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?
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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.”
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?
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.
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?
Normally, I would never think that the oft-scantily clad Katy Perry belongs in the same sentence as little kids. (Especially after the Sesame Street debacle.) But the singer appeared alongside a children’s choir to kick off her “Firework” performance — and the results were sizzling. But things got even hotter as soon as Perry shed layers of clothing (who else figured there had to be something under that mesh mess?) and brought out the pyrotechnics. Dangerous!
Did her performance burn you up, Music Mixers?
Yet another award belongs to Taylor Swift: The young country singer continues to be an awards show darling, picking up her third — that’s right, third — consecutive American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Artist. And though she’s not nominated in any other categories for the evening, she should make an impression later in tonight with her performance — and her newly straightened locks.
The American Music Awards announced their nominees today, and in a rare display of statuette-dispensary restraint, neither of 2010′s Dominant Blondes—Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga—lead the pack.
They are, of course, not entirely forgotten; Swift has a nod for Favorite Female Artist in the Country category, and Gaga two, for Favorite Female Artist in Pop or Rock and overall Artist of the Year.
But this year the AMAs, founded 38 years ago by Dick Clark and defined by a by-and-for-the-people populism (awards are determined by public poll), have directed the spotlight primarily on other acts: Lady Antebellum and Eminem each have five noms, followed by Justin Bieber with four, and Katy Perry, Usher, B.o.B. and Ke$ha with three apiece.
The show is set to air live from L.A. on Sunday, November 21st, and has announced Usher, Pink, and Bon Jovi as preliminary performers. Voting, now in its fourth year as a strictly online enterprise, has already begun; you can participate by clicking here—apparently, a privilege limited only to how many online identities you have (email ID is required to register), and how mobilized your fan club is. In other words: clear your mantle, Biebs.
Find a full listing of nominees after the jump:
Jennifer Lopez has parted ways with her record label, Sony’s Epic Records, as first reported by Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke (Lopez’s rep confirms the split to EW). The once-hot singer-actress had begun to stage her musical comeback late last year when she released a new single, “Louboutins,” and then fell while singing it at November’s American Music Awards. (See photo at left.) This likely means that Lopez’s seventh studio album, LOVE?, will not hit stores in April as had previously been planned.
Finke cites insiders who said that Lopez’s last two singles (“Louboutins” and “Fresh Out the Oven”) fulfilled the contract she had with Epic, and that LOVE?—said to feature production work from the Neptunes and Darkchild—was never finished. Lopez’s manager Benny Medina told Finke in a statement that “Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group, and they have shared many successes together, but the time was right to make a change that best serves the direction her career as an actress and recording artist. She is grateful and appreciative to everyone Sony for all that they accomplished together.”
Lopez apparently isn’t walking away from her music career: Her rep tells EW that the singer is currently negotiating with another label.
Lopez is still set to host Saturday Night Live this coming weekend. Although, now it seems she doesn’t even have an album-in-the-works to pimp during the monologue. Should she possibly just pursue a talk-show gig instead? Weigh in below, Music Mixers.
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