37th Annual American Music Awards (2009)

Welcome to Digital Hit Entertainment's coverage of the 2009 American Music Awards, which was presented on November 22nd, 2009.

8:00 PM ET

The show begins with a performance by Janet Jackson. She goes through a medley of her hits, but is something that Jessica Simpson could only dream of doing.

8:08 PM ET

Paula Abdul takes to the stage, welcomes the crowd, and then presents POP/ROCK - Favorite Band, Duo or Group. And the AMA goes to The Black Eyed Peas. It's their sixth AMA win. The whole band takes a turn at the mic to pay thanks.

8:14 PM ET

Kristen Bell and country nominee Jason Aldean present COUNTRY - Favorite Band, Duo or Group. And the AMA goes to Rascall Flatts. It's their fifth win. "Thanks to the fans, you've been amazing employers this year."

8:16 PM ET

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz introduces a performance by Daughtry. That then segues into another hip shakin' performance by Shakira.

8:28 PM ET

Modern Family's Sofía Vergara and Julie Bowen introduce a performance by Keith Urban.

8:33 PM ET

Reba McEntire, whose won 15 AMAs, is out on stage next to intro the performance by Kelly Calrkson. It's been about twenty minutes since an award was handed out.

8:42 PM ET

Snoop Dogg and Joe Perry present POP/ROCK - Favorite Female Artist. And the AMA goes to Taylor Swift. She's live from London, where she's rehearsing for a show at Wembley.

8:44 PM ET

A-Rod presents Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and their ode to NYC.

8:50 PM ET

Christian Slater gives kudos to Jaz-Z and then presents ALTERNATIVE ROCK - Favorite Artist. And the AMA goes to Green Day. Billie Joe Armstrong urges fans to support alternative music.

8:58 PM ET

Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson introduce a performance by The Black Eyed Peas, which features their Nine co-star Fergie.

9:05 PM ET

Selena Gomez and Orianthi Panagaris present SOUL/R&B - Favorite Male Artist. And the AMA goes to Michael Jackson. Jermaine Jackson accepts on behalf of his late brother.

9:12 PM ET

The Zac Brown Band take to the stage to present COUNTRY - Favorite Male Artist to Keith Urban. It's his first AMA. Apparently Keith's heard of the Zac Brown Band, because he says he loves them.

9:14 PM ET

Demi Lovato and American Idol winner Chris Allen are presenting SOUL/R&B - Favorite Female Artist. And the AMA goes to Beyonce. She's not there, so the pair accept for her.

9:15 PM ET

Ne-Yo presents a performance by Rihanna.

9:25 PM ET

Rascall Flatts take to the stage again, this time to present a performance by Carrie Underwood. Is she still country?

9:30 PM ET

Okay, her success is a mystery to me. It's a performance by Lady Gaga.

9:41 PM ET

Degrassi's Drake, Kid Cudi and Jeremiah present a performance by Mary J. Blige.

9:46 PM ET

Colbie Caillat is handing out the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award. And the AMA goes to Gloriana.

9:48 PM ET

Hey...Jennifer Lopez is performing...I just thought she showed up at places these last couple of years. Judging by the generic song she's singing, she could have just stayed away. She falls on her butt during the performance but there's no way that could hurt her. Though I think OnStar was activated when the airbags deployed.

9:57 PM ET

Samuel L. Jackson is now presenting the International Artist Award to Whitney Houston...but first a performance by her. She sings "I Didn't Know My Own Strength".

10:11 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba and Leona Lewis plug Dancing with the Stars before presenting COUNTRY - Favorite Female Artist. And the AMA goes to Taylor Swift. It's her second win tonight.

10:12 PM ET

Academy Award-winning songwriter Melissa Etheridge presents POP/ROCK - Favorite Male Artist. And the AMA goes to Michael Jackson. It's Jacko 23rd AMA. Again, it's accepted by Jermaine, who thanks Allah and Dick Clark.

10:15 PM ET

Alicia Keys takes to the stage for a solo performance. Again, another ho-hum act. C'mon people! Shouldn't music shows be exciting?

10:25 PM ET

Seth Green now presents a performance by Eminem and 50 Cent. The 7-second delay gets a real workout during the swear-laden performance.

10:30 PM ET

Mega-producer Timbaland performs with guests So Shy and Nelly Furtado.

10:38 PM ET

Dominic Monaghan and V's Morena Baccarin introduce Green Day.

10:44 PM ET

Keri Hilson and Toni Braxton present RAP/HIP-HOP - Favorite Male Artist. And the AMA goes to Jay-Z.

10:46 PM ET

Highlight of the night: the chartered accountants!

10:50 PM ET

The lil' Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, presents the last award of the night: Artist of the Year. And the AMA goes to Taylor Swift. Swift says she's just so proud to even be in the same category as Michael Jackson.

10:53 PM ET

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert performs. So the winner of Idol just gets to present while the second place performs. During the number, Lambert shoves a guy's face into his crotch...and the director quickly cuts to a shot of the audience.

And that's it for the 2009 AMAs.

And the nominees are:


  • Kings of Leon
  • Taylor Swift
  • Lady Gaga
  • Eminem
  • Michael Jackson

POP/ROCK - Favorite Male Artist

  • Eminem
  • Michael Jackson
  • T.I.

POP/ROCK - Favorite Female Artist

  • Beyonce
  • Lady Gaga
  • Taylor Swift

POP/ROCK - Favorite Band, Duo or Group

  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Kings of Leon
  • Nickelback

POP/ROCK - Favorite Album

  • Fame - Lady Gaga
  • Number Ones - Michael Jackson
  • Fearless - Taylor Swift

COUNTRY - Favorite Male Artist

  • Jason Aldean
  • Darius Rucker
  • Keith Urban

COUNTRY - Favorite Female Artist

  • Reba McEntire
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

COUNTRY - Favorite Band, Duo or Group

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Sugarland
  • Zac Brown Band

COUNTRY - Favorite Album

  • Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts
  • Fearless - Taylor Swift
  • Foundation - Zac Brown Band

RAP/HIP-HOP - Favorite Male Artist

  • Eminem
  • Jay-Z
  • T.I.

RAP/HIP-HOP - Favorite Album

  • Relapse - Eminem
  • Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
  • Paper Trail - T.I.

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Male Artist

  • Jamie Foxx
  • Michael Jackson
  • Maxwell

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Female Artist

  • Beyonce
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Keri Hilson

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Band, Duo or Group

  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Day26
  • Mary Mary

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Album

  • I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
  • The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
  • Number Ones - Michael Jackson

SOUNDTRACKS - Favorite Album

  • Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Hannah Montana 3
  • Twilight Soundtrack

ALTERNATIVE ROCK - Favorite Artist

  • Green Day
  • Kings of Leon
  • Shinedown


  • Daughtry
  • Jason Mraz
  • Taylor Swift

LATIN - Favorite Artist

  • Aventura
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Wisin Y Yandel


  • Jeremy Camp
  • Brandon Heath
  • Mary Mary

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist

  • Gloriana
  • Lady Gaga
  • Keri Hilson
  • Kid Cudi

International Artist Award

  • Whitney Houston