on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

The “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE@ @ The 2015 AMAs” preshow will feature performances by platinum artist Shawn Mendes, rising star Alessia Cara and today’s hottest emerging artists Gabi Wilson and Francesco Yates. The preshow will be hosted by Bow Wow, Chelsea Cannell, Frankie Grande, Adam Havener, Poppy Jamie, Kira Kazantsev, King Bach, Bailee Madison, Jenni Pulos, Yamaneika Saunders, Carly Steel and Ted Stryker. The star-studded red carpet will include nominees, performers, presenters and VIP attendees.  

At the “2015 American Music Awards,” Coke will be bringing fans some amazing new music, or what we like to call a First Taste of New Music. Throughout the preshow, Coke is showcasing some of the fans’ favorite new music artists – and you get an inside peak into the action. This year, Coca-Cola is giving fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities on the red carpet by being Coca-Cola’s First Taste fans. 30 lucky fans will be able to watch the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live! from a prime red carpet location. Select AMAs talent will also be signing the Coca-Cola First Taste Guitar to show their friends at St. Jude their appreciation and support. The “2015 American Music Awards” have provided the “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2015 AMAs” red carpet live-streaming preshow for the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to watch and have their own red carpet party.

In addition to and the Yahoo App, the “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2015 AMAs” live stream will also be available on and Time Warner Cable’s Facebook Page

Dubbed by ELLE Magazine as "Music's Next Big Thing," Alessia Cara has taken the industry by storm with her breakthrough single "Here." The 19 year old singer/songwriter from Brampton, Ontario went viral within the first week of release, reaching #1 on the global viral charts, gaining the attention of global superstars Taylor Swift, Lorde and Drake. After a stellar performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Alessia went on to win the Streamy Award for Best Original Song. The budding superstar's debut EP Four Pink Walls received a wellspring of favorable reviews which launched performances on The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Show with Seth Meyers. Her debut album KNOW-IT-ALL is out in stores on 11/13.

Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has emerged from teen viral sensation to major best-selling status almost overnight. Soon after artist manager Andrew Gertler discovered & introduced Mendes to now-label Island Records in early 2014, Shawn’s debut single "Life Of The Party" broke records, topping the iTunes Charts and selling over 150,000 copies in its first week due to his legions of fans. The success of the song made Shawn the youngest ever artist to break into the Billboard Hot 100's Top 25 with a debut single. Then, just a month later, Mendes released his self-titled debut EP, which also hit the #1 spot on iTunes once again, and entered at #5 on the Billboard album charts, showing the staying power of the young artist.   In April 2015, Shawn released his debut album Handwritten, which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, which includes platinum single “Stitches” which recently hit #1 at Top 40, “Life of the Party,” and certified gold “Something Big.” In addition to joining Taylor Swift on her The 1989 World Tour, Mendes has been on his own sold out headlining tour including a sold out show at LA’s Greek Theatre.

At 18 years old, Gabi Wilson has already been deemed a child prodigy....she has been playing five instruments since the age of 3. Gabi has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, BET Music Matters Showcase. Wilson is also an actress having appeared in two movies, "School Gyrls," produced and directed by Nick Cannon. Wilson inked a deal with MBK/RCA records in 2010 and is currently in the studio writing for artists like Alicia Keys and Brandy while simultaneously working on her own EP scheduled for release in early 2016. 

Toronto-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Francesco Yates, joined Atlantic Records when he was just 16-years-old. Four years later, Francesco is upon his latest release, a self-titled EP that houses fan favorites – “Honey I’m Home,” “Call” and “Change The Channel.” Having worked with producers like Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B) and Pharrell Williams in various studios around Los Angeles, the singer has hit upon a deft combination of pop, R&B and soul, bolstered by emotionally poignant lyrics and a strikingly passionate vocal delivery.  

With nearly 20 years in the film, television and music industry, Bow Wow, continues his career in television as an actor starring in CBS’s “CSI: Cyber” and was the co-host for "106 & Park."  Bow Wow made his lead role feature film debut in "Like Mike" in 2002.  His additional film credits include "Lottery Ticket," "Johnson Family Vacation," "Roll Bounce," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "Hurricane Season." For three seasons, Bow Wow starred as Charlie in "Entourage."  His additional television credits include guest-starring roles in "Moesha," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Brothers Garcia," "Smallville" and "Ugly Betty." At age 5, Bow Wow was discovered by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg and featured on the icon’s groundbreaking album "Doggystyle."  He later teamed up with Jermaine Dupri for his solo debut release “Beware of Dog” in 2000, the kickoff to a string of platinum and gold albums that spawned six No. 1 singles as the youngest solo rapper to ever hit No. 1.  He has sold more than 10 million albums to date and as a young star helped brand the groundbreaking “Scream Tour,” selling out Madison Square Garden three times. Bow Wow has released five albums, including "Beware of Dog," "Doggy Bag," "Unleashed," "Wanted," "The Price of Fame" and "New Jack City II."  His new album, "Underrated," is due out 2016.

