American Music Awards News

Janet Jackson AMA 2009 Performance Video

By Amber Sterling on November 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Janet Jackson hit the stage at Sunday night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles, where she kicked off the show with a medley of hits.

Jackson began her AMA performance with the 1986 hit "Control." Other popular tunes included "Miss You Much" and "If."

The 43-year-old singer also sampled her new release "Make Me."

Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson Top 2009 American Music Awards

By Rich King on November 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift continued her magical year on Sunday as she won five trophies, including artist of the year, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Swift won artist of the year over late music icon Michael Jackson, who earlier had emerged victorious in all four categories that he was nominated. His awards were accepted by his brother, Jermaine Jackson, who paid tribute by wearing the King of Pop's trademark white glove.

Other multiple winners included hip-hop acts Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas, who each won twice.

Swift, 19, also won for favorite female artist in the pop/rock and country categories, as well as favorite adult-contemporary artist. In addition, her best-selling 2008 album, Fearless, was named favorite country album. The crossover country star accepted her awards live via satellite from London's Wembley Arena, where she performs Monday night.

"I just want to say that music has never been ultimately about competition," said a visibly shocked Swift after winning the night's top honor. "To even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who will be missed and loved forever is an unimaginable honor. I'm sending my love to the Jackson family."

Earlier this month, Swift became the youngest artist to ever win the coveted entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Awards.

Janet Jackson kicked off Sunday's show at Nokia Theater L.A. Live by performing a medley of some of her biggest hits. Other performers included the Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Adam Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Click here for a complete list of winners from the 2009 American Music Awards.

Also see: American Music Awards 2009 Red Carpet Pictures

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Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson Top American Music Award Nominations

By Dave Paris on October 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift scored six nominations while Michael Jackson followed close behind with five to lead the field of nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards, organizers announced Tuesday.

Both Swift and Jackson will compete for artist of the year at the Nov. 22 ceremony, along with pop star Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and rock band Kings of Leon.

Jackson, who died on June 25 from acute propofol intoxication, was also nominated for favorite male artist and favorite album ("Number Ones") in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. The music icon will be looking to add to his total of 22 American Music Awards racked up over the course of his career.

Swift, 19, was nominated for favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and country categories. Her latest studio release, "Fearless," is also up for favorite album in both categories. Swift also received a nod for favorite adult-contemporary artist.

Fans will once again select the winners through online voting conducted on the ABC Web site.

This 37th annual ceremony will take place at Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles and be televised live on ABC.

Click here for a complete list of nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards.

Also see: 2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Pictures

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