American Music Awards 2012 – Winners List and Live Blog

I’ll be live blogging the American Music Awards right here! Stay tuned for Videos.

It starts! Usher takes the stage with a medley of hits Numb; Climax; Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. Now THAT was pretty HOT.

Ryan Seacrest takes the stage! Tonight we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards. We’ll be taking a trip down memory lane. Right now, check out Beyonce performing “Put a Ring on It”, with Glee’s Heather Morris! Not exactly ancient history!

Ryan presents the first award – Favorite Male Artist Pop Rock to Justin Bieber. It’s his 5th AMA win. He’s nominated for two more awards.  Justin says “This is for the HATERZ who thought I’d be around for just a couple years…I’m going to be around for many years to come.”  Uhm Justin. It HAS only been a couple of years. Don’t get smug, now!

Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family takes the stage to present Favorite Country Female Artist. Will Carrie Underwood win? FINGERS CROSSED.  The winner is Taylor Swift. UGH SHE”S NOT LONGER A COUNTRY ARTIST. SO FREAKING BOGUS.  Eric asks her if she ever won an award before. LOLZ.  She’s keeping “surprise face” at bay.

Lucy Hale and Phillip Phillips take the stage! Didn’t she win American Juniors? They introduce another reality singing show contestant, Carly Rae Jepsen, who sings “This Kiss” and “Call Me Maybe”.

Next, it’s The Wanted singing “I Found You”. Falsetto for the win? Uhm. Not really.

Randy Jackson takes the stage! First, it’s a shout out to Hurricane Sandy victims. Randy is introducing the GREAT KELLY CLARKSON. She’s singing a medley of Miss Independent; Since U Been Gone; Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You); Catch My Breath. CUTE! She’s wearing a cute short dress with an AMERICAN IDOL NUMBER PLASTERED ON HER STOMACH! Dancers sit in chairs in front of her as if they were judges. Ahhhhh! SHE’S THE QUEEN! She eventually rips off the number before she sings “Stronger”.

Stacy Keebler and Ne-Yo take the stage. In 1972 Hip Hop was something the Easter Bunny did. Ohhh K.  The present Favorite Album Rap Hip Hop to Nicki Minaj. It’s her 3rd AMA. She won in the same category last year. She thanks her Barbz and Lil Wayne.

The legendary Cyndi Lauper takes the stage to introduce a performance from Ke$ha. The pop singer performs “Die Young”. She launches into an African drum solo. Very tribal.

Karmin take the stage to introduce No Doubt. They sing “Looking Hot”. In case we need it spelled out there are flames shooting out of the stage. Gwen Stefani is looking more and more like Madonna.

Kerry Washington and Anton Apolo OhNo is next. They present Favorite Alternative Rock Artist to Linkin Park. It’s their fifth win in the category. I’m a little surprised they won, to be honest. But I guess they’ve got a fan base who have stuck around over the years.

Taylor Swift is next. She sings “I Knew You Were Trouble” live on TV for the First Time Evah. Gosh, she really deserved that Best Female Country Artist, didn’t she? Next year, move her into the Pop category please. There ain’t nothing country about this performance.

Ginnifer Goodwin and… present the Favorite Male Artist – Soul R&BUsher wins. HOORAY. So glad it wasn’t that ass clown, Chris Brown. Was Usher bleeped? He’s giving a very discombobulated speech.

Lady Antebellum present Favorite Country Male Artist to Luke Bryon.

Linkin Park take the stage to RAWK OUT on “Burn It Down”.  Now it’s time for me to grab a snack!

And now, Nicki Minaj sings “Freedom”. It’s the debut! The stage is decorated as a pink park, she’s in white, a gospel choir joins her on stage. Very understated for Ms. Minaj. This is actually a beautiful song. She be cray cray, but she’s hella talented.

Heidi Klum takes the stage to introduce Rock Star, Poet and Fashionista PINK! Hell yes. She sings “Try”. She’s performing the gorgeous dance routine from the video. This is amazing. Is she singing live? Yes she is! This is AMAZING.

The Backstreet Boys take the stage to present an award to the New Artist of the Year.  Carly Rae Jepsen takes it. WHAT???? Not One DirectionSimon Cowell is pissed. Hooray.

Colbie Caillat and Gavin Degraw introduce the Earnst and Young dudes and then presents Favorite Group Country to Lady Antebellum. This is their 3rd win in a row.

