2010 American Music Awards: The Performances & List Of Winners

A careful look at the nominess for Sunday’s American Music Awards should have signaled that we were in for a long night of poor-to-horrendous attempts at live singing, but still, we just had no idea, you guys. Pitchiness abounded, but we did enjoy seeing some of our faves rock the red carpet beforehand. (Is Taylor Swift taking cues from Donatella Versace now?). Check below to see the evening’s performances from Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias and the rest of the lineup. Was it just us, or did you miss Adam Lambert?

Rihanna, “Love The Way You Lie (Part II)/What’s My Name/Only Girl (In The World)”

Enrique Iglesias, “I Know You Want Me/I Like It”

Miley Cyrus, “Forgiveness and Love” (what is this stevie nicks shit she’s trying to pull)

Diddy-Dirty Money, “Coming Home”

Kid Rock, “Born Free”

Black Eyed Peas, “The Time”

Katy Perry, “Firework”

Justin Bieber, “Pray”

Usher feat. Swedish House Mafia, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love Again”

Ke$ha, “Take It Off/We R Who We R”

Pink, “Raise Your Glass”

Christina Aguilera, “Express”

New Kids On The Block Vs. Backstreet Boys, Mashup Medley


Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Usher, Raymond v. Raymond
Favorite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Latin Music Artist: Shakira
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favorite Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse
Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Bublé
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Favorite Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Favorite Country Album: Carrie Underwood, Play On
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, Recovery
Favorite Soundtrack Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers

  • bee

    rihanna did pretty well vocally. miley sucked, and so did perry, tho i love that song. didn’t watch the others cuz i just don’t care.

  • MGW

    Bottom Line: they all sucked. Every last one. I’m 21, in college, and knee-deep in this music, played by all my mindless peers from the frat parties to working on homework. I mean, give me a break! I’m a musician/composer/songwriter/lyricist. And I’m not one to be pretentious about what music is, but step back and you’ll see that none of these people are making music.

    Music is an art. All these songs are written based on a formula. Yes a formula–for people to like them. No more unique music, no creativity. It’s manipulation by some money-hungry people.

    Anyone who likes these people should be ASHAMED. You’ve been fooled. Music is an expression of identity. So if you all like the same music, and that music is fake, then you are all the same damn person without identities, and you’re all fake. That’s sad.

    Learn to be aware. Please go find better music so you can be better people!

    Oh, and Bieber, he wasn’t playing the piano. How you can tell? He never looked down to see if his hands were in the right place. Even concert pianists do that. FAKE!!!

  • Julia

    NKOTBSB were awesome! They shut the show down with their performance. Most exciting moment of the show!

  • http://muchmusic.com Greg

    Wow, what a complete joke this was!! This is music? I agree with everything @MGW said! I teach music but if it continues on this route I’m wasting my time, and so are my poor students who actually have talent!!

  • Angellis

    Since when is Rihanna is RB/Soul? That was Aretha/Dione Warwick/Chaka Khan territory. Rihanna?? She is pop, bleats like a goat and has the emotional depth of a puddle. This is why I don’t listen to the radio, buy the top 40 crap or go to any of their concerts. This is no longer about singing or music. Just about everything tonight was lip-synced as there was backing track to everything. Now the only thing that matters is, can the artist dance and is there an electro beat.

  • Maggie

    The AMAs? A big yawn and a bunch of off-key no-talent singers, who desperately needed a dose of auto-tune. Me? Bored, and turned off… I watched Adam Lambert on True Hollywood Story to listen to a fabulous singer sing well. The verdict? The AMAs are dead to me.

  • tess4ADAM

    AMA’s? Oh! Yeah … they were on tonight too. Well … I had better things to do at that time like watching ADAM LAMBERT = E! True Hollywood Story. Best hour I spent all day watching TV. Now there is a man who can sing and SING BEAUTIFULLY … any genre … no lipsyncing (he doesn’t believe in it) … GREAT SHOWMAN … beautiful story … no AMAs for me …

  • dina

    i watched E hollywood true story instead, great stuff.

  • dina

    i agree, the piano part of justin bieber was so fake, unreal. btw his singing was so mediocre but it’s all about GOD i suppose. i did not watch AMA live but after reading this article and of course beiber rendition of Pray, the theme was entirely different compared last year although i must say without lambert and gaga it looked like the show was a complete BORE.

  • PurpleReign

    OMG, thank you, thank you, thank you! if this is music, then i need to find a new label for the real artists. it’s ALL formulaic and the accolades mean nothing in this era. it’s like saying, “let’s honor the best of the mediocre!”

  • tinaball

    They Lambasted Adam Lambert last year…but not a peep on this years sluttiness??
    how about Xtinas porn show with her girls??? legs spread,,,butts bent over…thats ok though…we are all used to looking at women acting like that….
    should have had Adam back…..so many of them are awful singers live…..at least he can belt it out…….I watched E!!!

  • https://www.michaeljackson.com/ goth jay jay

    I do not like Miley C she is Bi

  • Pris

    I couldn’t have said it better myself! I never watch the AMA’s or any other music award show for reasons such as this! but what came over me to watch last night, i can’t really say. all i know is i was so disappointed with where the industry has gone musically. the only time their music actually sounds decent is when altered extra-electronically by some DJ. and even then, thats a rare thing to find – phenomenal DJ’s! if the industry were on fire, i wouldn’t even so much as pee on it to save it. we need a revolution.

  • Wicked Glitter

    Bwahahaha! Their closing act was the Backstreet Boys! Last year it was Adam Lambert, and I couldn’t wait for his performance. This year I didn’t bother to watch because Adam wasn’t on. I watched Adam on E! instead, and I’m so glad I did. Adam was gorgeous, sweet,and charismatic as usual. He didn’t even have to sing with that great big ‘natural’ beautiful voice he has to make me happy that I chose to watch him.

  • indigo

    Adam Lambert is the only artist with real talent that was proven on American Idol, week after week and now almost 2 years later he continuse to entertain( 103+ sold out concerts). He is a worldwide star,adored by millions of fans. The True Hollywood story only covered the surface of this truly talented artist’s phenomenal power. Only time will tell and prove what his fans know about this out of the world talent. ADAM LAMBERT IS A ROCKSTAR!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brimeon

    Oh well. If I’m a musical mind slave, I don’t really care because I enjoy the music and enjoy being a mind slave. So all you people out there who feel more ‘enlightened’ then the common populous, I hope you like being disgruntled and unhappy with what’s popular. Because, short of war, your opinion is not going to change anything. Sorry.

  • Brimeon

    However, I do love Lambert and Gaga, and I also missed them greatly.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/118103966474739430675 ERIC KATZ

    Ironically, nobody had mentioned that Bon Jovi sang a medly of several of their hits. Though I also watched something else when this show was broadcast, I’d at least recorded it with my DVR.

  • Vicky

    BSB n Miley are awesome perfomances..
    Miss them…

  • http://yahoo.com Lauren

    look dude maybe you just don’t know what real music is!!! also those people work really hard to intertane people, and yea they might do it for money but maybe they enjoy doing what they do best! did you ever think that one through?! yea i don’t like Beiber but you know what i think that he was playing the piano, he’s WAY better than you i bet. all of those artist are great performers and you can’t do anything about it.

    p.s. your just one opion but think about the other million or more positive ones! :( you sould feel asamed of yourself!!!