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Monday
Nov192012

Justin Bieber Named Artist of the Year at American Music Awards

Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- So what if the big closing number of the 40th Anniversary edition of the American Music Awards was a song sung in Korean, and the big winner was Canadian?  The fan-voted awards show, which aired Sunday night on ABC, still managed to pack a year’s worth of hit songs in every genre into one blowout, three-hour telecast.

Justin Bieber was the night’s big winner, in more ways than one.  He took home the most prestigious award, Artist of the Year, as well as two additional trophies: Favorite Pop/Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.  He also performed two songs -- “As Long as You Love Me” and “Beauty & a Beat.”  

Carly Rae Jepsen, the fellow Canadian whose career he boosted to the top of the charts this past year, scored her first major award for Favorite New Artist of the Year.  On top of that, Bieber’s mentor, Usher, opened the show and took home his 8th AMA, for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.

[ CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS ]

At the podium for the first time, a defiant Bieber announced, “This is for all the haters who thought that I was just here for maybe one or two years.  I feel like I’m gonna be here for a very long time.”

At the end of the evening, the overwhelmed singer brought his date for the night, his mom Patti, up onstage, and told his fans, “As long as you guys keep believing in me, I will always make you proud.”

Nicki Minaj, Bieber’s duet partner on “Beauty & a Beat,” also had a good night, taking home two awards: Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

The rapper and newly-minted American Idol judge thanked her fans, who she calls “Barbz,” saying, “You are so passionate and so inspiring.  Thank you so much for voting your little fingers off. I could just eat you and kiss you and love you and hug you.”

Some of music’s biggest names won in categories that weren’t announced on camera.  Beyonce was named Favorite Female Soul R&B Artist, while Katy Perry was named Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.  Rihanna took the Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Talk that Talk.  Adele was named Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, while Maroon 5 won Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group.  None of those artists were in the house, as it happened.

In the one rock category of the night, Linkin Park won Favorite Alternative Rock Artist for the fifth time. 

In the country categories, Taylor Swift was named Favorite Female for the fifth time -- her 11th AMA overall.  Carrie Underwood won Favorite Country Album for the fourth time for her current disc Blown Away.  Every album she’s ever released has won that award.  Luke Bryan was a surprise winner for Favorite Country Male Artist, while Lady Antebellum three-peated in the Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group category.

And because it was the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards, the show’s long history was celebrated through the night with a few classic clips here and there, including some 1975 footage of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson together, and a montage of Whitney Houston wins.  In addition, Ryan Seacrest introduced a tribute to the late Dick Clark, creator of the American Music Awards.

“Dick Clark loved the power of music and its ability to create pure joy,” he told the audience, before bringing on Clark’s friend of 49 years, Stevie Wonder.  The music legend performed three of his hits -- “Master Blaster (Jammin’),” “My Cherie Amour” and “Sir Duke” -- while a montage of Clark photos was shown behind him.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Dominate AMA Nominees

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(LOS ANGELES) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are the leading nominees for the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, announced this morning by Christina Aguilera.  Christina is the first artist confirmed to perform on the awards show, which will air November 18 on ABC.

Nicki and Rihanna each have four nominations individually. Following with three nods each are Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Drake, One Direction and Usher.  The nominees for the most prestigious category -- Artist of the Year -- are Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna and Drake.

Top country nominees include Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Lionel Richie, who released his first country album this past year.  The Alternative Rock nominees include The Black Keys, Gotye and Linkin Park.

Other nominees include Train, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and Trey Songz.

A new category has been added to the AMAs this year: Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist.  The nominees in that category are David Guetta, Skrillex and Calvin Harris.

Winners will be determined by online vote; you can vote starting today at AMAVote.com, as well as at AMA.abc.com.

Here are the nominees:


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Drake
Maroon 5
Katy Perry
Rihanna

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

J. Cole
fun.
Gotye
Carly Rae Jepsen
One Direction

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
Pitbull
Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

Kelly Clarkson
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Rihanna
 
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
fun.
Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber /Believe
Maroon 5/Overexposed
Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
One Direction/Up All Night

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP - COUNTRY               
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

FAVORITE ALBUM - COUNTRY

Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines
Lionel Richie/Tuskegee
Carrie Underwood/Blown Away

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

Drake
Nicki Minaj
Tyga

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
J. Cole/Cole World: The Sideline Story
Drake/Take Care
Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown/Fortune
Rihanna/Talk That Talk
Usher/Looking 4 Myself

FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK
The Black Keys
Gotye
Linkin Park

FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Adele
Kelly Clarkson
Train

FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN
Don Omar
Pitbull
Shakira

FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

Jeremy Camp
Newsboys
tobyMac                

FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Skrillex

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Tuesday
Oct092012

Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna Nominated for American Music Awards

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC News Radio has exclusively learned the nominees in one category for this year’s American Music Awards.  Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna have all been nominated for an AMA as favorite female artist in the category of Soul/Rhythm and Blues Music.

All the nominations for this year’s AMAs will be announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

The 40th anniversary edition of the American Music Awards will air Sunday, Nov. 18, on ABC, live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE.  In addition to featuring performances by music's biggest stars, the show will also celebrate 40 years of AMA history with a roundup of memorable moments.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov212011

American Music Awards: Taylor Swift Named Artist of the Year

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Less than two weeks after scoring the top prize at the Country Music Association Awards, Taylor Swift took home the biggest honor -- artist of the year -- at the American Music Awards, which aired live on ABC Sunday night.

The award was Swift's third of the evening -- she had previously won favorite country female artist and favorite country album -- but she appeared shocked when her name was called for the big prize.

