2012 American Music Awards

Just like Heidi: Taylor Swift went for a similar look in her embellished gold frock and neat bun

Just like Heidi: Taylor Swift went for a similar look in her embellished gold frock and neat bun

Music’s finest princes and princesses graced the red carpet at the American Music Awards on Sunday. And the talented guests made sure to crank up the glamour for the annual event in Los Angeles.

Heidi Klum may not be a musician but the supermodel managed to steal the show from the artists in her very racy frock. She sported a shimmering gold brocade dress that had a high-neck, which was cancelled out and then some by a seductive split all the way up to her thigh.

In case the leggy blonde wasn’t flashing enough flesh, her skimpy dress also had plunging flesh panels that fell below her chest. Gold was chosen also by Taylor Swift, who looked as though she could have coordinated with Heidi in her equally embelished frock and matching bun.

Metallics were in fact favored by a whole host of attendees, including Hayden Panettiere and Stacy Keibler in silver, and Elisha Cuthbert, Jenny McCarthy and Brandy opting for gold also. Meanwhile, Pink chose a metallic gown with a leather cut-out top and full skirt which has been sported by the likes of Kim Kardashian.

Trying something new: Jordin Sparks decided to show her sexy side in an unusual printed and plunging gown

Trying something new: Jordin Sparks decided to show her sexy side in an unusual printed and plunging gown

Jordin Sparks took a sexier approach than usual when it came to dressing for the bash. The singer made sure she turned heads in an unusual printed gown, which boasted a mesh panel top under its low neckline.

And Carly Rae Jepsen looked closer to her 26 years for once in her elegant sparkling pink dress which flashed some cleavage. The singer will be performing her new, ridiculously catchy single This Kiss for the crowd at the event.

Carly, who is Justin Bieber’s protegee  is also up for a gong in the form of the Spring New Artist of the Year Award, for which she will compete against the likes of One Direction, fun., Gotye and J. Cole.

Ke$ha went for something of a new look with her platinum blonde hair in soft waves while she sported a lacy pink mini-dress and black platforms. But the singer couldn’t resist showing her wild side which she did by showing off a huge amount of piercings on her ear, along with a ring in her nose.

Ginnifer Goodwin also chose a pastel pink color  with intricate silver detailing on her dress.

Leading the nominees are Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, with Nicki up for favorite female artist and album for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.  The diva is also hoping to take home favorite artist and album accolades in the hip-hop/rap category, which are two awards she won last year.

Rihanna meanwhile is hoping to win the most coveted gong of the evening – artist of the year – but she’ll have to beat Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Drake to do so.

The full list of winners:

Artist of the year: Justin Bieber
New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen
Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry
Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber
Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5
Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, Believe
Country female artist: Taylor Swift
Country male artist: Luke Bryan
Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum
Country album: Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce
Soul/R&B male artist: Usher
Soul/R&B album: Rihanna, Talk That Talk
Alternative rock artist: Linkin Park
Adult contemporary artist: Adele
Latin artist: Shakira
Contemporary inspirational artist: tobyMac
Electronic dance music artist: David Guetta

