Pitbull, Kesha rehearse for American Music Awards broadcast
Seating placards, including one for singer Christina Aguilera, are displayed for the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The American Music Awards will be held on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Published Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:00AM EST
LOS ANGELES -- Pitbull dressed up and Ke$ha went casual for American Music Awards rehearsals.
The entertainers popped by the Nokia Theatre Friday to practice the performances they've planned for Sunday's show.
Ke$ha was surrounded by male dancers as she bounced around the stage in sneakers, striped leggings and a torn black T-shirt. She played a giant golden drum, was carried aloft by her dancers and closed the rendition of her new hit "Die Young" by writhing on stage as fireworks rained down overhead.
Pitbull, fresh off his performance at Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards, arrived wearing crisp white pants, a red polo shirt and a tan blazer. After joking with his band in Spanish, he ditched the blazer and added shades to rehearse "Don't Stop the Party," for which he shares the stage with two drummers, two keyboardists, two ballerinas and a DJ.
Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj are also set to perform during the three-hour ceremony, which will be broadcast Sunday on CTV.
- Watch the show live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV
Stevie Wonder and Ryan Seacrest will also honour the late Dick Clark, who created the American Music Awards, at the 40th anniversary show.