"This is the craziest thing that has ever happened to me!" Swift said.  "Fans, please never change.  I can't believe this is happening to me!"

Adele was also a three-time winner on Sunday night's telecast, but two of her awards -- favorite adult contemporary artist and favorite pop/rock female artist -- weren't given out on camera.  On camera, she won favorite pop/rock album for 21, but she wasn't present to accept the award, since she's recovering from vocal cord surgery.

Nicki Minaj picked up two awards, for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and favorite rap/hip-hop album for Pink Friday, and also had the honor of opening the show.

"This one could actually make me cry," she said, accepting her win for favorite rap/hip-hop album.  "I can't believe this is happening."

Other winners included Rihanna and Beyonce -- both of whom accepted their awards via video message, since they weren't there -- plus Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and Hot Chelle Rae, who was named Sprint New Artist of the Year.  In addition, Katy Perry was given a special award of achievement for being the first woman ever to score five number one hits from a single album.  The only other artist who had ever done that was Michael Jackson.

However, the American Music Awards was really all about the live performances -- 17 in all, including over half a dozen artist collaborations.

The closing number was a performance by LMFAO, who turned the Nokia L.A. Live Theatre into a giant dance club with a medley of "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It" that featured guest appearances by Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff, numerous men ripping off their pants, showers of confetti and a giant inflatable zebra.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov212011

American Music Awards 2011: Winners List

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a winners list for the 39th annual American Music Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night:

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift

Sprint New Artist of the Year
Hot Chelle Rae

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist

Bruno Mars

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
Adele

Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
Maroon 5

Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Adele, 21

Special Achievement Award for Earning Five Number-One Singles from One Album
Katy Perry

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Adele

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
Usher

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Beyonce

Favorite Soul/R&B Album
Rihanna, Loud

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album

Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

Favorite Alternative Music Artist
Foo Fighters

Favorite Latin Music Artist
Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Country Male Artist
Blake Shelton

Favorite Country Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Band Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Country Album
Taylor Swift, Speak Now

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Casting Crows

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov222010

Justin Bieber Sweeps American Music Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Tim Ogier(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards Sunday night, winning in all four of the categories in which he was nominated including the big one: Artist of the Year.  The teen idol from Stratford, Ontario is now the youngest artist ever to win that prestigious trophy.

He was also named Favorite Pop/Rock Artist and T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, while his album My World 2.0 was named Favorite Pop/Rock album.  Bieber also debuted his new song, a socially-conscious anthem called "Pray," during the show.

During one of his several trips to the podium, Bieber said, "I can't stop smiling.  I'm from the smallest town in the world of like, 30 thousand people.  I never thought this was possible."  At another point, he thanked Michael Jackson, saying, "Without Michael Jackson, none of us would be here."  And when he took the top prize, he invited his mentor Usher onstage with him, calling him "my best friend and my big brother."

Usher himself didn't have too bad a night -- he performed "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," and took home two trophies.  Acknowledging that his recent success came after some time out of the spotlight, he told the crowd, "Can't call it a comeback -- I been doing it 18 years, y'all!"

Other winners included The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, the British rock band Muse, country star Brad Paisley, and Michael Buble, who was named Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and announced at the podium, "God, I LOVE winning things!"

Also, the two leading nominees going into the awards -- Lady Antebellum and Eminem -- didn't go home empty-handed.  Eminem, who didn't attend, won two awards off-camera, while Lady A won one award. 

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Friday
Nov192010

American Music Awards Air Sunday Night

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- The American Music Awards airs Sunday on ABC at 8:00 p.m., and will feature performances by Rihanna, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Usher, Justin Bieber, Santana with Gavin Rossdale, The Black Eyed Peas, Train, Enrique Iglesias, Kid Rock, Ne-Yo, Miley Cyrus and -- performing together -- New Kids on the Block and The Backstreet Boys.

Presenters include Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Mike Posner, Taio Cruz, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest, Trey Songz, Will Smith's daughter Willow and Lady Antebellum.

Speaking of Lady A, they, along with Eminem, are the lead nominees going into the awards, with five nods each.  Justin Bieber is the next most-nominated act, with four nods. 

Before the show, a live red carpet digital pre-show will air on Ustream.TV and ABC.com.  It will be hosted by Lance Bass, American Idol season eight finalist Danny Gokey, iCarly star Jeannette McCurdy, and former co-star of MTV's reality show The Hills, Whitney Port.

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Presenters Announced for American Music Awards

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(NEW YORK) -- The presenters for this Sunday night's American Music Awards have been announced and they include Lady Antebellum, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Taio Cruz, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest, Sheryl Crow, Trey Songz and Will Smith's daughter, Willow, in addition to "surprise appearances."

The awards show, which also features live performances from Pink, Usher, Bon Jovi, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and Justin Bieber, airs Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Monday
Nov082010

Rihanna Will Open American Music Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/The Walt Disney Company(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna has been added to the bill of the American Music Awards, airing live on ABC on Nov. 21.  But she's not just performing -- she has the honor of opening the telecast.

Rihanna's album, Loud, is coming out Nov. 16.

The other acts who'll be performing on the show include Pink, Usher, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Diddy-Dirty Money and Christina Aguilera.

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Friday
Oct222010

Christina Aguilera to Perform at American Music Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/The Walt Disney Company(NEW YORK) -- Christina Aguilera is the latest artist to join the lineup for the American Music Awards, which will air Nov. 21 on ABC.  Aguilera will perform a number from her upcoming movie Burlesque, which hits theaters November 25.

According to ABC, so far, the only other officially confirmed acts on the bill are Pink, Bon Jovi and Usher.

Lady Antebellum and Eminem are the leading nominees at this year's awards, with five each.

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