American Music Awards 2010: Check out a recap of the show
11/18/2010 by Olivia Allin
In case you missed the 2010 American Music Awards, we've got a Cliff's Notes play-by-play of the performances, winners and highlights! Rihanna opened the AMAs with a fiery performance of a mash-up of "What's My Name?" and "Only Girl (In the World)" which are the two singles off of her latest album, "Loud." Usher won the first award of the night for Favorite Soul/R&B Album with "Raymond v. Raymond," he was also nominated for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album. The other artists who were up for the award were Alicia Keys and Sade. Jenny McCarthy and John Legend presented the Favorite Pop Rock Band, Duo or Group, which went to the Black Eyed Peas. They were up for the award along with Lady Antebellum and Train. "Modern Family" stars Eric Stonestreet and Rico Rodriguez introduced Enrique Iglesias who performed an energetic mash-up of "Tonight" and "Baby, I Like It" featuring Pitbull. This performace was followed up by Miley Cyrus who performed her single "Forgiveness and Love," barefoot wearing a floor-length sheer long-sleeved dress and surrounded by burning red candlesticks and chandeliers. Diddy- Dirty Money, P. Diddy's band performed the biggest hit off their "Last Train to Paris" album, "I'm Coming Home." The stage was dark with a cloud of white smoke emerging under Diddy, who was wearing a long black coat with long sequined lapels. The band was accompanied by an on-stage orchestra. Jessica Alba presented the Favorite Country Female Artist award which went to Taylor Swift; the other nominees were Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. This is Taylor's seventh AMA award and the third-in-a-row for this category. Samuel L. Jackson introduced Kid Rock's performance of "Times Like These" from his new album "Born Free." The low-key song is dedicated to his home city of Detroit. While Kid Rock played, a slideshow of photos from Detroit played in the background. Christina Milian and Johnny Weir presented the award for Favorite Latin Music Artist, which went to Shakira who was not present at the event. So Weir announced, "This is mine now." Also up for the award were Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias. The Black Eyed Peas went on stage to perform "The Time (The Dirty Bit)" and they began the song in what appeared to be individual glass elevators which went up and down and their dancers wore illuminated cubes on their heads. The band also announced their upcoming album, "The Beginning" which comes out November 30. Katy Perry's performance opened with a boy's choir wearing red glitter bowties, which complimented Perry's glittered floor-length red gown. Perry performed "Firework" while male dancers wearing black tuxes and matching red glitter bowties moved around her, shooting off sparklers. Katy removed the skirt of her gown to reveal a red halter jumpsuit, while the screens above her played videos of exploding fireworks. Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz and Taio Cruz presented the award for favorite Soul/R&B female artist. Rihanna took home the award and thanked fellow nominees Sade and Alicia Keys. Willow Smith took to the stage alone to introduce Justin Bieber's performance of "Pray." Bieber played his own piano accompaniment and wore a white button-up with black leather detailing and black leather pants. The singer sang earnestly while inspirational photos streamed on the screens behind him. He was joined on stage by a full gospel choir. Mandy Moore and Cheryl Crow presented the award for Favorite Country Male Artist to Brad Paisley. The other nominees were Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Bon Jovi took to the stage to play a medley of their greatest hits, including "What Do You Got," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "It's My Life." The stage was dark with shining spotlights, which turned to red screens and the Bon Jovi logo. British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield presented the award for T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist. Justin Bieber took home the award. The other nominees were B.o.B, Taio Cruz, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha, Lady Antebellum, Travie McCoy and Mike Posner. Bieber said "I came from the smallest town in the world... I never thought this was possible." Kelly Osbourne introduced Pink, who performed "Raise Your Glass" with a crew of hip hop dancers who had some impressive gymnastic moves and there was a skateboard ramp and two boarders skating on stage. A man in uniform appeared from a hanging hammock to say, "I frickin' love glitter." Balloons and confetti fell from the ceiling as Pink crooned her final notes. Ne-Yo performed four songs from his recently released album "Libra Scale." He started off with "Champagne Life," which was followed by "One in a Million," "Telekinesis" and "Beautiful Monster." He wore suspenders and was accompanied by a crew of dancing ladies and gents. Taylor Swift came up next, surrounded by trees lit with blue Christmas lights and she descended from the ceiling on a platform with her piano. She played a mash-up of her singles "Back to December" and "Apologize" which are both about recent relationships. While she performed, fake snow fell and she was accompanied by her band and several string instrumentalists. Julianne Hough and Kerianne Wilson presented the award for Favorite Pop Rock Male Artist. Justin Bieber took home the award. The other nominees were Eminem and Usher. Christina Aguilera took to the stage to perform "Express," the theme song from her upcoming movie, "Burlesque." The stage was set-up like a backstage dressing room and scantily-clad dancers mounted chairs and strut around Aguilera. While everyone was expecting Cher to take the stage for a cameo as Aguilera had hinted, the superstar did not show up. "Castle" actors Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic presented the award for Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group which went to Lady Antebellum. The other nominees were Zac Brown Band and Rascal Flatts. Usher took to the stage to perform "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" featuring Swedish House Mafia. Hip hop dancers gathered around the singer with glow sticks and plenty of fluorescent accents and the stage spewed sparklers into the air during the finale. Mike Posner and Avril Levine presented the award for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist. The nominees were Muse, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend. but English band Muse wnt home with the award. Train took to the stage to perform "Marry Me" with a slideshow of black and white wedding photos playing behind them, then the song faded into "Hey Soul Sister" and a crowd of girls and young women came down the aisles wearing white "Soul Sister" tee-shirts and danced on stage with the band. The band Perry presented the award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. The award went to Michael Buble, it was his first AMA award and second nomination. The other nominees were Lady Antebellum and Train. "No Ordinary Family" stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz introduced Ke$ha who performed "Take it Off," opening up with light-up goggles and followed up with blonde mulleted male dancers in motorcycle jackets and the song turned into "We R Who We R." Towards the end, Ke$ha picked up a white electric guitar and promptly smashed it to bits. Santana and Gavin Rossdale took the stage to perform "Bang a Gong" with psychedelic screensaver-esque shapes on the screens behind them. Carlos Santana shred his guitar and Rossdale did the vocals and pranced around. Lady Antebellum presented the award for Soul/R&B Favorite Male Artist. The award went to Usher and the other nominees were Chris Brown and Trey Songz. Usher said, "You can't call it a comeback, I've been at it for 18-years!" Ryan Seacrest presented the award for Favorite Artist of the Year. Justin Bieber took home the award and is the youngest artist to ever win the award. The other nominees were Eminem, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Bieber invited his "mentor, best friend and big brother" Usher to the stage and the two shared a tender moment. This was Bieber's fourth and final award of the evening. NKOTBSB, otherwise known as the members of boy bands New Kids on the Block and The Backstreet Boys took the stage and performed a mash-up of "Everybody (Backstreet's Back," "I Want it That Way," "Step by Step," "The Right Stuff," and "Larger Than Life."
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