One good thing about the American Music Awards Sunday night there were no Kanye West type interruptions or controversial performances. What lacked were some truly memorable moments. Naturally you can’t have it all, but there were a number of things that stood out during the live three-hour telecast. Auto-Tune reigned supreme throughout the night.
It was easy to tell which performers were using it and which ones were not, good or bad. Recently I had written an article on the presenters and performers I was looking forward to seeing at the AMAs. Most of the presenters were on in a flash. One of them was MIA (missing in action…Seal, where were you?) However, most of the performers I was truly excited to see didn’t deliver very much, except for one.
Best Performances of the Night
Normally I am not a follower or fan of these artists, but they were impressive in a live chaotic environment that is the American Music Awards. Kid Rock sang a very poignant song about his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. It was those rare moments you sat up and listened attentively. He did extremely well with his folk/rock/country ballad.
Even though I was never a fan of boy bands I was looking forward to seeing the reunion of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys for the first time on television. They definitely did not disappoint at all. I was caught up in the well choreographed and obviously well-rehearsed of their medley of songs interacting with one another. I top my hat to the producers for putting them on last to close out the awards show.
My Other Guilty Pleasures
Once again I am not fans of these performers, but I enjoyed their performances, even though some bloggers and reviewers may not have liked them. Black Eyed Peas may be a bit strange for me, but they are never boring and continue to fascinate me. Their performance of “The Beginning” featured samplings of the “Dirty Dancing Love Theme” along with these futuristic dancers wearing boxes on their heads. The whole number looked straight out of the next century. Another one I liked was Katy Perry, especially the children’s choir at the beginning. She made a stunning entrance wearing a firecracker red plume dress. Granted, she wasn’t exactly in tune but the song was catchy to listen to.
The Disappointing Performances
Some of the artists I was looking forward to performing live failed to deliver. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Pink obviously played it safe for health reasons. Her costume was atrocious even if it was maternity-wear. There were times I thought something would happen to her with all those acrobats, skateboards, and other hazardous things going on.
Bon Jovi was absolutely not in their element. They seemed too old now. Christina Aguilera performed a dance routine from her upcoming film “Burlesque.” It looked a thousand times better on the TV ads for the film. Most of all, the performance of “Bang a Gong” by Santana and Gavin Rossdale was messy. Carlos Santana added a Latin flavor to it when it’s a “meats and potato” rock song through and through. Gavin Rossdale seemed lost and wasn’t getting into the song. Vocally this is very gut-wrenching. It looked like they had not rehearsed at all for this number.
The Winners – The Usual Suspects
If the fans vote for the winners then it’s a no-brainer Justin Beiber would win every award he was nominated. Of course he did. This may be the highlight of his career, so hopefully he’s soaking it all in. Taylor Swift, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem (his awards were not telecasted) and Rhianna were the other usual suspects who were also winners. It was also a night of shameless plugs. Why should that be surprising when the performers were there to promote their latest singles and albums? Till next year at the 2011 AMAs.
List of All Nominees and the Winners (Boldface):
Artist of the Year
T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist*
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Pop Rock Album*
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
Recovery – Eminem
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Favorite Country Male Artist
Favorite Country Female Artist
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group
Zac Brown Band
Favorite Country Album*
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Play On – Carrie Underwood
Wide Open – Jason Aldean
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist*
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album*
B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray – B.o.B
Recovery – Eminem
Thank Me Later – Drake
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Favorite Soul/R&B Album
The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys
Raymond v. Raymond – Usher
Soldier of Love – Sade
Iron Man 2 – AC/DC
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers – Glee Cast
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Various artists
Favorite Alternative Artist
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Favorite Latin Artist
Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist*
*Presentation of these categories was not televised.
2010 American Music Awards, ABC.com
American Music Awards of 2010, Wikipedia