The 2013 American Music Awards  are on Sunday! As we gear up for another year of stellar performances, memorable moments, and red carpet fashion, we're building the anticipation by taking a look back at the best moments from shows past.
Check out the most memorable photos of our favorite stars, and come back this weekend for highlights of this year's show. All the American Music Awards excitement starts at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC.
Britney Spears  and then-beau Justin Timberlake  posed in matching denim ensembles in 2001.
A curly-haired Mariah Carey  posed in the press room with her awards in 1993.
Usher  performed shirtless  in 2002.
Beyoncé performed a blazing rendition of "Single Ladies" in 2008.
Taylor Swift  posed in a short, gold Zuhair Murad ensemble on the red carpet in 2012.
Prince performed in 1983.
Bow-tie-clad Diana Ross and Michael Jackson  were snapped backstage in 1981.
Jessica Simpson  and Nick Lachey  posed together in 2001.
Isn't this how most of us remember Madonna ? The Material Girl sat for an AMAs press conference in 1985.
Miley Cyrus  wore a light-pink dress and gold body glitter in 2010.
The ladies of Destiny's Child posed with their award backstage together in 2001.
Jay Z and Alicia Keys  performed their hit "Empire State of Mind" in 2009.
Taylor Swift  rocked stick-straight strands and bangs while accepting her AMA in 2010.
Jessica Alba  looked sleek and sophisticated at the 2010 show.
Kelly Osbourne not only hosted the 2003 show, but performed as well.
Kate Hudson  posed backstage in a sexy metallic dress in 2009.
Kanye West  posed on the red carpet in 2008.
Mariah Carey  performed "Through the Rain" in 2003.
Miley Cyrus  wore studded leather on stage in 2008.
Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber  didn't hold back on flirtatious dance moves during their performance of Beauty and a Beat in 2012.
Cher was snapped backstage in ripped jeans and a white leather jacket at the 1988 show.
An innocent-looking Britney Spears  posed on the red carpet in 1999.
Celine Dion  performed in a little white dress in 2007.
The boys of New Kids on the Block won an award in 1990.
Justin Bieber  performed with a gospel choir in 2010.
Gwen Stefani  heated up the stage when No Doubt performed in 2012.
Rachel Zoe  wore a floor-length belted gown to the 2008 show.
Selena Gomez  and Shakira  posed together on the red carpet in 2009.
Janet Jackson  performed at the 2009 show.
Drake looked dapper in a black-on-black ensemble in 2009.
Jennifer Lopez  channeled a boxing champion for her 2009 performance.
The girls of TLC posed on the red carpet in 1994.
Lady Gaga  performed with a fiery piano during the 2009 show.
Rihanna  was sexy on stage in 2010.
A short-haired Faith Hill  smiled for the cameras in 2001.
Leona Lewis and Pink hit the red carpet together in 2008.
Heidi Klum  and Fergie  got close on the red carpet in 2010.
Lenny Kravitz  sported an Afro while performing in 2002.
Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Milian, Katy Perry , and Julianne Hough all donned gorgeous gowns on the red carpet in 2010.
Katy Perry  performed her hit song "Firework" in 2010.
Mandy Moore  wore a short, sequined dress to the 2010 show.
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias hit the stage together in 2010.
Nicole Kidman  clapped for Keith Urban  as he accepted an award in 2009.
The Black Eyed Peas were cool and colorful during their 2010 performance.
Common and Mya presented an award together in 2003.
Elton John and Tim McGraw  performed at the 2003 show.
Mark Wahlberg  posed backstage in 1992.
Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston shared a laugh backstage in 1986.
Will Smith  won two awards in 1999.
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 hit the stage in 2007.
Coldplay rocked the stage in 2008.
Christina Aguilera  performed in 2010.
Mary J. Blige and Carrie Underwood  sat pretty together in 2009.
Katherine Heigl  and Josh Kelley gave each other a sweet glance on the red carpet in 2011.
Lady Antebellum posed with their prize in 2011.
Katy Perry  rocked pink hair in 2011.
Justin Bieber  gave then-girlfriend Selena Gomez  a kiss on the cheek in 2011.
Jennifer Lopez  hit the stage in 2011.
Taylor Swift  accepted an AMA in 2011.
Heidi Klum  presented Katy Perry  with an AMA in 2011.
Justin Bieber  sported neon, printed pants back in 2011.
Nicki Minaj rocked a metallic wardrobe for a 2011 performance.