The American Music Awards: Keeping the Michael Jackson Tributes Going

Becky Bain / November 20, 2009

Hey folks, just a quick note to let you know we’ll be liveblogging the American Music Awards this Sunday night (ABC, 8/7central — we’ll be here for the Pacific time zone broadcast) so please come by as we bow down to/bitch about who won what, who blew whom off the stage and who ripped off Lady Gaga’s look most blatantly. A few things we should all reasonably expect to see:

:: Janet Jackson opening yet another awards show with an eight-minute medley of her hits, followed by her getting winded after repeat visits to the stage to accept trophies for her late brother. (He picked up five nominations, including a pair for an album that came out in 2003.)

:: Whitney Houston performing something from her comeback “I Look To You,” miraculously looking like this phase of her life never happened. But will ABC “sweeten” her voice (again)?

:: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performing “Empire State of Mind”—and maybe a lil bit from its sequel?

:: Timbaland performing his single “Morning After Dark” with SoShy and Nelly Furtado. Too bad, because we’d be curious to hear his song with Miley Cyrus, who is expected to attend and, also, to say something else that will alienate young fans.

:: Jennifer Lopez singing her new single “Louboutins,” most likely once again failing to justify whatever compensation she receives for her recording career.

:: Rihanna performing a song off Rated-R while Chris Brown somehow manages to use this to propel his own career.

:: Adam Lambert, closing the show with (we expect) his single “For Your Entertainment” while hauling women around the stage and looking prettier than Shakira.

The full list of nominees, in case you need a refresher.

Catch ya Sunday night!