Golden girl: Heidi Klum was the centre of attention in her revealing gold brocade dress at the American Music Awards on SundayGolden girl: Heidi Klum was the centre of attention in her revealing gold brocade dress at the American Music Awards on SundaySkin on show: If the thigh high split wasn’t enough, Heidi’s dress also boasted flesh panels across her chestSkin on show: If the thigh high split wasn't enough, Heidi's dress also boasted flesh panels across her chestAccess all areas: The supermodel joked around with the cameras backstage at the Los Angeles eventAccess all areas: The supermodel joked around with the cameras backstage at the Los Angeles eventPreserving her modesty: Heidi had to sit with her hands placed strategically so she didn’t reveal too muchPreserving her modesty: Heidi had to sit with her hands placed strategically so she didn't reveal too muchStand by your man: Pink wore a metallic gown with a leather cut-out top and full skirt as she posed up with husband Carey HartStand by your man: Pink wore a metallic gown with a leather cut-out top and full skirt as she posed up with husband Carey HartSmoking hot: Jenny McCarthy made for an arresting sight in her sequined skirt and strapless black topSmoking hot: Jenny McCarthy made for an arresting sight in her sequined skirt and strapless black topShe can work anything: Gwen Stefani was very dressed down in leather pants and an oversize jacket, but as always looked amazingShe can work anything: Gwen Stefani was very dressed down in leather trousers and an oversize jacket, but as always looked amazingShe can work anything: Gwen Stefani was very dressed down in leather pants and an oversize jacket to pose with the rest of No Doubt, but as always looked amazingShe can work anything: Gwen Stefani was very dressed down in leather trousers and an oversize jacket to pose with the rest of No Doubt, but as always looked amazingNo Selena then?: Justin Bieber brought his mother Patricia along as his date to the ceremonyNo Selena then?: Justin Bieber brought his mother Patricia along as his date to the ceremonyHis biggest fan: The teen idol sweetly planted a kiss on his mother’s cheek as they walked the red carpet togetherHis biggest fan: The teen idol sweetly planted a kiss on his mother's cheek as they walked the red carpet togetherSealed with a kiss: Jordin and her beau Jason Derulo happily enjoyed a red carpet PDASealed with a kiss: Jordin and her beau Jason Derulo happily enjoyed a red carpet PDALooking svelte: Jordin Sparks shows off her slim figureJordin Sparks

Beautiful: Jordin Sparks is glowingJordin Sparks and Jason Derulo AMA 2012

Petite beauty: Rocsi Diaz looks beautiful in her peplum outfitRocsi Diaz AMA 2012

Red boss: rapper Tyga opted for all redTyga AMA 2012

Music producer Swizz Beatz looked dapper in his blue suitSwizz Beatz AMA 2012

Backstreet’s back alright: The Backstreet Boys even took the boyband approach of sporting matching suits in different colorsBackstreet's back alright: The Backstreet Boys even took the boyband approach of sporting matching suits in different coloursMum’s the word: Sean Kingston also brought his mother along as his plus one to the eventMum's the word: Sean Kingston also brought his mother along as his plus one to the eventArm in arm: Caroling Boyer and Luke Bryan cuddled up together before making their way insideArm in arm: Caroling Boyer and Luke Bryan cuddled up together before making their way insideGangnam style: Psy was in a lively mood from the moment he arrived and performed the dance he made famousGangnam style: Psy was in a lively mood from the moment he arrived and performed the dance he made famousGlad they came: The Wanted showed they are still taking America by storm when they arrived at the awards eventGlad they came: The Wanted showed they are still taking America by storm when they arrived at the awards eventGorgeous goddess: Kelly Rowland looked every inch a divaKelly RowlandScandal’s yellow lady: Kerry Washington opted for a bright yellow dressKerry WashingtonCarly Rae Jepsen opted for a baby pink dress and looked beautifulCarly Rae JepsenKe$ha also opted for a baby pink lace dressKe$haGolden girl: Gold was chosen also by Taylor SwiftTaylor SwiftSwag: Chris Brown was clad in all leatherChris BrownThey scrub up well: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame looked suave as they arrived togetherThey scrub up well: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame looked suave as they arrived togetherCarrie Underwood looked delicious in her purple lace dressCarrie UnderwoodBringing some colour to the carpet: Neon Trees were certainly a sight for sore eyes in their bright outfitsBringing some colour to the carpet: Neon Trees were certainly a sight for sore eyes in their bright outfits

Interesting Outfit Choices at the 2012 AMAs

While teams of celebs glittered in gold on the red carpet at the American Music Awards on Sunday night – two celebs who certainly didn’t blend in with the crowd were Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera.

The divas both opted for eye-catching looks – but ultimately pushed at the fashion boundaries a little too much. Christina, 31, sporting a very orange fake tan, squeezed her generous curves into a tight-fitting purple wrap-around dress, split to the thigh. The Voice judge completed her look with what appeared to be a blonde bobbed wig and purple eye-shadow.

