40th Annual American Music Awards full of great performances
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 15:11
Over 190 countries around the world tuned in on Sunday to watch the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards. The fan based award ceremony was hosted at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
There were a total of 20 awards given out. The awards were announced on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. For some artists like Taylor Swift, who won Best Country female artist, and Usher, who took home Best Sole/R&B male artist, this was not their first time winning an American Music Award. Yet, for artist like Luke Bryan and Carly Rae Jepsen it was their first nomination and win.
Justin Bieber was nominated for Best Pop/Rock male artist, Best Pop/Rock Album and Artist of the year. He won all three of his nominations and humbly accepted each award with a smile. He then thanked a great deal of people in his life, including his mother, Pattie Malette. The teen superstar pulled his mother onstage with him to accept the award and thanked her for always believing in him.
In addition to the awards, fans also had the privilege of watching a variety of performances. During the ceremony, some performers pushed the talent to the maximum level, while others lacked in creativity.
Model Heidi Klum introduced one of the most breathtaking performances of the evening performed by singer, Pink. Along with a male dancer, Pink performed a contemporary dance complete with aggressive dance moves to her new single called “Try.” While both covered in multi-colored powder, Pink and her partner captured the true meaning of the song. “Try” is about taking chances with love, no matter what the consequences remain. Judging by the loud applause at the end of the performance, most would agree she expressed the meaning of the song beautifully.
Pink was not the only artist bringing forward something different. Singer, Taylor Swift debut a new single called “I Knew you Were Trouble.” Many audience members and viewers expected a regular country performance by “America’s Sweetheart.” However, after one quick change, she went from a simple, flowing white dress to a bold red corset and a dubstep style song. As Swift sang, “Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in. Shame on me now,” she turned into a woman of power and domination.
In between each performance, viewers enjoyed videos of departed musicians, such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, winning their first American Music Award.
Musician Stevie Wonder dedicated his performance to Dick Clark. Clark, who passed away in April, was the creator of the American Music Awards. A slideshow of pictures representing Clark’s life were shown during the performance.
The show closed with an unforgettable performance by Korean internet sensation, PSY. PSY performed his hit single “Gangnam Style” while wearing Hammer pants. He was later joined by a surprise guest MC Hammer. Together, they created their own exceptional dance version of hit song “Too Legit to Quit,” and closed the show with a huge applause around the world.