News: Jay-Z Dominates "American Music Awards 2009" Show, "Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers Don't" [Video]
Monday, Nov 23, 2009 3:05PM
Jay-Z helped ignite last night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles by stealing the show with his "Empire" performance with Alicia Keys and snagging a couple of awards.
Introduced to the show by New York Yankees world champion, Alex Rodriguez, Hov and Keys set the tone with their duet performance.
After the intro, Keys was on the main stage, accompanying herself on the piano while she sang "New York, New York," the classic made world-famous by Frank Sinatra. Meanwhile, the man who says he's the the modern-day version of Ol' Blue Eyes leaned on the piano, wearing a white tux jacket, black pants, a bow tie and sunglasses. After a few moments, the beat for "Empire State of Mind" kicked in and most of the audience rose to their feet. Mary J. Blige, Perez Hilton, Whitney Houston and many others were seen dancing in the audience. "Concrete jungle where dreams are made ..." (MTV)
Jay also won the rap category's "Male Artist" and "Rap Album" of the year.
"What's up, what's up," Jay said in his acceptance speech. "Well, I wanna thank New York for being a great muse and I wanna thank everybody outside of New York that got inspired by the record because it's about inspiration, it's about a journey. You know, I come from Marcy Projects -- I wanna thank all the fans that connected with the record, peace and love. Men lie, women lie but numbers don't! [laughs]" (American Music Awards)
Rihanna also made her way to the stage to perform.
Other stage hijinks included Rihanna, who took a page from Frankenstein by appearing onstage shackled in a mad scientist's laboratory to rock the house with her guitar-heavy anthem "Hard." Lady Gaga, meanwhile, tried to out-diva Madonna with a somewhat kooky performance of "Bad Romance" that was probably more outrageous for her wardrobe than actual singing; she followed that up with the power ballad "Speechless" (her piano was literally on fire). (E! Online)
Rap newcomers Drake and Kid Cudi were spotted at the event.
Featuring performances from Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys, the 37th Annual American Music Awards also included appearances from Keri Hilson, Toni Braxton, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, Drake and Ne-Yo. (Singers Room)
Check out Jay-Z & Alicia Keys performance below: