In case you missed it, here’s a few highlights/lowlights from the 37th annual American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from Los Angeles.
Janet Jackson opened the evening with an eight-minute medley of her hits, as well as new single “Make Me.”
Her brother Michael was one of the night’s top winners with four awards, trailing only Taylor Swift, who took home five statues.
Following her win for entertainer of the year, a stunned Swift gave her acceptance speech via satellite from London.
“I just want to say that music has never been ultimately about competition and to even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson who we’ll miss and love forever is an unimaginable honor,” Swift said. ”And I just want to say I’m sending my love to the Jackson family.”
Keith Urban won top honors in the country male artist category, while Green Day picked up the award for alternative rock artist. Urban performed “Kiss a Girl,” while Green Day gave a stripped down performance of “21 Guns.”
The Black Eyed Peas ran through a few of their hits, finishing up the medley with will.i.am rocking on guitar to Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit.”
Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys showcased their strong vocals, as did Lady Gaga, although I found her breaking glass bottles on the piano extremely disturbing.
It was also comeback night for Rihanna, Whitney Houston and Jennifer Lopez.
Sporting blond hair, a white bodysuit and a tattoo down her neck and chest promoting the new album Rated R, Rihanna sang “Wait Your Turn” and “Hard,” while Houston gave her first live performance in five years, singing “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.”
J Lo went with a boxing motif for her performance of new song “Louboutins,” but the champ got knocked on her a**. After climbing up the backs of her male dancers, J Lo jumped down to the ground, slipped and fell on her famous booty. I’ll give her this, she recovered nicely.
And now for the most talked about performance of the night…
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert promised a “sexy” performance at the AMAs, but the general consensus is that he went a bit overboard. Lambert thrust his hips into a dancer’s head to simulate oral sex and then shoved his tongue down his male keyboardist’s throat.
“I do feel like there’s a bit of a double standard in the entertainment community, on television, on radio,” Lambert told CNN backstage. “I feel like women performers have been pushing the envelope, especially, for the past 20 years. And all of the sudden a male does it and everybody goes ‘Oh, we can’t show that on TV.’ For me, that’s a form of discrimination and a double standard. And that’s too bad.”