Selena Gomez will perform her emotional, Justin Bieber-inspired single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” for the first time on television at the 2014 American Music Awards.
ABC and Dick Clark Productions’ Thursday announcement of Gomez, Garth Brooks, and Imagine Dragons as the latest huge names booked for the awards show, came the same day the pop princess premiered her music video and single.
The American Music Awards touch down on November 23 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los on November 23.
With somewhat immaculate timing, Gomez upcoming “Greatest Hits” album For You drops the day after.
Imagine Dragons are slated to play “I Bet My Life” from their second album, while country superstar Garth Brooks is set to sing a track from his new album Man Against Machine.
Selena will join an outstanding lineup of previously announced performers that includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Lorde, One Direction, Charli XCX, Fergie a.k.a. Stacy Ferguson, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Pitbull — the latter is the show’s host.
Announcements of other performers and presenters are expected to continue rolling out.
Azalea heads up nominations with six nods. Nipping at the rapper’s heels — Azalea, has just bought Gomez’s former mansion in Tarzana, California — are Pharrell Williams, John Legend. and Katy Perry with five, and Lorde scoring four.
Criteria for nominees were pulled from a combination of mandatory signifiers on Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com. These include album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming, and social activity, and voting continues.
Meanwhile, Gomez’s stylish but raw music video for “The Heart Wants What It Wants” has pulled in over nine million views within a 24-hour period since it’s release and has made a big impact on radio.
On Friday, Vevo shared news that the actress-singer’s single is the No. 1 viewed video on its platform.
Shortly after releasing the song and video, Selena sat down with Ryan Seacrest to speak candidly about her on-and-off romance, also revealing what her former beau thought of the song and her future plans.
“He thought it was beautiful,” Selena said of Justin’s reaction to the music video, adding, “I think it was really hard. I think he was a little jealous of the video guy at first.”
Of why she shared the song, Gomez declared, “Honestly, music is an expression, and if you will be that voice for these girls, there are some people that feel this. This is universal.”
Selena also noted that the problems in her relationship with Justin were not just alluded-to infidelity and emotional games, but down to her and Justin finding their “identity.”
Gomez went on to admit that they both made mistakes, but in the end it was “to only make us better.”
Asked whether she was still close to Justin, the starlet nodded, then said quietly but firmly,
“I support him. I think I always will.” Selena added,”I’m upset when he’s upset, I’m happy when he’s happy. I don’t want anything bad ever to happen to him. It hurts me. That’s all.”