Carly Rae Jepsen introduces her BFF Justin Bieber. He sings As Long As You Love Me and Beauty and a Beat. Nicki Minaj joins him for the latter. Nicki has changed into a black wig! Justin still seems like a 12 year old. He’s hard to take seriously.

Elisha Cuthbert and Kelly Rowland gives us an acronym lesson. They present the Favorite Artist – EDM to David Guetta. The category is brand new.

Gloria Estefan introduces Christina Aguilera who sings Lotus; Army of Me; Let There Be Love. It’s time for acceptance and self love, ya’ll!

Pitbull is next to sing “Don’t Stop the Party”. Pitbull is like, party dude man.  When he tells me not to stop, I listen. Christina takes the stage to make the affair a SUPER DUPER LATIN PARTY.

Luke Bryon and Jenny McCarthy take the stage to present Favorite Pop Rock Album to  Justin Bieber for “Believe” I wonder if he’ll that the Haterz again.  Oh. He forgot to thank Usher last time. And God.  Jenny is all dolled up like the Corporate Porn Secretary. OMG she attacks him to cover his neck in kisses. “I feel violated right now,” says Justin.

Now, it’s time for CARRIE UNDERWOOD COUNTRY QUEEN .She debuts her new single. “Two Black Cadillacs.”  She’s wearing a pretty, sparkly, feathery black dress.

Brandy takes the stage to explain why she has called her album 2-11. She will never forget the day that Whitney Houston died.  Hm. A little exploitative maybe? She introduces Swizz Beats with Chris Brown and Ludacris. They sing “Everyday Birthday”. I dig this song as long as I ignore ass clown, Chris Brown. HAPPY BIRFDAY AMA.

Hayden Panetiere and 50 cent take the stage to present present Favorite Artist, Rap Hip Hop to Nicki Minaj. She thanks her Barbz again. And her hairdresser.

Neon Trees, straight out of Utah, present Favorite Country Album to Carrie Underwood for Blown Away. Oh, her husband Mike in the audience hugs her and grins as he takes her purse. Hee. “This means so much for me…I couldn’t love my life any more than I do right now.”

Ryan Seacrest takes the stage to introduce the Dick Clark tribute.  Stevie Wonder takes the stage to sing “Master Blaster”, “My Cherie Amore,” and “Sir Duke” as photos of Dick and so many musical artists flash on the back video screen.

Let’s celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Bad. A special airing on ABC on Thanksgiving! presents Artist of the Year to Justin Bieber.   Those Beliebers still know how to vote! It’s his 7th AMA and 3rd one tonight. He brings his moms up on stage with him. HE CAN BARELY TALK. “It’s hard growing up with everything going on…” Uhm. Ok.

Psy finishes the show with a special guest….MC Hammer. REALLY? Am I supposed to be excited about that? DRESS CLASSY DANCE CHEESY Y’ALL.

2012 American Music Awards Winners List


Justin Bieber – WINNER
Maroon 5
Katy Perry


J. Cole
Carly Rae Jepsen – WINNER
One Direction


Justin Bieber – WINNER
Flo Rida


Kelly Clarkson
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry – WINNER


Maroon 5 – WINNER
One Direction
The Wanted


Justin Bieber, “Believe” – VIDEO
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”
One Direction, “Up All Night”


Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan – WINNER
Eric Church


Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift – WINNER
Carrie Underwood


Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum – WINNER
Rascal Flatts


Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines”
Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” – WINNER


Nicki Minaj – WINNER


J. Cole, “Cole World: The Sideline Story”
Drake, “Take Care”
Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” – WINNER


Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher – WINNER


Beyoncé – WINNER
Mary J. Blige


Chris Brown, “Fortune”
Rihanna, “Talk That Talk” – WINNER
Usher, “Looking 4 Myself”


The Black Keys
Linkin Park – Winner


Adele – WINNER
Kelly Clarkson


Don Omar
Shakira – WINNER


Jeremy Camp
tobyMac – WINNER


David Guetta – WINNER
Calvin Harris

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  • Stavros

    Unfortunately the AMA’s are people-decided, so expect an abundance of One Direction and Justin Bieber.

  • Stavros

    I don’t anticipate any problems for Carrie winning best country album. Taylor resonates more with the people though, so it’ll be harder to take country female. Miranda won’t be an issue.

    Also Kelly has had a much bigger year than Adele recently, but it’ll be hard to take adult contemporary over the unbelievable Adele (though based on the year Kelly deserves it).

