Young Money star Nicki Minaj paved the way at last night’s American Music Awards, rocking various outfits and stealing the spotlight with multiple trophy wins.
Although pop singer Justin Bieber edged her in wins, the self-proclaimed Barbie still ruled the annual ceremony.
Bieber and Nicki Minaj performed together — and separately — at the AMAs, and were both multiple winners. Minaj, who wore three different wigs and four outfits throughout the night, repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She was in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair when she performed her new song “Freedom.” The scene was ghostly and snowy, as a choir — also in white — joined her onstage. One background singer stole the performance, belting semi-high notes as Minaj looked on. (New York Daily News)
Minaj’s attire last night got ranked in various “best and worst” rundowns.
Minaj refrained from leopard-print wigs and glow-in-the-dark unitards, opting instead for a glamorous chartreuse Monique Lhuillier mermaid gown. Carrie Underwood, no stranger to best dressed lists, balanced the boldness of her sheer, bright purple sequined gown from Abed Mahfouz with a mock turtleneck and structured sleeves in the first of her many costume changes. Taylor Swift continues to break out of her pretty-princess bubble with a gilded lace Zuhair Murad mini dress. Christina Aguilera wore a purple ombre chiffon Pamella Roland that clung to every curve (although we admit that when we spotted the thumbnail, we thought it was Queen Latifah rocking a platinum wig.). (Star-Ledger)
Various music stars including Usher helped ignite the stage with performances.
The broadcast, which turned 40 this year, squeezed more than a dozen performances into its three hours, including impressive showings from Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Usher, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. As for the big bang finale, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” shook the theater. But illustrating the here-today gone-tomorrow hits that the show has come to celebrate, his surprise guest was MC Hammer. Wonder if the Korean rap phenom can appreciate the irony. (Los Angeles Times)
Renowned musician Stevie Wonder paid tribute to late television icon Dick Clark Sunday night.
Before performing with a 15-piece band, Wonder, seated at a grand piano and donning a purple blazer, recalled meeting Clark at age 13, and performing for him his first Number One single, “Fingertips – Part 1 & 2.” “I just remember his friendship, his kindness, and I remember his love for music and love for people,” the singer said. Wonder also pleaded for all to band together in these divisive times. ” I challenge you, you as communicators, leaders, politicians, spiritual leaders, put your love first as we musicians put our music and songs first, and unite the world. And then we can be jamming ’til the break of dawn!” (Rolling Stone)