Nicki, meanwhile, slipped into a garish neon sleeveless dress, with her blonde hair set in a voluminous, curly style. Minaj, 29, along with Rihanna, is the top nominee at Sunday’s American Music Awards, which are being held in Los Angeles. But the rapper-singer – also a judge for the upcoming season of American Idol – isn’t concerned with her four nominations.

They were not the only ones to get it wrong. Cyndi Lauper wore striped tights and a bizarre jacket complete with tartan detailing while socialite Phoebe Price donned a garish gold sequinned dress, which didn’t match up to the likes of Heidi Klum and Taylor Swift’s gold offerings.

There were some questionable outfits from some of the men too; Black Eye Peas singer will.i.am donned a quirky black and gold ensemble while Sean Kingston slipped on a wild print jacket.

‘I don’t do music for awards,’ the 29-year-old said in an interview. ‘It’s so crazy because people always have to remind me that I’m nominated for an award when I go to award shows. I know they’re going to come. I’m sitting here looking at my awards right now,’ she continued with a laugh.

‘I never stress it. I think of myself as `I’ll have a career long enough to get all those different awards.”

In the pop/rock category, Minaj is up for favorite female artist and album for ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.’ She’s also nominated for favorite artist and album in the hip-hop/rap category, two awards she won last year.

Minaj isn’t up for the night’s top award, though. Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber will battle it out for artist of the year.

Christina Aguilera posed on the red carpet in her purple wrap-around dressChristina Aguilera

Nicki Minaj striking a poseNicki Minaj AMA 2012

Neon queen: Nicki slipped into a garish neon sleeveless dressNicki MinajDouble trouble: The singers posed together on the red carpet in their garish ensemblesDouble trouble: The singers posed together on the red carpet in their garish ensemblesBright night: Nicki, who is nominated for four awards, wore a neon dress while Christina slipped into a purple number split to the thighBright night: Nicki, who is nominated for four awards, wore a neon dress while Christina slipped into a purple number split to the thigh Candy girl: For her performance Nicki had bubblegum pink hair and wore a bulky white faux fur jacketCandy girl: For her performance Nicki had bubblegum pink hair and wore a bulky white faux fur jacketBoys boys boys: Ke$ha happily body-surfed across a group of half-naked men while on stageBoys boys boys: Ke$ha happily body-surfed across a group of half-naked men while on stageOoh la la: Christina as usual put it all on display by sporting a star-embellished corset for her performance with PitbullOoh la la: Christina as usual put it all on display by sporting a star-embellished corset for her performance with Pitbull

Highlight of the awards: Psy featuring MC Hammer

Like looking in a mirror: Both MC Hammer and Psy are known for their funny songs with crazy accompanying dance routines

Like looking in a mirror: Both MC Hammer and Psy are known for their funny songs with crazy accompanying dance routines

Psy surprised the crowd at the 2012 American Music Awards on Sunday, bringing 80s rapper MC Hammer on stage with him to perform a mashup of his “Gangnam Style” and Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit.”

They both created dance moves so strange they took the world by storm, so it’s not a surprise that Psy and MC Hammer finally teamed up to cut a rug together. Taking to the stage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, the infamous creator of Hammertime joined the Korean pop sensation to perform a special version of Gangnam Style.

Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known as MC Hammer, is the latest celebrity to get into the craze, after Madonna, Andrew Garfield, Carrie Underwood, Susan Boyle and even Bruce Forsyth all performed the dance.

Like looking in a mirror: Both MC Hammer and Psy are known for their funny songs with crazy accompanying dance routines

Unique dancers: MC Hammer and Psy chat it up on the red carpet

Psy had the honors of closing the music industry awards gala with his number one hit song, and was joined by the rapper halfway through the performance.
After yelling the infamous words, ‘Stop, Hammertime’ the pop sensation was joined by the 50-year-old 90s hit maker who took to the stage with great enthusiasm and performed the crazy dance routine energetically.

In an ode to MC Hammer, the South Korean singer even wore the infamous ‘hammer pants’, better known as harem pants, sported by the rapper in his U Can’t Touch This video.

