Last night the celebs made their way out to the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, CA last night to attend the 2010 American Music Awards. Tween sensation Justin Bieber was the big winner at the show, taking home 4 awards (including Artist of the Year) but there were plenty of the Lucite trophies to go around for other deserving artists. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals last night:
Look at little Willow Smith showing off her unique fashion sensibilities. Homegirl is only getting started … the little girl is just fabulous. New mama-to-be P!nk was lookin’ fabulous herself … altho she wasn’t bumpin’ out too much on the red carpet, she did have that beautiful glow that all pregnant women have. The pairing of the New Kids on the Block with the Backstreet Boys was just … genius! Separately, the boy bands are just meh … together, they’re actually interesting again. After the jump, check out some photos from the show itself and read some deets about who won what, who sang what and what went down at the American Music Awards last night …
Although she was nervous about kicking off Sunday night’s (November 21) American Music Awards, Rihanna took the “challenge” and ran with it. Sporting crimson spirals and a skimpy two-piece, the Barbadian songbird turned out energetic renditions of Loud tracks “What’s My Name?” and “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” revved up with tropical touches like a drum circle and dancers in fringe-laden outfits. The songstress’ hip-twisting, percussion-heavy set scored a standing ovation from the star-packed crowd. Rihanna’s set established the tone for the rest for the evening, which was marked by similarly epic stage productions. After picking up the award for Pop Music – Favorite Band, Duo or Group, the Black Eyed Peas performed their single from The Beginning, “The Time (Dirty Bit),” hanging out in oscillating Technicolor boxes as dancers sporting cubed headpieces head-banged below … Onetime “American Badass” Kid Rock turned in a low-key, acoustic performance of “Times Like These,” a tribute to his hometown of Detroit … Although most of the action took place during the performances, Nicki Minaj punched up Rihanna’s acceptance for Soul/ Rhythm & Blues Music – Favorite Female Artist by loudly plugging the release of her Pink Friday debut. The singer took the cheeky move in stride, gushing “Don’t we all wish we could have green hair and make it look good like Nicki?” when she took the mic and playfully patting Minaj on the behind as they headed backstage. Pint-size “Whip My Hair” singer Willow Smith, rocking a yellow-and-gray outfit, introduced her “big brother” Justin Bieber, who took to the ivories for “Pray.” Flanked by a huge choir, the teen phenom’s impassioned rendition of the ballad scored a standing ovation … When T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Justin Bieber picked up his second award of the night, the teen superstar unexpectedly thanked a legendary entertainer for paving the way. “I wanna thank Michael Jackson, because without Michael Jackson, none of us would be here,” the Biebs said … The night closed with an epic performance from a crew of artists once known for their fan-hysteria-inducing powers. Chart-busting boy-banders New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys played a medley of some of their major hits. All nine fellas switched between BSB and NKOTB jams like “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “Hangin’ Tough,” sporting club-ready looks and working synchronized moves. The collective closed the set with “Larger Than Life” — a move likely designed to signal that the boys are back.
I’m sorry … as fun as some of the AMAs performances was, I cannot in good conscience condone a music awards show that would name Justin Bieber as the Artist of the Year. I get the kid is popular and that fans vote for the AMAs but to name Bieber as THE artist who musically surpasses all other artists for the year is just … silly. Bieber winning the Arist of the Year award at the AMAs is no different than Bristol Palin winning Dancing with the Stars. Yes, fans should have a say in artists winning awards, but when awards that are meant to reward talent — actual talent — are given out in popularity contests, then those awards of merit really have no meaning at all.