Westwood One Offers Radio Listeners and Music Fans an Exciting Backstage Experience with Exclusive Audio, Special Programming, and A-List Interviews

NEW YORK, October 5, 2018 — Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., is the official national radio partner of the 2018 American Music Awards and is offering radio stations, nationally syndicated shows, brands, and fans a comprehensive array of special programming and exclusive, multi-platform content to celebrate the most influential and iconic artists on the music scene.

Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs will feature a dynamic day of branded programming, first-class artist interviews, and exclusive backstage live performances at Radio Row. Firing up the backstage festivities on Monday, October 8, will be Crush Music’s MAX and 300 Entertainment’s multi-platinum DJ trio Cheat Codes. Hollywood Record’s Ocean Park Standoff will open Radio Row with a performance on Sunday, October 7.

Westwood One Backstage will take place at LA’s Microsoft Theater Event Deck on Monday, October 8 from 11 am – 4 pm PT. More than 25 of the top music stations from around the country, plus Westwood One’s national Zach Sang Show and The Adam Bomb Show, will broadcast remotely and curate audio, video, and social media content to share with listeners nationwide.

“Westwood One provides affiliates, listeners, and advertising partners exclusive access to our backstage event, which features the artists and celebrities descending on Los Angeles for the world’s largest fan-voted awards show,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing for CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Our invaluable partnership with dick clark productions allows us to create unique AMAs content you can’t hear anywhere else. From our Westwood One Backstage experience to Taylor Swift’s opening performance, Panic! At The Disco’s Queen tribute, and honoring the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, this show is not to be missed.”

In addition to the backstage festivities, Westwood One, through its partnership with the American Music Awards and dick clark productions, is offering its stations a special three-hour red carpet broadcast companion show airing Tuesday, October 9. The Hot AC/AC format will be hosted by Adam Bomb and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn, the Top 40 format will be hosted by Zach Sang Show, and the Urban/Urban AC version will be hosted by Kenny Smoov and Sissy Brown. The evening also includes a one-hour Red Carpet Special hosted by NASH Nights Live’s Elaina D. Smith and a one-hour Awards Wrap-Up.

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Tracee Ellis Ross will host the 2018 American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, which will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8 pm ET on ABC. Lighting up the AMA stage will be Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Twenty One Pilots, Mariah Carey, Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Ciara with Missy Elliott, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and many more. The evening will include a special tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, featuring soul and gospel legends Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, and Panic! At the Disco will pay tribute to Queen with a performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of September 15, 2017 through August 9, 2018.

From information about Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs radio row and programming, contact Neal Bird at nbird@westwoodone.com or (310) 840-4207.

About MAX
It has all the trappings of a classic New York story. A young kid from Hell’s Kitchen equally enamored by the bright lights of Broadway and the booming spirit of everyone from Billy Joel to James Brown quietly grows into a platinum-selling pop force of nature clad in a sequin jacket as loud as his voice. That kid is now pop sensation MAX. His Big Apple stomping grounds invariably impacted a meteoric rise from busking in Central Park with a ukulele to electrifying late-night television and stages worldwide.

MAX makes a connection with everything he does. Following tours with the likes of Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa and the breakout success of “Gibberish” [feat. Hoodie Allen], his 2016 full-length debut, Hell’s Kitchen Angel [DCD2 Records/Crush Music/RED MUSIC], yielded an inescapable smash in the form of “Lights Down Low” [feat. gnash]. Not only did the single generate a half-billion streams within two years, but it also earned a platinum plaque from the RIAA, featured as a Snapchat lens, and soared to #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Top 5 at Top 40 radio, #1 on Shazam, and #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Radio Airplay Chart. Moreover, he delivered seismic renditions of “Lights Down Low” on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Live with Kelly and Ryan’s After Oscar® Show, Good Morning America, and TRL, to name a few.

