Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2016) – Dick Clark productions and ABC announced today that international supermodel Gigi Hadid and actor/comedian Jay Pharoah will co-host the “2016 American Music Awards.” These hosts join previously announced performers including James Bay, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, special duets from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and “The American Music Award of Merit” honoree and performer Sting. The “2016 American Music Awards,” the world’s biggest fan-voted award show, will broadcast live on FOX8.
“I’m so excited to host the 2016 AMAs with Jay Pharoah,” said Hadid. “Jay is known for his spot-on impressions so I can’t wait to take the stage with him to show my goofy side and celebrate this year’s nominees!”
“Can’t wait to host the AMAs with the beautiful Gigi Hadid (so much innocence in her eyes) and being in the building with some of my industry friends, who I’ve probably impersonated at some point I’m sure,” added Pharoah. “It’s gonna be a fun night.
At age two, Gigi Hadid was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess and modelled in campaigns for Baby Guess and Guess Kids. At age 17, she signed a modeling contract with IMG and now at only 21, Hadid has graced the runways of Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Chanel, and walked in Victoria’s Secret 2015 Fashion Show. She has campaigns with Reebok, Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, Stuart Weitzman, BMW, Evian, Versace and has been the face of Tom Ford, Topshop and more. Gigi has appeared on the cover of fourteen Vogue magazines around the world, landed the covers of WSJ Magazine, W, AdWeek, and the fourth installment of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. Mentored by Carine Roitfeld, Gigi has sat for renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon and more.
Jay Pharoah is an American actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, rapper, and voice actor. The six-season SNL alum is well known for his stellar impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Kanye West, and many others. Pharoah also made a splash with his memorable character, Principal Daniel Frye, based on Pharoah’s actual high school principal.
In film, Pharoah most recently showcased a flashy role in the Lionsgate/CBS comedy GET A JOB, opposite Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick. This Christmas, Pharoah will voice roles in the Illumination/Universal animated movie SING alongside Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon, as well as independent animated comedy, THE ADVENTURES OF DRUNKY, alongside Sam Rockwell, Steve Coogan and Jeffrey Tamboor. Previously, Pharoah played fun supporting roles in Chris Rock’s film TOP FIVE for 2 Paramount, Universal’s RIDE ALONG opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, the independent film INTRAMURAL and FOX Searchlight’s LOLA VERSUS opposite Greta Gerwig.
In TV, Pharoah voices roles in the new Comedy Central series LEGENDS OF CHAMBERLAIN HEIGHTS and just wrapped WHITE FAMOUS for Showtime/Lionsgate. In standup, JAY’s debut 1hr special premiered on Showtime produced by Broadway Video, and he headlines comedy clubs across the country throughout the year.
The nominations for the “2016 American Music Awards” were announced last month, revealing that Drake leads with 13 nominations, while Rihanna received seven and Adele and Justin Bieber received five nominations each. Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Additionally, Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.