Chelsea Cannell currently anchors and is a sideline reporter for the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour where she follows the world’s best surfers around the globe including Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Mick Fanning.  The WSL experienced its’ highest ratings in 2015 and expanded syndication to ABC and CBS featuring Chelsea as a lead anchor in its network packages and broadcast expansion.  Chelsea also launched a YouTube channel, More Than Mrs., with her two best friends, sharing their perspectives with young women on how to navigate the “me” within their “we” as both wives and mothers.  In her third year with dick clark productions, Chelsea has covered red carpets for the American Music AwardsBillboard AwardsNew Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and the American Country Countdown Awards.  Additionally, she has anchored the London Olympics for Fox, the World University Games for ESPN, was the face and first host of Alloy digital’s YouTube Channel Clevver Movies, helped create, launch and anchor Penske Media’s online video channel ENTV for Ion Television and YouTube and anchored a nationally syndicated morning show on E!.

Frankie Grande is a Broadway performer/producer, TV personality (CBS’ “Big Brother 16,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAS,” Oxygen’s “Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande”), social media powerhouse and overall entertainer and host.  When not focused on any of the aforementioned Frankie dedicates his time and voice to speak out on behalf of the LGBTQ community, volunteers for the group BuildOn that builds schools in South Africa and cheers on his younger half-sister Ariana Grande.

Adam Havener (Daily 10, Culture Pop, WONDERWALL) is known for his charismatic and effortless red carpet interviews, making him a favorite among Hollywood's biggest names. His credits include E!, MSN, VEVO, AXS & Ovation.

19 years of age, Poppy Jamie, became the youngest ever entertainment correspondent at the UK’s largest news organization, ITN. She was still studying Politics at the London School of Economics during this time and since graduating, Poppy has gone on to build her reputation as a TV presenter and personality on a global scale. Best known for her signature interviewing style, charisma, positivity, and personal flair she has hosted shows for ITV2, MTV international, Extra USA, Yahoo, TEDx and Snapchat.

Comfortable in golf shoes and evening gowns alike, Kira Kazantsev is a host, exuberant keynote speaker, spokesperson and tireless advocate on a number of social issues.  Miss Kazantsev served as Miss America 2015. Throughout her year, she toured the country as an Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an advocate on her personal platform: domestic violence awareness, and on behalf of military families. Her travels also took her overseas to visit and entertain troops with the USO in Afghanistan, Bahrain, and South Korea. Kira currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Andrew Bachelor aka (King Bach) is a Canadian-born American actor, comedian, director, producer, writer and TV personality (FOX’s “Mindy Project,” “MTV2,” “Wild ‘N Out,” Showtime’s “House of Lies,” Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus,” BET’s “Punk’d.”)  He is a social media powerhouse, entertainer, host and DJ. Andrew’s ambitious desires led him to establish his own production company, Bach Enterprises where he produced, directed, and performed in several projects including a short film Agent Steele which was featured in NBC’s Dateline in September 2011. Andrew Bachelor began his online career creating and producing sketches on YouTube called Bachelors Pad TV. He is the CEO of the RuJohn Foundation, which he and his sister started at age 14.  The Foundation gives financial scholarships to students in Jamaica and provides assistance to families in selected States in America.

Bailee Madison currently stars on Good Witch (opposite Catherine Bell and James Denton), based on Hallmark Channel's longest-running and highest-rated original movie franchises of all time. The show returns for a second season February 2016. She’s also been seen in a recurring role, bringing lots of drama on the hit ABC Family series The Fosters, where she plays Sofia Quinn- Maia Mitchel’s (Teen Beach Movie) newly discovered half-sister. Past roles also include: ABC’s Trophy Wife (opposite Marcia Gay Harden, Bradley Whitford and Malin Ackerman), ABC’s Once Upon a Time (playing Young Snow White), Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It, Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and much more.  Bailee is passionate about various philanthropic and social causes and lends her time to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Creative Coalition. In April 2015, Bailee traveled with the Creative Coalition to Washington DC to fight for Arts Education awareness. She was one of the youngest guests invited to join a select group to represent the issue at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Jenni Pulos is an actress, author, rapper and co-executive producer of Bravo's Emmy nominated reality series Flipping Out and it's spin off Interior Therapy. Her first book, Grin and Bear It was released in the spring of 2014. She performs and co-wrote the theme song for Bravo's hit show Watch What Happens Live. A win on Showtime At The Apollo encouraged her to write and produce a rap album: Old School Kids Beats. For the past four years she has hosted the Miss You Can Do It pageant celebrating girls with special needs. Jenni is the wife of Dr. Jonathan Nassos an orthopedic surgeon. They have a two year old daughter Alianna Marika who has furry sisters Lulu and Janet. She is thrilled to return as a red carpet host at the AMA's.

Yamaneika Saunders is currently a co-panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show (along with Lance Bass, Megan Colarossi, and Lilliana Vasquez). Last year Yamaneika co-starred in Oxygen’s Funny Girls, a docu-series following around six female comedians through their everyday lives. Previously seen on The Jim Gaffigan Show and Comedy Central’s In Security. Her stand-up has been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Carly Steel is a television host, actress and producer, known for hosting for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, TV Guide Network and EPIX. She also hosted and executive produced a movie-travel show, Jet to the Set for POP. Carly has also appeared in many feature films and TV shows including Mortdecai, Unstoppable and Romantically Speaking. This is her 5th years hosting the American Music Awards live Pre Show.

Ted Stryker is the host of the "Strykers Tales Podcast" and syndicated radio countdown show "Out Of Order", he also hosts a daily radio show on KROQ Los Angeles.  Most recently in front of the camera, Stryker is the host of the live broadcast of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits on Red Bull TV. He is an AMAs host favorite and is back for his 6th year as a red carpet host.

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