On Sunday, November 18th, 2012, ABC celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards. The three-hour award show awarded Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, David Guetta and many more artists while honoring the legends that have shaped music into what it is today such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and even the late, great host, Dick Clark. While the show was filled with a variety of performances, there were some that stood out for both good and unfortunately, bad reasons. With that said, we here at Everything Exclusive have taken a look at some of the best and worst moments of the night.
While the night was filled with several memorable moments, there were some that it would be considered a crime to go unnoticed. Even though they took the video off of Youtube due to racial concerns (specifically targeting the Native American community), No Doubt hit the stage to perform “Looking Hot” off of their recently released album Push And Shove. The rock band, whose last album was released in 2001, showed that they not only still have the skill, but also the talent and performance ability that will forever set them apart from other groups.
Along with lead singer Gwen Stefani, pop singer P!nk also took the stage after recently having a baby and showed that she too still has what it takes to put on a great show. Reenacting her music video for her single “Try” off her latest album The Truth About Love, P!nk danced around the stage in a contemporary style while still strongly singing the lyrics to her song. Compare that to some of the other performances of the night and P!nk is in a league of her own.
While we were all expecting Korean singer Psy to rip the stage with his hot song and dance that’s been taking over the internet, I don’t think anybody was expecting the legendary MC Hammer to come out and hit the stage with him. Performing a collaboration of “Gangnam Style” and “Too Legit To Quit”, both artists killed their performance and had the entire crowd up and dancing around. The new hip-hop rendition was not only a great way to end the show, but will definitely be what Psy needs to bring his single to the number one spot.
Although we can applaud Ke$ha for the commercial success her newest single “Die Young” will provide for her, it is obvious that she needs to work on her performance skills before she decides to hit the stage again. With a Dia de Los Muertos inspired theme, complete with bright colors and masked drummers, the pop singer attempted to dance along with the rhythm of her own heartbeat recorded on the song but failed horribly. Luckily, the AMA’s continued with better performances to pick up the pace, including “Burn It Down” by Linkin Park and Taylor Swift’s third single, “I Knew You Were Trouble” off her quick-selling album, Red.
It was not until Nicki Minaj took the stage performing her song “Freedom” dressed as a poodle-bred abominable snowman that things started to slow down once again. The pop artist attempted to not only rap, but also sing, while simultaneously appearing as if she was trapped in a giant snow globe. If the outfit wasn’t bad enough, the spontaneous gospel choir that had seemed to appear out of thin air might have thrown everybody off. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the worst we’ve seen from Nicki so we have no choice but to accept it.
Editor of Music, Giselle B.