Typically the forgotten stepsister to the Grammys, with less pizazz or intrigue than what’s promised at the MTV Video Music Awards, this year’s list of performers for the American Music Awards is enough to make us DVR Homeland and forego The Real Housewives of Atlanta entirely. Yes, our television interests are quite eclectic. A whopping 18 artists will take the stage on Sunday night, which means there should be enough interesting material to outweigh seeing Taylor Swift clean up at yet another award show. But maybe she won’t! If you need convincing before dedicating the final precious hours of your weekend to pop stars, here are a few things to look forward to:
1. THE BIEB WILL BE IN THE HOUSE
Justin Bieber took six whole days off of his Believe tour to prepare for his AMAs performance—and, ahem, perhaps take care of some personal business. He’s excited.
last day of rehearsals. workout, then on sites. @theamas are almost here. and WE ARE GOING HARD! r u with me?
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 17, 2012
And also, prepared.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 18, 2012
If this week’s rendezvous had any positive affect on Jelena’s otherwise broken relationship, will Selena come watch? Will thinking about that “epic argument” cause Bieber to shed a tear on stage? Will Scooter Braun keep it together knowing that the idea of true love might be a lie?
2. SCHOOLBOY STAGES A TAKEOVER
Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy and The Wanted are all scheduled to perform in addition to Canada’s swaggiest, so we’re hoping there will be a Maybach Music-style storming of the stage, complete with copious amounts of horse-riding. Seriously, can this just happen already? We want to kick off Thanksgiving week the right way.
3. ONE DIRECTION AND THE WANTED GO HEAD-TO-HEAD
1D and TW are facing off in the Best Pop/Rock Group category, along with fun. and Maroon 5. You saw what happened at this year’s VMAs. Can The Wanted pull off the upset?
4. ADELE IS NOMINATED
It’s about time we get back to appreciating those adorable acceptance speech (or, “fank you” speech). We’re ready for the return of Dame Adele, and more than ready if it includes a look at her baby boy—but only if you ignore the fact that “Adult Contemporary” is synonymous with Train.
5. DON’T RULE OUT RIHANNA
Last year’s Talk That Talk is up for four awards, helping Rihanna lead the pack of this year’s nominees. Even though she’s currently circling the globe on her epic 777 tour, the DGAF attitude she’s been rocking applies to travel plans, right? Seven is the special number in RiRi land, but with all that free booze—and socks!—on the 777 tour, who’s to say those intrepid journalists really want to get back to real life? We know Julieanne certainly doesn’t.
Catch the 2012 AMAs on Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Be sure to stick with us during the show—we’ll be tweeting!—as well as the morning after, when all the good, bad and ugly fashions will be dissected and performances put on full display.