  • tripp_ncwy
  • fuzzywuzzy

    What’s up with the bottom of P2’s pants? They look so narrow that he’d have trouble getting his feet through the bottoms. lol

  • MellyPer1692

    Taylor Swift looks so pretty

    Not a fan of Jordins dress.

  • Stavros

    Ohh I do NOT like the way Taylor was looking at Usher after he performed. There’s her next hit record!

  • supersonic

    Aren’t the American Music Awards fan voted now?  Before it used to be based on record sales then they changed that to fan voting.  So, Bieber’s going to win everything.  Taylor Swift, too.

    I’ll catch the Christina performance in between Steelers/Ravens.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Uhm Justin. It HAS only been a couple of years. Don’t get smug, now!”

    lol Justin’s first album was only released in 2009.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that the AMAs were always fan voted. The Billboard awards are based on sales.

  • weareallinnocent

    Wow Beibs. Way to look like a complete douche.

  • SullyD

    “This is for the HATERZ who thought I’d be around for just a couple years…I’m going to be around for many years to come.”

    I’m surprised he didn’t end his speech with the word “swag”. It would’ve been “perfect”.

  • jlscott13

    UGH. Taylor…go…AWAY. Oy vey.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol The Biebs sure came across pretty cocky. As MJ said, that kind of arrogance is a little premature at this point.

  • chillj

    Justin’s first album was in 2009?  Sure seems like longer.  

  • supersonic

    It wasn’t always based on fan voting, though.  At least not back in the day when the show was good.

  • Oksana4626

    I love Kelly, but she should fire her stylist.

  • justmefornow

    -Wow, I can’t believe that Nicki Minaj actually looked more conservative and better than Kelly Clarkson, (whose dress btw was awful!)
    WTF is going on?

    -P2 and his gf look cute in that pic above.

    -Oh, and someone needs to beat the crap out of Justin Bieber. Please. Soon.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that might be Kelly’s taste in clothes. lol Oh well, she sounded great!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Luke Bryan & Phillip Phillips AMA Red Carpet

  • chillj

    Is this her new country look?  A lot about her was different.  Not her best look or her best performance and she is usually a very consistent performer.

  • MellyPer1692

    It wasn’t always based on fan voting, though. At least not back in the day when the show was good.

    The American Music Awards have always been based on fan voting and fan polls.

  • chillj

    I would bet my left leg Kelly doesn’t use a stylist.  She often, almost always, wears short form-fitting dresses.  This one had a little dazzle, but it was pretty usual.  Only the shoes and the upswept hair were really different.

  • Oksana4626

    Tanks God for Pink. Show them how it’s done, girl!!

  • chillj

    That was some athletic event Pink performed.  I couldn’t believe she could do that and sing live!

  • Oksana4626

    I would bet my left leg Kelly doesn’t use a stylist

    So maybe she should. And a good one. With her amazing voice I want to see her looking amazing as well.

  • loveroftalent

    And how is she not nominated for anything….One of the best live voices out there today…

  • Mike

    What the heck is Justin Bieber wearing??  I know a lot of people like him…but doesn’t do a thing for me…that performance of ‘As Long As You Love Me’ was not good.  Now Pink…that is someone who can do it all.  Bet Phillip is really getting into this Biebs performance!!!! lol!

  • Oksana4626

    On the other hand Biebs needs beter stylist too. His attempt at “street” look is pathetic. And of course he sings live, right?…..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sorry Justin but that performance was pretty unimpressive and your dancing was, at best, average.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Rock Star, Poet and Fashionista PINK! Hell yes. She
    sings “Try”. She’s performing the gorgeous dance routine from the video.
    This is amazing. Is she singing live? Yes she is! This is AMAZING.”

    Best performance of the show so far! She’s just amazing!

  • bridgette12

    I don’t know what’s wrong with Kelly or her stylist, they just can’t get the right look for her. I can’t figure out which was uglier, Kelly’s dress, that purple monstrosity that Carrie wore or Jordin trainwreck of a dress. All of them could have done better. 

  • Oksana4626

    It’s clearly voted by fans. Biebs album over Maroon5 album??? Better than Nicky Minaj? I’m loosing faith in humanity..

  • Dancin VI#81

    what a horrrid showww with one exception PINK  

  • suenigma

    I loved Carrie’s dress, and her hair, and he earrings. I don’t usually love her red carpet style. LOL

    Jordin’s dress is pretty heinous though. Revealing and yet matronly. And brown paisley looks good on exactly no one.