Billboard labeled him among the top pop stars to watch in 2018 as Pepsi sought him out for its Sound Drop initiative whose previous alumni include Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara, and Khalid. At the onset of his dynamic career, he made headlines in a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign alongside Madonna and appeared in films such as the Beach Boys biopic, Love & Mercy, in addition to Law & Order: SVU, Crisis, and more. Meanwhile, he graced tracks for everyone from 3Lau, Audien, Whethan, Illenium, Noah Cyrus and Matoma.

Along the way, he crafted his 2018 second full-length, House of Divine. Inspired by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the more personal moments on Hell’s Kitchen Angel, MAX opened up more than ever. The first single “Still New York” [feat. Joey Bada$$] brings listeners to the heart of his hometown. Over a kinetic beat, he makes a proud declaration as a New Yorker between bars from Brooklyn’s own Joey Bada$$. MAX’s dynamic delivery and traffic-stopping range immediately attract the spotlight.

About Cheat Codes
Euphoric and effervescent, Cheat Codes have it figured out. Perfectly blending pop and electronic music, the LA based 4x platinum three piece seem to know something that we don’t know – they’ve figured out the secret to life, or at least a way to jump right to the good part. Comprised of Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell and Kevin Ford, the group have seen a meteoric rise since they first formed in LA two years ago. Releasing music independently, the group were an overnight success with their hits “Turn Me On,” and the tropical infused re-work of Salt N Pepa classic, “Sex”, that generated half a billion streams on Spotify.

Since their first single with 300 Entertainment, “No Promises” ft. Demi Lovato, the group have gone on to cement themselves as one of the fastest growing pop and electronic acts. “No Promises” proved to be the song of Summer 2017 – peaking at #5 at POP Radio, the song has reached 4X Platinum status globally with over 600 million cumulative streams and has surpassed 1 million sales equivalents in North America. “No Promises” was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, a Radio Disney award, Billboard Music award, as well as iHeart Radio Award. Cheat Codes performed “No Promises” with Demi on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America.

The group followed with “Feels Great” featuring 300 Entertainment labelmate, Fetty Wap. The inspirational anthem features Cheat Codes’ signature sugary electronic hooks paired with Fetty Wap as you’ve never heard him before. The song has 50M+ cumulative global streams, and has hit top 30 at pop radio. The group performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Cheat Codes went onto to collaborate with Kiiara, on the ethereal track, “Put Me Back Together”, which has garnered over 21 million streams to date and was added to 29 New Music Friday playlists on Spotify. The song hit #21 on the US Viral Global 50 chart, and #36 on the Global Viral 50 charts on Spotify.

Taking cues from acts like Diplo or Calvin Harris, Cheat Codes blend energetic club sounds with live vocals, and an energy that is unmatched by the competition- a combination that has served as the official soundtrack to summer. With wistful lyrics and luminous melodies the group draw inspiration from all kinds of music to create a sound all their own.

About Ocean Park Standoff
A band often becomes like a family. Each member’s idiosyncrasies and individuality comprise the collective identity and ultimately give the group a personality of its own. For as different as producer, drummer, and hip-hop head Pete Nappi, UK-born multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, and world-renowned DJ Samantha Ronson, and classically trained vocalist and folk singer-songwriter Ethan Thompson might seem at first glance, they quickly turned Ocean Park Standoff into a family upon first joining forces in 2016.

Within a year, Ocean Park Standoff’s music and message made a major splash. Powering their self-titled debut EP, the breakout single “Good News” cracked 16 million Spotify streams within a year as Elvis Duran handpicked the band as his “iHeart Artist of the Month” celebrated by a rousing Today Show performance. They ignited late-night television for the first time on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Between headlining numerous dates, they supported Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups on a 2017 summer shed tour. Along the way, they constantly wrote and recorded new music for a string of singles. Ocean Park Standoff keep up the momentum with a bevy of new music throughout 2018 and beyond.

About the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted award show, features performances from today’s hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the music genres of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, and the categories of Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year presented by Capital One Savor Card, Collaboration of the Year, Tour of The Year, Favorite Social Artist presented by Xfinity and Favorite Music Video. The American Music Awards pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists. The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.com, www.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.

About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of CUMULUS MEDIA, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio broadcast network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.

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