And the unexpected performance was clearly enjoyed by the star-studded audience, as beauties Kerry Washington and Heidi Klum were spotted dancing and singing along.

Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet seemed slightly bewildered at what was happening on stage, but looked entertained regardless.

Will.i.am had the honors of introducing the performance, telling the A-listers in the Nokia Theater in LA: ‘Many of us have uploaded videos on Youtube, but there’s only one person that has 700 million views in just a couple of months.’
‘The Korean phenomenon, my homeboy Psy, scream and shout.’

Psy himself seemed psyched about the performance, writing on Twitter just hours before getting on stage: ‘How lucky I am!! Gonna be the Closing of #AMAs!! #HammerTime.’

The singer from South Korea has been taking over the pop industry with his crazy song, taking the number one spot on the charts in over 30 countries.
The accompanying video has been viewed a record breaking 760 million times as of Monday, making it into the Guinness Book of World Record as the most liked Youtube video in history.

Hey sexy ladies! MC Hammer and Psy team up for an energetic performance at the American Music AwardsHey sexy ladies! MC Hammer and Psy team up for an energetic performance at the American Music AwardsCelebrity craze: After getting covered by a range of A-listers including Madonna, it’s no wonder MC Hammer wanted to get a piece of the Gangnam Style actionCelebrity craze: After getting covered by a range of A-listers including Madonna, it's no wonder MC Hammer wanted to get a piece of the Gangnam Style actionCrazy pants: Psy even wore the iconic hammer pants for his performance with the 90s rapperCrazy pants: Psy even wore the iconic hammer pants for his performance with the 90s rapperStop … Hammertime: The South Korean singer performed the hit song on his own until MC Hammer appearedStop ... Hammertime: The South Korean singer performed the hit song on his own until MC Hammer appearedWhop, there he is: The 50-year-old rapper had no problems in performing the energetic dance routineWhop, there he is: The 50-year-old rapper had no problems in performing the energetic dance routineCutting a rug: The two hit makers are both known for their crazy dance routines that took the world by stormCutting a rug: The two hit makers are both known for their crazy dance routines that took the world by stormHow lucky! Psy even took to Twitter before the performance to tell his fans how excited he was to be joined on stage by the rapperHow lucky! Psy even took to Twitter before the performance to tell his fans how excited he was to be joined on stage by the rapperThat went well! The two look delighted with their performance as they take in the cheers from the audienceThat went well! The two look delighted with their performance as they take in the cheers from the audienceCongrats dude: The pop stars hugged it out after they closed the AMA’s in styleCongrats dude: The pop stars hugged it out after they closed the AMA's in styleStrike a pose: The performance really closed the awards gala with a bangStrike a pose: The performance really closed the awards gala with a bang

Video clips of performances at 2012 AMAs

Chris Brown, Swizz Beatz & Ludacris perform “Everyday Birthday”

Usher performs “Numb,” “Climax,” “Don’t Stop”

Nicki Minaj performs “Freedom”

Justin Bieber performs “Beauty and the Beat” with Nicki Minaj

Pink performs “Try”

Christina Aguilera performs “Lotus,” “Let There Be Love,” and “Army of Me”

Pitbull performs with Christina Aguilera

Stevie Wonder pays tribute to Dick Clark

PSY performs with MC Hammer

 

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11 thoughts on “2012 American Music Awards

  1. Heidi Klum looked breathtaking wish she wore this to the MTV EMAs. I still can’t get over MC Hammer’s performance. The man is 50 and can still move. Psy did a great job as well. Nicki Minaj’s costume and stage was over the top. Christina’s vocal are just excellent. I liked Pink and mostly all the other performances.

  2. So no one going to talk about how Christian Aguilera gained weight? What happened to her? Is this even healthy for someone that short? The AMAs were OK not great and not terrible. I think the performances were pretty predictable.

  3. Yes to all the acts! It was a nice award show. My favorite moment was when Psy introduced MC Hammer. Too legit…too legit to quit…

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