32nd Annual American Music Awards

Welcome to DigitalHit.com's coverage of the 32nd Annual American Music Awards.

8:00 PM ET

The show opens with a solo Gwen Stefani singing a very Kate Bush-esque production number.

8:04 PM ET

Without pausing, we're into the next number, this time from Lenny Kravitz. Catch Lenny's short hair. Looks like he's auditioning for the The Story of OJ. Hmmm...this number isn't the same without Sarah Jessica Parker prancing about.

8:09 PM ET

Time for host Jimmy Kimmel to take to the stage. Tonight, "instead of watching Desperate Housewives you'll be watching Wasted Rockstars...Jessica Simpson asked Usher where her seat is....Carmen Electra, the Osbournes, if you don't have your own reality show, there's one in the gift basket."

The cameras then show Snoop Dogg backstage running a bake sale. Bobby Brown buys four of his $100 brownies. "Who would've thought we'd see a time where Martha Stewart's in jail and Snoop's baking."

Our first presenter of the evening: Diana Ross. She can sing, but she can't read cue cards — her intro is a garbled mess. She's presenting Favorite Male Artist — Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music and the winner is Usher. It's his first AMA. Usher thanks (in order) Jesus, his management, and Dick Clark. Man, Dick's gonna be pissed.

8:20 PM ET

Nick Lachey and Kelly Osbourne are next. They're presenting Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop or Rock and the winner is OutKast. Big Boi thanks God, his band, and his Mom. He also makes reference to Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died last night.

8:23 PM ET

William Shatner's next. He mentions that the time between his first album and his second is 37 years. "You can't rush genius." He intros a breathy performance by Jessica Simpson who sings like she just ran a marathon.

8:26 PM ET

Uncle Kracker and Kenny Chesney immediately follow with a performance. Apparently Kracker missed the "Please wash your hair" memo from Dick Clark.

8:35 PM ET

Time for some country, so Sierra and James Denton from Desperate Housewives present Brooks & Dunn with their fourth AMA. "It makes you appreciate your fans."

Anna Nicole Smith and her new body take to the stage. "Like my body?" Sounding terribly drunk/stoned/dumb, the producers cut her off before she finishes introducing a performance by Kanye West.

8:42 PM ET

Continuing the one performance after another theme, John Mayer takes to the stage to warble a tune.

8:45 PM ET

Jimmy disses Anna Nicole Smith and then introduces the next presenters, Ashanti and Linkin Park. They're presenting Favorite Album — Rap / Hip-Hop and the winner is OutKast.

8:52 PM ET

We can all breathe now. Jojo reads the rules for the AMAs. Time to present Favorite Female Artist — Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music to Alica Keyes, who beats out Beyoncé and Janet Jackson.

"Anna Nicole Smith just took Clay Aiken's virginity...by force."

Kelly Clarkson and Kenny G. now introduce Rod Stewart.

It's amazing...now matter how much time/money they spend on these shows, they still come off as an awards night run by the local Chamber of Commerce.

8:59 PM ET

Time for a performance by Alicia Keyes.

9:07 PM ET

It's time for Pamela Anderson and Big Boi to present Favorite Album — Pop or Rock. The winner is Usher for his album Confessions. He's pleased he's won two so far.

Lost's Matthew Fox introduces a performance by country lass Gretchen Wilson.

9:14 PM ET

The next two presenters are Jenny McCarthy and Gene Simmons. Jenny makes fun of Anna Nicole Smith. They present Favorite Artist — Alternative Music to linkin Park. It's their first AMA win. They thank the fans saying they're the only reason they're there.

9:21 PM ET

A Botox'd Billy Idol introduces a performance by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell.

9:26 PM ET

Kobe Bryant takes to the stage to a mixture of cheers and boos. He presents Favorite Album — Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music to Usher, his third win of the night. Forgetting Jesus this time around, Usher thanks all the lovely ladies and says "Alicia, this is for both of us."

9:33 PM ET

Kathy Griffin and Clay Aiken take to the stage. Griffin's dressed in a wedding dress, saying she's in love with Clay. After the schtick they present Favorite Male Artist — Country Music to Toby Keith.

Wearing next to nothing, Desperate Housewive's Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan present the Award of Merit to Bon Jovi. After a series of clips, we get a performance by the boys from Jersey.

