American Music Awards Livestream 2016: How to watch the awards show online for free

American Music Awards Livestream 2016: How to watch the awards show online for free
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One of the year's last award shows, the American Music Awards, will air this Sunday, Nov. 20, helping close out one of the most significant years in music history. 

American Music Awards 2016 livestream

For those yet to cut the cable cord, the show will air on ABC 8 to 11 p.m. Eastern. For the rest of the world, ABC is still your best bet to livestream the show. The night of the show, viewers will be able to watch the action live on ABC.go.com at no additional charge, by entering their cable login information. 

Happy hunting to all those tracking down their family's, friends' or friends' families' passwords.

Rachel Platten and Joe Jonas at the American Music Awards
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The show has been running since 1974, created as a way for ABC to compete with the Grammys after their contract expired. Rather than rely on a voting academy of experts, like the Grammys, the show's website explains that its nominees are determined through "key fan interactions." Factors considered include "album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring."

The show's already lined up performances from some of pop's heavy hitters, including Nicki Minaj, the Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd.

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Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

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