The 2012 American Music Awards are in full swing tonight featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry including performances from Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kelly Clarkson, PSY, Maroon 5 and more.
ClevverTV was on the red carpet at tonight’s 40th anniversary AMAs in Los Angeles, CA and we’ll be live blogging the west coast telecast right here including our reactions to the night’s big winners and performances. Keep reading!
10:56 p.m. – The moment we’ve been waiting for! PSY takes over the AMA stage for a performance of ‘Gangnam Style’ featuring… wait for it, MC Hammer!? What an epic way to end this year’s awards!
10:51 p.m. – Justin Bieber wins Artist of the Year and brings his mom on stage in a totally unplanned moment. Very sweet.
10:14 p.m. – Justin wins again!
9:49 p.m. – Justin Bieber just left it all on the AMA stage during his performance of ‘As Long As You Love Me’ and ‘Beauty And A Beat’. P.S. Nicki Minaj did NOT change the ‘Selena’ lyric while performing BAAB — too hard to find another thing that rhymes with ether and wiener?
9:33 p.m. – Carly Rae Jepsen calls Pink “amazing” after her performance and then wins for New Artist of the Year! Gives shout out thanks to Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber and her boyfriend.
9:28 p.m. – Can’t believe Pink is going to do this live. This should be interesting! Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj also both performed, what did you think about their dramatic stage set ups? Very theatrical for both!
8:41 p.m. – Not sure dancing (or drumming) is Ke$sha’s thing, but we still really like this song. She should have performed the stripped down version!
8:33 p.m. -What’s that sound? Oh, that’s just Kelly Clarkson KILLING it with a medley of her hits including ‘Miss Independent’, ‘Since U Been Gone’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ and ‘Catch My Breath’ — she looks amazing too!
8:26 p.m. – The Wanted just wrapped up their performance. We’re looking forward to Justin and Taylor’s performances!
8:19 p.m. – Carly Rae Jepsen takes a page out of One Direction‘s playbook and dances around British telephone booths during her mash-up performance of ‘This Kiss’ and ‘Call Me Maybe’. We guess she technically sang about phones before ‘Take Me Home’…
8:16 p.m. – Taylor Swift wins for Favorite Female Country Artist and plugs her RED album and tour. “I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m really, really happy right now and that’s all because of you.”
8:09 p.m. – Justin Bieber just won for Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock and dedicates award to “the haters” — hold up, was there an empty seat next to Justin? Possibly reserved for Selena Gomez?
8:00 p.m. – Usher! Is that an ‘Uptown Girl’ Billy Joel remix we hear?
7:55 p.m. – Taylor Swift is stunning in a sparkly gold dress. We’ve seen this look from her a zillion times before, but it works for her!
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! Even though we’re blogging the awards show live on the west coast, the awards have already aired on the east coast and we know the winners. If you want a full list of all the winners, keep scrolling.
* Designates a category winner
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Carly Rae Jepsen
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
*Justin Bieber /Believe
Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
One Direction/Up All Night
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
Zac Brown Band
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
J. Cole/Cole World: The Sideline Story
*Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
The Black Keys
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines
*Carrie Underwood/Blown Away
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Mary J. Blige
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
*Rihanna/Talk That Talk
Usher/Looking 4 Myself
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
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