9:50 PM ET

The boys from Velvet Revolver introduce the nominees for Favorite Female Artist — Pop or Rock and present the AMA to Sheryl Crow. It's her second AMA. She said it was inspiring to watch young singer-songwriters like Alicia Keyes and John Mayer.

Brian McKnight then introduces a performance by American Idol 3 winner, Fantasia. That's followed by a performance by Maroon 5.

10:01 PM ET

Macy Gray and Brooks & Dunn share the stage to present Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Rap / Hip-Hop to OutKast. Once again, Big Boi takes to the stage.

10:07 PM ET

Janet Jackson and her fully covered breasts appear on the stage to introduce a performance by Usher and Alicia Keyes singing "My Boo".

10:12 PM ET

Tina Marie and Switchfoot introduce the Favorite Album — Country Music category. Toby Keith wins his second AMA of the night. He dedicates it to his little son's Little League football team.

Mandy Moore introduces a performance by Josh Groban.

10:24 PM ET

Chingy introduces the winner of the T-Mobile Text-In Award...and the winner is Kenny Chesney. He's very surprised that he beat Usher and thanks the fans for supporting him.

Jimmy Kimmel then introduces Doobie Brothers' Michael MacDonald who intro's a performance by Toby Keith.

10:35 PM ET

John Stamos and Carmen Electra do some schtick and then present Breakthrough Favorite New Artist to Gretchen Wilson. She's happy to win and ahhpt to be at a show that celebrates all genres. Jimmy Kimmel then introduces MercyMe who talk about the voting process. They then introduce the nominees for Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary Music. The winner is Sheryl Crow. She thanks the fans that have stuck with her for so long.

10:38 PM ET

The Yin Yang Twins introduce a performance featuring Jamie Foxx and Kanye West.

10:48 PM ET

Good Morning America's Tony Perkins talks about a rare video clip of The Beatles. Ringo Starr introduces it. The whole thing is a marketing tie-in for a new CD release. Jimmy Kimmel calls them on it by yelling "Boring!" at the end of it.

10:53 PM ET

Before presenting Usher with Favorite Male Artist — Pop or Rock Jimmy also announces that Reba McEntire has won Favorite Female Artist — Country Music but is not there.

Here are the nominees and winners in bold:

Favorite Male Artist — Pop or Rock

  • Josh Groban
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Michael McDonald
  • Usher

Favorite Female Artist — Pop or Rock

  • Sheryl Crow
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Jessica Simpson

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop or Rock

  • Evanescence
  • Nickelback
  • OutKast

Favorite Album — Pop or Rock

  • "Feels Like Home" (Norah Jones)
  • "In This Skin" (Jessica Simpson)
  • "Confessions" (Usher)

Favorite Male Artist — Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music

  • R. Kelly
  • Prince
  • Ruben Studdard
  • Usher

Favorite Female Artist — Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music

  • Beyoncé
  • Janet Jackson
  • Alicia Keys

Favorite Album — Soul / Rhythm & Blues Music

  • "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (Alicia Keys)
  • "Musicology" (Prince)
  • "Confessions" (Usher)

Favorite Male Artist — Country Music

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Alan Jackson
  • Toby Keith
  • Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Artist — Country Music

  • Martina McBride
  • Reba McEntire
  • Gretchen Wilson

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country Music

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Lonestar
  • Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album — Country Music

  • "When The Sun Goes Down" (Kenny Chesney)
  • "Shock'n Y'All" (Toby Keith)
  • "Martina" (Martina McBride)

Favorite Male Artist — Rap / Hip-Hop

  • Jay-Z
  • Juvenile
  • Lil' Flip
  • Kanye West

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Rap / Hip-Hop

  • G-Unit
  • OutKast
  • Ying Yang Twins

Favorite Album — Rap / Hip-Hop

  • "The Black Album" (Jay-Z)
  • "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (OutKast)
  • "The College Dropout" (Kanye West)

Favorite Artist — Alternative Music

  • Incubus
  • Jet
  • Linkin Park

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary Music

  • Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Norah Jones

Favorite Artist — Latin Music

  • Marc Anthony
  • Intocable
  • Paulina Rubio

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational Music

  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • MercyMe
  • Third Day

Breakthrough Favorite New Artist (All Genres)

  • Maroon 5
  • Kanye West
  • Gretchen Wilson

Award of Merit

  • Bon Jovi

T-Mobile Text-In Award

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Evanescence
  • Norah Jones
  • OutKast
  • Usher