  • FinalFantasy13

     i swear to god carrie gets prettier everytime i see her.

  • MellyPer1692

    Pinks album was past the eligibility period for this year. September 1st is the cutoff date and her album came out September 16th. I’m sure she’ll be there next year.

  • Oksana4626

    I am waiting with bated breath for Nicky Minaj warderobe malfunction… :o)

  • kmd23

    This show is awful and I have not even watched most of it. Kelly and Pink were good but that is about it. Watching Bieber win awards over others that should win is painful. I was actually hoping 1D would win. I guess I am a “hater”. lol

  • Oksana4626

    This show is equally awful every single year. This year they upped it in terrible dresses and make-up department…

  • Karen C

    So far I’ve liked Pink and Kelly Clarkson the best. I thought both were amazing. 

  • James M.

    “This is for the HATERZ who thought I’d be around for just a couple years…I’m going to be around for many years to come.”


    Please, will someone hit me across the head with a baseball bat right now, I would appreciate it very much. Or him.

  • OffLeash

    I agree with you. Kelly needs a new stylist though, but she gave a great performance, as always.

    The Biebs is getting all the awards tonight, but this last one, what was wrong with him? He sounded totally lost LOL.

  • OffLeash

    Yes, the whole show is an eyesore. 

  • Dancin VI#81

    psyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy rocks lol  i love’d that performance   gangnam style@@!!!!!!!

  • Kesia Monteith

    What I’m really hating about award shows these days is how disorganized they have become. I mean goodness, don’t get me started on the sound issues. Even Carrie Underwood looked defeated. This show is a messy wreck and only Pink came out of it decently.

    This makes me wish for the days where the MTV awards were fun, you MUST come correct on Grammy night. Now, you can lip sync through the AMA.

  • OffLeash

    Something was off with Carrie’s performance. Pink was very good, although I found the whole tough love theme a bit disturbing. Is it me or did Nicki lip-synch all the singing parts?

  • Oksana4626

    I wonder if PSY was dressed in MC Hammer pants on purpose, just to prove that his big hit was already done BEFORE.. You never know with these sneaky AMA producers.

  • Kesia Monteith

    I bet Nicki did lip sync. Wouldn’t be surprised. Pink was great, even though I wonder if the dance kind of exhausted her a bit. With Carrie, I think the band was too loud, and maybe not going through her ear monitor properly? I just had laugh a bit when the music just abruptly trailed off, and she kind of shrugged at it. Like “yeah, I guess that’s it” LOL Again, what a mess of a show.

  • windmills

    Kesia Monteith: With Carrie, I think the band was too loud, and maybe not going through her ear monitor properly?

    The audio mix on her song definitely had the band too loud. She sounded great after the 1st line but with a song like Two Black Cadillacs you need to be able to pay attention to the lyrics to get the story. The song is about way more than the hook. Because of the mix, I don’t think the lyrics were likely to stand out to somebody who didn’t already know the song. Carrie’s vocals needed to be way more up front.

  • Enough already!

    Thanks for the videos and recaps Mj.   Didn’t watch cause I am watching Ed Burns Dust Bowl on PBS, but had a sneaky suspicion Bieber would take it all since his fans are off the chart.   Not only does he not perform well live, but his album really isn’t that good.   Thankful for Pink and Kelly, etc. who at least can sing live.  At least One Direction kinda has that old Beatles vibe and is worth watching to see where they go.  Give me Adam kissing Tommy, Gaga breaking bottles, Kanye insulting Taylor, Jlo doing her strip tease, and any other news worthy entertainment on this boring show.   As for JB cannot cut this ego driven little kid any slack, can’t take him even in little doses.  I guess Seacrest is the new Dick Clark…what a pity.  

  • suenigma

    I love Adam, and he normally can do no wrong in my eyes, but his AMA performances was one of the most uncomfortable performances I have ever witnessed on any awards show, ever. From the terrible vocals, to the bad dancing and near fall, to the barely lukewarm audience reaction, to the try-hardness of it all. I let my boys stays up late to watch it with me – and we we were literally dumbstruck by how bad it was, considering how great he usually is.

