By Elizabeth C.
NO BETTER PLACE TO BE SLINKING Sunday than the American Music Awards’ liquid party, where the music industry’s reigning names pop, locked and dropped their hottest numbers. Justin Bieber, Usher, Ke$ha, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and newcomer Psy all performed for the television audience and the crowd at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.
The showcase for America’s favorite pop music delivered nonstop stagecraft and, for the most part, tight performances. The only lull in the action was when Bieber turned down the heat with an acoustic performance of As Long As You Love Me. Was he singing to Selena Gomez, his on-off girlfriend with whom he’s been feuding? E! reports the pair were spotted together after the awards ceremony so maybe his plaintiff plea worked again. He picked the tempo back up with Beauty And The Beat with an assist from Nicki Minaj.
The sighting was confirmed by AMA presenter Jenny McCarthy who took a bite out of Bieber’s neck when he accepted his award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album. “My cub @justinbeiber brought his acceptable and beautifully aged beauty Selena to the AMA after party,” she tweeted. “Guess I’m back on the prowl. Rww!”
Bieber was the undisputed master of ceremonies as he bagged three awards. In addition to winning for favorite pop/rock album for Believe, the 18-year-old pop prince also took home trophies for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Artist of the Year. It’s enough to make any girl go weak, which explains why Selena was back before the night was out.
The YouTube-phenom turned superstar brought his mom up on stage with him when he was named artist of the year. “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” he said, looking at his mum. “It’s hard growing up with everything going on, with everyone watching me. I wanted to say that as long as you guys keep believing in me, I want to always make you proud.”
The show wrapped with a Psy and MC Hammer performing a mesmerizing mash-up of their two biggest hits, “Gangnam Style and Too Legit To Quit. Talk about going out with a bang.
For a list of the night’s winners, check out AMAs 365.