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AMAs 2015: 5 Things to Watch from Coldplay to Justin Bieber

by William Hoffman   Nov 22, 2015 14:18 PM EST

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Everyone knows the American Music Awards, more so than other awards shows, are all about the performances, and this year there are several from artists like Coldplay and Justin Bieber to look forward to or at least catch up on the morning after.

5 AMA performances you won't want to miss:

Coldplay - It's possible we'll get a new song from these rock veterans in anticipation of the upcoming seventh and possibly final album, A Head Full of Dreams, but don't count on it. Fans are likely to get the first States-side performance of the band's single "Adventure of a Lifetime." Either way, this is sure to be quite the performance as the song is an adventurous funk tune with a lot of Taylor-Swift-like dancing potential. Listen to the song below.

Justin Bieber - The born-again pop star has been making the rounds with a solid performance on The Tonight Show earlier this week and impressing many beyond the relatively low expectations critics set for the album. So if he can bust out the gate with a high-energy show at the AMAs, it will really solidify his comeback story. Plus Selena Gomez is going to be there so he has to impress following his recent "My Girl" restaurant scene.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Whether you think "Downtown" was the song of the summer or a total bust, it's time for new music from these two. The duo already performed it live for the MTV Video Music Awards, so there's no need to do it again for a lesser-watched award show. They'll definitely have some new music for fans.

One Direction - The boy band is breaking up and every performance gets closer to that question of "is this the last one ever?" It will be especially interesting if 1D plays "Perfect" with Taylor Swift looking on from the crowd.

Carrie Underwood - She has one of her better crossover albums in years with new fans catching on to her pop-country style. This is the perfect venue for her to show off that amazing voice and get more of the pop world to pay attention to her fantastic new album Storyteller.

The 2015 AMAs broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. 

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