The show airs on Sunday, November 22, the day before Rihanna releases her new album, Rated R. At press time there was no word on what song she will perform, but she's already dropped two singles from the album — the eerie ballad "Russian Roulette" and the midtempo "Wait Your Turn" — and the Young Jeezy collaboration "Hard" has already hit radio.
It will be the third time she's performed on the show. In 2007, she sang her Ne-Yo duet, "Hate That I Love You," and her breakthrough hit, "Umbrella." In 2008, she sang "Rehab." Rihanna has won three American Music Awards in the past.
The awards show will feature an array of nominees determined by data from Nielsen SoundScan radio and retail figures, with Taylor Swift in the lead with six nominations, followed by the late Michael Jackson and Eminem at five apiece. Though Jackson had not released new material for nearly a decade at the time of his passing, his nominations are based on the strong sales of his catalog albums following his death.
Other multiple-category nominees include Lady Gaga, T.I., Kings of Leon, Beyoncé and the Peas, who all have three. For the third year, winners will be determined by online voting.
Rihanna will appear on "Good Morning America" on Thursday and "20/20" Friday night. She's also set to visit MTV's