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Adele, Lady Gaga lead American Music Awards nominations

Much like the MTV Video Music Awards, the actual statuettes handed out at the American Music Awards are almost entirely beside the point.

While nobody can ever really recall who won awards seconds after they are handed out, the AMAs always provide a tremendous TV broadcast, full of performances from artists plugging high-profile fall albums. In the past few years, they have really upped the ante on the on-stage components of the show, which have made it a can’t-miss for pop music enthusiasts.

Of course, they’re still going to hand out awards too, and the usual suspects dominate the list of nominations, which just came out today: Adele, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift lead the nominations, with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and BeyoncĂ© all picking up multiple noms themselves.

There are a handful of interesting head-to-heads going on in the nominations, too, as former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and BeyoncĂ© will compete for Soul/R&B Favorite Female Artist, and former lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown square off for Soul/R&B Album.

Check out the full list of nominations below. READ FULL STORY

Adam Lambert on VH1's 'Behind the Music': His struggle with his sexuality -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

When eventual runner-up Adam Lambert hit American Idol back in 2009, the buzz about the singer wasn’t only focused on his stellar vocals–much of the din about Lambert instead was about his sexuality, which he didn’t address directly until after the season was completed.

It’s still a hot topic, as Lambert discusses when he first realized he was gay in the latest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Adam Lambert, which will air on the cable network Sunday, August 7, at 10 p.m. EW has the exclusive preview clip of the hour-long episode.


AMAs: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block knock our socks off

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To quote Usher: Oh. My. God. The American Music Awards got a blast from boy band past tonight when the Backstreet Boys took the stage with New Kids on the Block, forming one powerful, parenthetical song title-loving group called NKOTBSB. (The two groups are slated to tour together next summer. Squee!) They sang some of their greatest hits during the well-choreographed performance: Backstreet’s “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “I Want It That Way,” and “Larger Than Life,” and New Kids’ “Step By Step,” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff.)” The two groups clearly rehearsed more than any other artist who took the stage tonight, and the audience, in turn, loved it. Anyone old enough to be a child/teen/music lover of the 1990s could be seen mouthing along to most of the lyrics. (Watch the performance after the jump.)

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AMAs: Artist of the Year goes to...

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Baby, baby, baby, oh, did Justin Bieber have a big night at the American Music Awards! The tween sensation picked up three awards during the evening (and a fourth off-air), including the night’s biggest honor: Artist of the Year. (Fun fact: Bieber is officially the youngest to take home the top prize.) And though he dedicated his first two awards to God and Michael Jackson, he saved the third win for his mentor — taking the stage for his acceptance speech, Bieber said, “You know, I really got this opportunity really about a year-and-a-half ago, and really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. And I don’t know, but I feel like he’s had such an amazing ride, and it would only be right if I invited up here to share this with me. Not only my mentor, but my best friend and my big brother. I love you man.”

Sweet gesture?

AMAs: Ke$ha brings destruction, glitter

Predictably, Ke$ha brought along plenty of glitter and confetti for her American Music Award performance — but she also surprised the audience by bringing along instruments as well. Starting on the keyboards for “Take It Off,” the singer channeled C-3PO with some robotic attire, then invited a pack of dancing, shirtless, mullet-sporting men to join her for a rendition of “We R Who We R.” Naturally, Ke$ha had to end the performance with some sort of a shock moment — she capped it off by destroying her very pretty, very expensive-looking guitar. Eek — and the shredder in me shudders.

What did you think of Ke$ha’s eclectic performance?

AMAs: Taylor Swift covers OneRepublic. Who was she singing to?

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Taylor Swift went back to basics for her American Music Awards performance of “Back to December” — at first. Sitting at a piano, Swift brought vocals a tad somber for the Christmas-y set — but the singer stood up in the song’s final moments and switched gears, performing a brief cover of OneRepublic’s “Apologize.” I’ll leave whether or not her vocals were on point to you, Music Mixers, but, surely, many will also be wondering: Who was Swift singing to? (Please don’t tell me we’re about to open up this whole Kanye thing up again.) And more importantly: Straight or curly?

AMAs: Justin Bieber wins second award of the night, thanks Michael Jackson

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He might have thanked God in his first acceptance speech of the night, but Justin Bieber took the opportunity to thank another legend during his second speech: Michael Jackson. Said Bieber after accepting the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, “I want to thank Michael Jackson because without Michael Jackson, none of us would be here.” Of course, before moon-walking off the stage, Bieber made sure to make everyone watching feel old. Said the young singer about fellow category nominee: “I have been singing Eminem since I was three.”

AMAs: Pregnant Pink takes it easy for once

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The usually death-defying performer Pink let her back-up dancers do the heavy lifting during her performance of “Raise Your Glass” at the American Music Awards. Surrounded by skateboarders and gymnasts, Pink, wearing a pair of harem pants hiding her burgeoning belly, mostly walked around the busy stage. But can you blame her? The singer just announced her pregnancy! (And acknowledged it again by rubbing her tummy as exiting the stage.) Still, Pink showed off her powerful vocals — and her tendency to include the bizarre in her performances. What was up with that glitter guy?

Did you enjoy Pink without the bells and whistles?

AMAs: Nicki Minaj interrupts award to pimp 'Pink Friday'

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It’s not quite pulling a Kanye, but Nicki Minaj did interrupt tonight’s American Music Awards to promote her upcoming debut album, Pink Friday. While presenting the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, Minaj interrupted fellow presenter Taio Cruz — who was seconds away from announcing the winner in the category, Rihanna — in order to announce the Nov. 22 release of the album. Sure, it might have been rude, but then again, there are far more obnoxious ways to promote your work.

AMAs: Justin Bieber brings out the gospel choir

Just like Miley, Justin Bieber brought it down a few notches tonight during his American Music Awards performance of “Pray.” Beginning the song sitting at the piano, Bieber didn’t choose to hide behind his dance moves, instead belting out the inspiring tune with impressive strength. But the production got even bigger — surrounded by images of the troops, children, and religious symbols, Bieber was bolstered by a gospel choir to make the second half of his song even more powerful. And the audience seemed to dig it — Usher proudly showed his support for his mentee with an enthusiastic round of applause following the performance.

Did you did it, Music Mixers?


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