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November 21, 2015

The Grammys are still a few months out, but hardcore Top 40 listeners will get a proper dose of chart-topping talent tomorrow night at the American Music Awards (the rival music show). Hosted by none other than J.Lo, the evening promises to be chock-full of sonic entertainment: The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Jenny from the Block herself are all scheduled to perform, and Kendall Jenner, Ellie Goulding, and Wiz Khalifa (among others) will be on hand to dole out statues. Below, we rounded up nine reasons why we're inordinately excited to watch, and why you should be too.

1. Taylor Swift clearing house.

The 1989 singer holds the title for most nominated artist at this year's awards with a whopping six noms, and we expect she'll nab the bulk of them. 

2. Special emojis.

To help viewers express their enthusiasm for the show via symbols, the AMAs teamed up with Twitter to launch custom emojis for all performers. All you need to do to get 'em is tweet any of the below hashtags. 

Justin Bieber (#BieberOnAMAs); Coldplay (#ColdplayAMAs); Selena Gomez (#RevivalAMAs); Ariana Grande (#AriAMAs); Nick Jonas (#NickJonasAMAs); Demi Lovato (#DemiOnAMAs); One Direction (#AMAs1D); Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor (#MeghanCharlieAMAs); Gwen Stefani (#GwenOnAMAs); Carrie Underwood (#CarrieOnAMAs); The Weeknd (#TheWeekndAMAs).

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3. Artist of the Year drama. 

Really, it's a three-woman face-off between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Swift.

4. One Direction's perfect performance.

See what we did there?

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5. Blake Shelton cheering on Gwen Stefani.

The No Doubt singer is set to perform, and her new man will be in attendance to show his support, because he's a gentleman.

6. Rihanna's surprise announcement. 

ICYMI, RiRi threw out a teaser via Instagram on Thursday about a collab with Samsung and instructed her followers to visit antidiary.com to learn more. While we're not exactly sure what's in store, we do know that it's going to be announced at the AMAs.

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7. Puff Daddy is presenting an award.

Yes, the artist formerly known as Diddy—and P. Diddy and Puffy—will get intro'd by his former flame J.Lo (never forget) to announce the coveted category of collaboration of the year.

8. A capella in a galaxy far, far away.

The Pentatonix will perform the entire Star Wars score, backed by a full orchestra, and it will be nothing short of epic.

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9. A very Bieber finale. 

Music's reformed bad boy will continue aggressively promoting his fourth album, Purpose, by concluding the night with a medley of hits like "Sorry" and "What Do You Mean." Polyswagg forthcoming.