39th Annual American Music Awards (2011)

Welcome to Digital Hit Entertainment's coverage of the 2011 American Music Awards which took place on Sunday, November 20th, 2011.

8:00 PM

The show open with a performance by Nicki Minaj and David Guetta. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez seem to be enjoying themselves singing along in the audience.

8:06 PM

Queen Latifah comes out to welcome everyone to the ceremony. She's also handing out Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group. And the AMA goes to Maroon 5.

8:15 PM

New Artist nominees Hot Chelle Rae are on stage to present Favorite Country Femaile Artist. And the AMA goes to Taylor Swift. This is her eighth career AMA.

8:17 PM

Sean Kingston, who survived a jetski accident, introduces a performance of by Justin Bieber of his Xmas song "Under the Mistletoe." Yep, every classic Christmas song includes the phrase "Shorty with you."

8:21 PM

The Band Perry takes the stage immediately following Bieber.

8:29 PM

50 Cent introduces the next act, Chris Brown.

8:33 PM

Jennifer Hudson, who gets to be introduced as "Oscar-winner" strolls out to present Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. And the AMA goes to Nicki Minaj. She thanks God, who apparently did some remixes on "Super Bass."

8:37 PM

Suburgatory's Jane Levy and Cheryl Hines intro a performance by Kelly Clarkson. Kelly does a swing remix of "Mr. Know It All." Not too bad, actually.

8:45 PM

Selena Gomez and Taio Cruze present Soul/R&B Album. And the AMA goes to Rihanna. She's not there, so we get a pre-taped thanks.

8:48 PM

Switched at Birth's Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano introduce a performance by Enrique Iglesias, who's joined by Ludacris.

A series of clips of past divas just goes to show how lacking many of the performances are.

8:59 PM

They introduce Jennifer Lopez as "International Superstar". How much did that cost her? She's later joined by Pitbull. They incorporate a Fiat 500 into the number. She's a spokesperson. Hpw crass is that?

9:05 PM

Nickelback take to the stage. Thankfully it's only to present. They giving out the hardware for Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group. And the AMA goes to Lady Antebellum.

9:13 PM

Adam Lamber returns to the AMAs stage for the first time since 2009. He introduces a performance by OneRepublic.

9:18 PM

Taylor Swift, already a winner tonight, presents Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. And the AMA goes to Nicki Minaj for "Pink Friday".

9:20 PM

Benjamin Bratt introduces Pitbull, who is joined by Lil Jon. Marc Anthony joins Pitbull too, who just performed with Marc's ex-wife Jennifer. Awkward.

9:31 PM

Heidi Klum, rocking a silver dress, intros a performance by Katy Perry. She then presents a special AMA to Perry for getting five #1 singles off of one album.

9:38 PM

Strolling out sans brothers, Joe Jonas is now presenting the Sprint New Artist of the Year. And the AMA goes to Hot Chelle Rae.

9:45 PM

Matthew Morrison and Jennifer Morrison present Favorite Latin Music. And the AMA goes to Jennifer Lopez.

9:49 PM

Alanis Morissette intros a performance by Mary J. Blige. Blige pays tribute to the late Heavy D.

9:54 PM

Robin Thicke, who keeps getting copresenter Ellie Goulding's name wrong presents Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist. And the AMA goes to Beyonce, who sends a taped message from NYC.

10:00 PM

Bruno Mars saunters out to introduce Maroon 5 performing "Move Like Jagger" with Christina Aguilera. Levine then runs from there to a performance with Gym Class Heroes.

10:16 PM

Drake performs. Enjoy him if you do, but I just don't get his success.

10:19 PM

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and Julie Bowen do some shtick on hogging the spotlight, then present Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. And the AMA goes to Bruno Mars, which should send Beliebers reaching for their knives.

10:27 PM

Gavin Degraw introduces Daughtry.

10:31 PM

Katherine Heigl and hubby Josh Kelly present Favorite Country Album. And the AMA goes to Taylor Swift for "Speak Now".

10:38 PM

Jenny McCarthy does a plug for another Dick Clark-produced show, Rockin' New Year's Eve, before introducing a performance by will.i.am and Jennifer Lopez.

10:43 PM

McCarthy's also presenting Pop/Rock Album. And the AMA goes to Adele for "21". Adele's unable to accept since she's recovering from vocal cord surgery.

10:49 PM

Lionel Richie and Vanessa Lachey are handling the big chore, Artist of the Year. And the AMA goes to Taylor Swift, who thanks the fans repeatedly. And the fans. And the fans.

10:52 PM

We now get a closing performance by LMFAO "sponsored by Old Navy" and the product placement circle is complete.

And the nominees are:


Favorite Male Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • Bruno Mars
  • Pitbull

Favorite Female Artist

  • Adele
  • Lady Gaga
  • Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group

  • Maroon 5
  • OneRepublic

Favorite Album

  • Adele - "21"
  • Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"
  • Rihanna - "Loud"


Favorite Male Artist

  • Jason Aldean
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist

  • Sara Evans
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo or Group

  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album

  • Jason Aldean - "My Kinda Party"
  • The Band Perry - "The Band Perry"
  • Taylor Swift - "Speak Now"


Favorite Artist

  • Lil Wayne
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Kanye West

Favorite Album

  • Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Watch The Throne"
  • Lil Wayne - "Tha Carter IV"
  • Nicki Minaj - "Pink Friday"


Favorite Male Artist

  • Chris Brown
  • Trey Songz
  • Usher

Favorite Female Artist

  • Beyonce
  • Rihanna
  • Kelly Rowland

Favorite Album

  • Beyonce - "4"
  • Chris Brown - "F.A.M.E."
  • Rihanna - "Loud"


Favorite Artist

  • The Black Keys
  • Foo Fighters
  • Mumford & Sons


Favorite Artist

  • Adele
  • Bruno Mars
  • Katy Perry


Favorite Artist

  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Pitbull


Favorite Artist

  • Casting Crowns
  • Tobymac
  • Third Day


  • Adele
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lil Wayne
  • Katy Perry
  • Taylor Swift

Sprint New Artist Of The Year


  • Hot Chelle Rae


  • The Band Perry


  • Miguel


  • Wiz Khalifa