  • iluvai

    I liked his near fall. It was so cool.  He totally recovered on that! Like an action hero :)

  • suenigma

    Hahaha. Yes his recovery was impressive, but I have a feeling he wasn’t to pleased that it happened. Poor Adam. I actually think it was a blessing in disguise that there was so much controversy about the kissing and sexuality, because it took the attention away from the quality of the performance. Adam himself said that he was not pleased with how he sounded.

  • mjsbigblog


    Let’s keep the conversation focused on this year’s AMAs.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Liked Keisha – so much fun.

  • Nedsdag

    The whole show felt like it was produced by Scooter Braun Productions (Bieber’s manager) instead of Dick Clark Productions. Best New Artist? Carly Rae Jepsen (I like the song, but she was literally a Bieber discovery). Also, The Wanted performed (represented by Braun). Plus Psy closed it out (monster song, but guess who represents him?). Plus, Biebs performed and was the big winner of the night. Coincidence, anyone?

    ETA: I totally agree with you regarding the One Direction/Beatle vibe. I guess I may be the only one who does.

  • Taylor

    Those artists were on the show because they had some of the best selling singles and albums of the last year. Bieber won because he has a massive army of dedicated fans voting for him.

    Scooter Braun manages all four of those artists you listed? Damn, he’s doing something right.

  • Nedsdag


    Don’t get me wrong, I know the AMAs are for the best selling artists and I didn’t knock them. In fact, I downloaded the songs of the artists I mentioned on my iPod. I just found it a coincidence.

  • suenigma

    At least there are two of you who like One Direction -I think that I may be the ONLY one here who actually kinda likes Justin Bieber. No lipsynching or backtrack on that first song at all, and yeah it wasn’t perfect, but he’s getting better.

  • Bug Menot

     Seems like an eternity.

  • Incipit

    Something came up, and I missed the Pentatonix pre-show – are there videos for that anywhere?

    I checked out a few performance videos, and thank you, mj. I don’t listen to Pop music, but Pink and Kelly – both sounded super good. I’ve heard Carrie do her song with a better sound mix – 

    The embarrassment of the nominees in Male Pop/Rock, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher, Bieber – when are Rock of any kind was only surpassed by Justin Bieber winning the category awards…and yes, I know it’s nothing but a popular vote. But the AMA’s could just take Rock off the Pop/Rock designation, thank you –  and quit pretending they represent the rock genre in any way – they don’t.

    This, however, made me *chuckle*

    New Artist of the Year.  Carly Rae Jepsen takes it. WHAT???? Not One Direction!  Simon Cowell is pissed. Hooray.


  • chillj

    Bieber’s street look and, for that matter, his street talk always crack me up; he seems like a kid playing dress-up.  

  • chillj

    With her legs, Carrie should just wear shorts; she stuns me.

  • chillj

    Totally agree.  I was really looking forward to this show and thirty seconds in I realized there was a problem:  it is one of the awful music award shows.  I forget every year.  If they want an audience, you would think they could put a little cash into production.

  • chillj

    I don’t think she was wearing an ear monitor.  I started looking for one – and either they are making them much smaller or there was none.

  • chillj

    I thought his red shoe song was good, and I never think Biebs is good.  Ever.  I need to get used to him.  He is the Britney Spears of his generation, so his generation is not likely to let go.

  • kmd23

    Scooter Braun has taken over. That guy has a huge ego and now a lot of money. It is too bad because I don’t like the guy. He knows how to manipulate the social medium with the young fans. Interesting that his artists that he signs do not win Grammys. I agree about 1D too.

  • Jake Williams

    Justin Bieber definitely doesn’t deserve these awards. His new album is horrid. Like no catchy songs at all. One direction deserved all of his awards IMO.

  • Matthew Kitson

    So much Taylor Swift hate, chill out MJ

  • irockhard

    Can they please SEPARATE the rock and pop categories so that they’ll be forced to honour real rock acts! And WTF at Taylor Swift winning best female country artist??? Like MJ said, she’s not country anymore.

  • irockhard

    The embarrassment of the nominees in Male Pop/Rock, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher, Bieber – when are Rock of any kind was only surpassed by Justin Bieber winning the category awards…and yes, I know it’s nothing but a popular vote. But the AMA’s could just take Rock off the Pop/Rock designation, thank you –  and quit pretending they represent the rock genre in any way – they don’t.

    ITA, if they won’t separate the pop and rock categories then just leave rock out of it (LOL I just remembered James’ “WTF” tweet when he saw those nominees), we’ll stick with the GGAs, thank you very much.