Miss USA 2017 has a tough act to follow.

The Miss USA pageant, which returns this weekend, broke barriers last year by awarding the crown to U.S. Army Reserves captain Deshauna Barber. Not to be confused with its competitor, Miss America, Miss USA is a scholarship portion that also serves as the intermediate competition of the Miss Universe organization, with the winner moving onto the global Miss Universe pageant.

PHOTOS: Miss USA 2017 Preliminary Show

Ahead of this year's competition, here's everything you need to know.