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Rears and tears: American Music Awards promises a really big show

Taylor Swift is getting a special, and new, award from the American Music Awards. Dick Clark productions announced Friday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at Sunday’s show.
Taylor Swift is getting a special, and new, award from the American Music Awards. Dick Clark productions announced Friday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at Sunday’s show. Associated Press

Sunday’s American Music Awards show is must-see TV for music and pop-culture junkies.

Stargazers can expect performances by One Direction, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Garth Brooks, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer, Imagine Dragons and Mary J. Blige.

Pitbull will host and no doubt perform as well. Here are a few other things to watch for during the show, which starts at 7 p.m. on ABC:

▪ Swift will receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence because she’s the only artist in history to have three albums debut with more than 1 million sold in the first week. Showoff.

▪ J Lo and Azalea, the most-nominated artist of the night, will perform their sexy “Booty” single together for the first time on TV. They’ve promised to keep things family-friendly. No nipples or private parts showing. That being said, tweeted Azalea: “We aren’t performing in turtleneck sweaters either … hahahahaha.”

▪ Gomez will perform her breakup anthem, “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” Rumor has it her own little heartbreaker, on-again-off-again beau Justin Bieber, might show up to support her. Either way, tears are likely to flow.

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