American Music Awards 2011: The 6 Most Memorable Moments

Nov 21st, 2011 // 19 Comments
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Our heads are still spinning from the hefty amount of performances and sheer volume of party-rocking that went on during last night’s American Music Awards! In fact, there was so much pop mayhem to sift through that narrowing down six memorable moments was almost impossible. Still, we managed to suss out half-a-dozen highlights for you to check out. And, by all means, if you think we missed something, give us a shout in the comments below!

THE 6 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM THE 2011 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

1. Justin Bieber dancing with LMFAO in yellow zebra print pants. Still in denial that “Party Rock Anthem” was the very definition of “zeitgeist” in 2011? Dynamic dance-pop duo LMFAO had the entire AMAs crowd on their feet, waving glow sticks and singing along during their finale. The world’s collective mind was blown when Justin Bieber emerged on stage in his classiest party rock threads — that would be a black tee with cut-off sleeves and zebra print jeans — and stomped around with wild abandon. Once again the Bieb proved that he’s a sly fox who always manages to be in on the joke.

2. David Hasselhoff stripping down to his boxers during LMFAO’s performance. The party-rockin’ didn’t stop the above song! LMFAO also mixed in their current Top 10 smash “Sexy And I Know It”, and brought the real Sexiest Man Alive on stage for their big finale — David Hasselhoff! (Sorry, Bradley Cooper.) The Hoff’s skivvies boasted a smiley face on the crotch and the words “don’t judge me” across his rear end. Like any one could ever…

3. Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera doing “Moves Like Jagger”. Sure, at this point we want to kick in the car stereo while wearing golf shoes every time “Moves Like Jagger” comes on the radio. (To be fair, we did enjoy the song the first 1,467 times we heard it.) But M5 and Xtina’s performance was electrically charged last night. And, you know what? It made us realize that we really miss seeing Aguilera singing up there on stage. Roll out The Voice Season 2, already.

4. Adam Lambert’s return to the AMAs stage. Okay, okay — Adam didn’t perform, exactly. In fact, he was simply charged with the task of introducing OneRepublic. Still, given the unnecessary media attention paid to his AMAs performance two years ago, the Glam One’s hilariously wink-wink quip (“Wow! Has is been two years already? Time flies.”) was delivered with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheekiness and Lambert sass.

5. Nicki Minaj’s robo-booty. Was Nicki supposed to be a Transformer? A battery? Were those speakers on her butt? Whatever was going on with her outfit during her performance with David Guetta, we couldn’t take our eyes off her “Super Bass” bottom.

6. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez jamming to “Super Bass” in the audience. These two besties played a big part in Minaj’s “Super Bass” becoming a huge hit (not to mention being chosen for a single release) when they rapped some of the lyrics during separate promotional appearances at the beginning of the year. So it was awesome to see the girls enjoying the fruits of their promotional labor while Nicki tore the stage up with the song.

Did we miss something? What were your favorite moments during last night’s American Music Awards? Hit up the comments below and let us know!

  1. Starlight

    Kelly Clarkson ‘s jazzy version of Mr.Know It All –>BEST OF THE NIGHT !

  2. re: #4 … AND i guess just his longtime fans realized the outfit was the same! except a dif long coat added, and bits (tie and ring) were shared w Adam’s rl boyfriend! Beat up for stage gay 2 yrs ago; flaunting rl handsome boyfriend this year. The deep connection w his fans often goes unnoticed by casual observers. He is ever multifaceted in performance, and in rl. He’s a trip!

  3. re: Nicki Minaj’s outfit
    Johnny 5 is alive!

  4. abeljose22

    Are you kidding me??, Jlo’s performance was the most memorable moment of the night, hands down! like everyone’s been talking about it but you.. fail.

  5. Loved seeing Adam Lambert back on AMA stage all nattily dressed in a sparkly suit and kickass swirly coat! Adored the enthusiastic crowd response to his return and his cute little quip. Bring on a performance next year!

  6. michelle bobbitt

    I LOVED the part where ADAM LAMBERT comes on stage to give out an award…..he looks great….BUT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SINGING!!!!! Whats wrong with you guys….look what he did with QUEEN….look out for next year!!!! HE IS GOING TO ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. michelle bobbitt

    The ending.

  8. Jlos performance was definitely the steal of the night! it was out of this world!

  9. Jacqui

    Couldn’t agree more Marilyn.

  10. sassafrass

    the whole show was a stinking pile of poop – im worried for the future of music

  11. David Liger

    JLo’s performance #1… kinda weird you’re the only ones not mentioning it.

  12. DANA MARTIN

    I WAS GLAD TO SEE ADAM. WISH THAT HE HAD PERFORMED AGAIN.

  13. Rob

    Justin Bieber is a wreck. He couldn’t keep on key during that awful song he sang and he tries too hard to be a star. THen he messes up his dance act with that AWFUL last song. Again, I was embarrassed for this show. The closing was the worse and why would anyone approve this? It wasnt funny at all. It was sick. J Lo, I love her Up on the Floor song but come on, was it appropriate to wear that outfit, Ms Mother? You women have no one to look up to from that show. I will say the country stars that were on are so much more classier then the rest.

  14. Xadax

    Amen to Xtina!

  15. HEP.

    DOES ANYONE COME OUT AND JUST SING ANYMORE?..I GUESS NOT,MOST OF THE SHOW WAS A MESS…MUSIC TAKE A SECOND CHAIR TO SPACE SHIP AND PINK SMOKE..THIS WHOLE SHOW RESEMBLED A AUDITION FOR RINGLING BROTHERS,NOT A AWARD…ADAM LAMBERT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT..

  16. JeAnna

    Jennifer killed it, and memorable for you was Justin Beiber in corny fag skinny jeans, WOW—FAIL!!!!

  17. kitty

    Bieber couldn’t hit a note if it smacked him in the forehead. That mistletoe song was a disaster. Jlo was an embarrassment. The only hope for the music world is if Adam Lambert continues to give us the best voice in the business. He actually sings, for God sake, unlike just about everyone else on this show. Kelly Clarkson? She can sing. Otherwise, this was a shriek-fest.

  18. rihanna is the bast LoVe RIHI my hany <3

  19. sarina

    i wish go one of the adam lambert’s concert:)

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