American Music Awards: What time are they and what to watch for

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What a American Music Awards might miss in status or disrespect compared to other ceremonies honoring song talent, it creates adult for by showcasing one adorned opening after another.

Watch it all go down on Sunday during 8 p.m. PST on ABC. (The uncover will be tape-delayed for West Coast viewers; it will atmosphere during 8 p.m. EST/7p.m. CST in those time zones.)

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This year’s lineup is packaged with a who’s who of artists opposite a spectrum of genres. Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Lorde, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea are only a few of a acts slated to perform.

Azalea, one of a year’s biggest breakouts, leads a container of nominees with 6 nods including artist of a year, new artist and singular of a year. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams follow with 5 nominations each, while Lorde warranted 4 nominations. 

Ahead of Sunday’s show, airing live for many of a nation from a Nokia Theatre during L.A. Live, here’s a few things to watch for:

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Artist of a year. Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, One Direction and Katy Perry have done a cut. Given that winners are dynamic by fan votes, one might assume that a artists’ wild fan bases with lovable names (see the Directioners, the Katycats and the Azaleans) would have a edge. But who had a bigger year than Beyoncé? 

Booties everywhere. Queen might have famously sang about “Fat Bottomed Girls” in a ’70s, though a jubilee of plump derrieres truly belonged to a set of cocktail ladies this year.

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Nicki Minaj’s suacy paper to her rump, “Anaconda,” pennyless a Internet on a strength of a obscene cover art and she’s certain to pull courtesy onstage. Jennifer Lopez, who arguably has a many famous boundary in showbiz (Pop Hiss feels rather guilty to be essay this paragraph, though this is cocktail song in 2014), will perform her impertinent anthem “Booty” and will be assimilated by Azalea for a opening that will approaching browbeat amicable media (and pull a madness of a Parents Television Council).

Unfortunately a uncover is low on masculine performers famous for jolt their hips, so it’s all on Pitbull to broach a booty. Although it’s not too late to book Luke Bryan.

New music. A slew of acts will use their opening slots to premiere new music. Lil Wayne is approaching to premiere his latest single, “Start a Fire”; Nicki Minaj will be assimilated by pop-rock singer-songwriter Skylar Grey for her recently expelled single, “Bed of Lies”; Taylor Swift, set to accept a initial Dick Clark Award for Excellence during a ceremony, will perform a new single, “Blank Space” (which we substantially already know by heart); and Fergie will strike a theatre with “L.A. Love,” her initial solo singular in years.

Grammy precursors. Yes,the AMAs pulls a nominees from sales, radio airplay, streaming and amicable activity while a Recording Academy relies on a attention members. Still, both ultimately are a recognition competition and there’s certain to be overlap. For example, check a competition for new artist, in that 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor are competing. Don’t be astounded to see a few of those names come Grammy nominations on Dec. 5.

Twitter: @GerrickKennedy

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