2010 American Music Awards Recap

by laliveinsider on Mon., Nov 22 at 09:00 AM

2010 belongs to Justin Bieber. Last night's American Music Awards only helped to affirm it. The 16 year-old Canadian took all four awards that he was nominated for including Favorite Artist of the Year, beating out industry veterans Eminem, Usher, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for the honor. Bieber is the youngest person ever to win the award.

The star studded night kicked off with a dynamic performance from Rihanna, who later won the award for Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist. She performed a medley of songs from her newly released album Loud, including the hit single What's My Name.

The AMAs are known for their highly elaborate stage performances and Black Eyed Peas certainly lived up that billing. The group, who also took home the awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, performed a rousing rendetion of their new song The Time while suspended several feet above the stage in small boxes.

The AMAs knew what they were doing in scheduling one of the night's most anticipated performances last. The boy band supergroup NKOTBSB performed a mash-up of songs from both New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys' illustrious catalog of hits. The group will set out on a world tour this summer. (Tickets for the STAPLES Center stop go on sale today.)

But just as the awards portion of the show belonged to Justin Bieber, so too did the night's performances. While most artists went for over-the-top, Bieber's performance of Pray, from his new acoustic album, was relatively stripped down and frill-free. But what it lacked in theatrics it certainly made up for in substance; The 16 year-old commands an audience with the skill of someone twice his age. The rendition of Pray, which began with Bieber sitting down at a piano and ended with him dancing alongside a gospel choir, received a standing ovation from the NOKIA Theatre crowd.

What did you think of the 2010 American Music Awards? Who got snubbed? Who's performance did you enjoy the most? The least? What artists are primed to blow up in 2011? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

American Music Awards 2010 Winners

Favorite Soul R&B Album
Usher, Raymond vs. Raymond

Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Group or Duo
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 Contemporary Inspirational Artist
MercyMe

Favorite Soundtrack
Glee: The Music, Volume 3

Favorite Alternative Rock Artist
Muse

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist
Justin Bieber

Favorite Pop/Rock Male
Justin Bieber

Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Male
Eminem

Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Justin Bieber, My World 2.0

Favorite Country Album
Carrie Underwood, Play On

Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Alternative Rock Artist
Muse

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Michael Buble

Favorite Soul/R&B Male
Usher

Favorite Artist of the Year
Justin Bieber

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