Rihanna is tied with Nicki Minaj for the most nominations at the 2012 American Music Awards, so it stands to reason that she’ll hit up the big event, right?

However, with her possibly on-again ex, Chris Brown, in the lineup of performers, will RiRi instead opt to be a no-show — if only to avoid another kiss-caught-on-camera, as happened at the 2012 VMAs?

To review, Chris and Rihanna’s relationship ended in a gnarly fashion after Chris was charged with assaulting her before the 2009 Grammy Awards. So, yeah, there’s some serious history there.

Rihanna recently described herself and Chris as “not together,” though the two have been spotted getting cozy again and her new album, Unapologetic, features a duet with her former flame.

But Rihanna, dodge controversy? Puh-lease! If the “Diamonds” singer could make it to the 2012 AMAs, she’d be there with bells on. OK, not bells, but definitely a skin-baring outfit only she can pull off. Unfortunately, like last year, when she accepted her AMA for Favorite Soul/R&B Album via video while touring in Europe, she’s going to be across the pond during the live event.

This time she’ll be in Berlin on the fifth stop of her international 777 Tour, in which she’s hitting up seven countries in seven days for seven shows to promote Unapologetic, her seventh album (slated to drop November 19).

If we’re lucky, we’ll catch Rihanna via video at the 2012 AMAs this Sunday (November 18) at 8/7c on ABC.

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