The 2012 American Music Awards celebrated their 40th Anniversary on Sunday, November 18th. The awards go to the most popular artist and albums for the current year. There were several top 40 artists who made an appearance at the award show this year including Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Pink and Usher who opened the show. Take a look at the winners below along with a red carpet recap.
Artist of the year: Justin Bieber
New artist of the year: Carley Rae Jepsen
Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry (who was not at the show this year. Still not sure why...)
Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5
Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, "Believe"
Country female artist: Taylor Swift
Country male artist: Luke Bryan
Country band, duo, or group: Lady Antebellum
Country album: Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away" (I love T Swift, but boy am I glad Carrie finally won something for this album!)
Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded"
Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce (I didn't see her either!)
Soul/R&B male artist: Usher
Soul/R&B album: Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"
Alternative rock artist: Lincoln Park
Adult Contemporary artist: Adele
Latin artist: Shakira
Electronic dance music artist: David Guetta (New category for 2012!)
Hayden Panettiere, Carley Rae Jepsen, Ke$ha, P!nk, and Jennifer Lopez all dressed in grougeous cream or neutral color gown with a little added glitz.
Taylor Swift arriving at the AMAs.
Carrie Underwood arriving at the AMA's, preforming "Good Girl", and after the awards
in a blue ruffled mini.
Justin Bieber with his mom arriving at the AMA, preforming an acoustic version of "As Long as You Love Me", and after with Selena Gomez and his mom at an AMA after party.
Lucy Hale, duo Karmin, Ashanti, Kerry Washington, Christina Aguilera, and Nicki Minaj arriving on the red carpet.
These other guys and gals didn't do much for me. Nothing was a real stand out. Lucy looked cute, but I wish she had something to spice up the dress. The black dress is a classic staple, but it was too blah for me. Even a sparkly shoe would of added something because the red blends in with the carpet too much. Karmin and Ashanti. Hmm, I'm just not a fan of either. If Karmin wore different hair it would have been a huge difference. and AShanti, I don't know what it is about this one. I just don't like it. I would have enjoyed Kerry Washington's dress much better if it was a mini. It starts out beautiful with the yellow lace overlay, but I'm not liking the length for this event. Next, I think Christina Aguilera is just going through a rough time. I will say, this dress is 90% better then what she wears on a regular basis, but that hair... oh dear. Nicki Minaj - girl, Julie Bowen already wore this dress to the Emmy's. I mean, hey! I'd rather see her in a repeat then a goofy costume.
Ryan Seacrest, Chris Brown, and Ludacris arriving at the AMAs.
The Wanted, Lady Antebellum, No Doubt, and the
Backstreet Boys on the red carpet.