For the past few years, ok like the past decade, the American Music Awards have become more and more irrelevant. The fan voted awards rarely have recognized the artists with the most merit and the performances have gotten pretty bad with each passing year. This year there were few exceptions. For every great winner (yay for 3 trophies for Adele and Bruno Mars beating Justin Bieber), there were several ridiculous winners (Taylor Swift for Artist of the Year? Vomit!… And Hot Chelle Rae for New Artist over the Band Perry, are you kidding?). But I should know better than to have any high expectations for this mess of a show. And of course, I don’t have to put myself through it, but I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. At least there were two great highlights~ Katy Perry giving perhaps her best live performance ever on a beautiful version of her latest single “The One That Got Away” and Kelly Clarkson delivering a brilliant Big Band version of her latest top ten smash “Mr. Know It All”. If only the other performers would’ve risen to their levels. With that said, here is a list of all the winners and some of my thoughts on the show and the performers. For more on the show itself, head to the AMA site here.
2011 American Music Award Winners~
Favorite Duo or Group: Maroon 5
Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Male Country Artist: Blake Shelton
Favorite Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, Loud
Favorite Country Band: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Special Award (for being the first woman to have five #1 singles from one album) : Katy Perry
Favorite New Artist: Hot Chelle Rae
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artitst: Adele
Favorite Alternative/Rock Artist: Foo Fighters
Favorite Latin Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Soul/R&B Female: Beyonce
Favorite Soul/R&B Male: Usher
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
Favorite Country Album: Taylor Swift, Speak Now
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Adele. 21
Favorite Pop/Rock Female: Adele
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
And some quick thoughts on the show…
Nicki Minaj: one of the better performers of the night, but get some shoes you can walk in girl! And am I the only one who thought she was British for some reason?
Justin Bieber: that was the most horrifyingly awful Christmas Caribbean song I’ve ever heard… and yes, you’re still incredibly annoying
Enrique Iglesias: what’s up with the crazy eyes?
One Republic: stick to producing and writing Ryan Tedder~ you’re good at that. Singing live? Not so much.
Mary J. Blige: thanks for bringing a little class to the proceedings
The Band Perry: why is the hair on the band members so scary? It’s like they all just escaped some brainwashing cult in the midwest. Something is off about these kids. But kudos for nice vocals on your song.
Christina Aguilera: oh gurl. You can sing…. but wow, do you need a new stylist. I mean appreciate a lady with curves, but just wear something that accentuates you in the right places. (P.S. I’m very proud of myself for being polite here. lol)
Chris Brown: yup, you still suck and you will never be Michael Jackson.
Jennifer Lopez: ok that was some awful lipsynched car commercial crap. But you’re pretty…
Will.I.Am: um, no you’re not
Taylor Swift: the fake humble act is not becoming or believable… you need to take a loooooooooooooooooong break.
Now, to end things on a positive note, check out Kelly Clarkson’s fantastic performance of “Mr. Know It All” big band style below.
Kelly Clarkson “Mr. Know it All” (Live on the AMAs)
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