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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez were the big winners at the 2011 American Music Awards Sunday night, a performance-heavy evening dominated by onstage collaborations by the year's highest charting artists.
Taylor Swift picked up three of the biggest awards of the night, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Music Album for her third full-length release "Speak Now" and Favorite Country Female Artist for the fourth straight year.
Lopez, who nabbed the award for Favorite Latin Music Artist, broke out her Billboard chart-topping RedOne ode-to-love "Papi" in a rhinestone-covered nude body suit before being joined on stage by fellow Favorite Latin Music Artist nominee Pitbull for their banger "On The Floor." Later, Lopez lent her voice to the hook of will.i.am's new solo track "THE (The Hardest Ever)" in a futuristic black-light dance number that featured video of Mick Jagger performing a portion of the track.
Photo Gallery: Behind the scenes at the American Music Awards
There was more Mick to be had, at least in spirit, when Maroon 5 — who took home the first award of the night, Favorite Rock/Pop Band, Duo or Group — took the stage alongside Christina Aguilera to perform the undisputed song of summer (and Mom favorite) "Moves Like Jagger." Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine then crossed the stage to meet Travie McCoy and Gym Class Heroes, who launched into their Benny Blanco/RoboPop single, "Stereo Hearts."
But GCH wasn't the only artist to make use of a stereo last night. To open the show, Nicki Minaj showed off her most famous, uh, assets in a pair of silver boombox pants. The Young Money femcee plugged herself into David Guetta's turntable stage for a tech-savvy performance of "Turn Me On" and "Moment For Life," as Swift and Selena Gomez rapped along from their seats. Soon after, Nicki won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist (thanking superfan Swift in her acceptance speech) and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for her debut "Pink Friday."
Justin Bieber took the stage early and alone in a white leather motorcycle outfit for his ska-inflected holiday hit "Mistletoe" but failed to score any big trophies over the course of the evening, despite a virtual legion of Beliebers.
Following an all-pink acoustic version of her tearjerker "The One That Got Away," Katy Perry, otherwise winless for the night, was presented a special American Music Achievement Award for racking up five No. 1 hits on a single album. Michael Jackson and Prince have also received the award, but Perry is the first female artist to earn the accolade.
Rihanna and Beyoncé, though not in attendance, both picked up awards: Rihanna took home Favorite Soul/R&B Album for "Loud" -- a vote of confidence on the eve of "Talk That Talk's" debut — and Beyoncé was named Favorite Soul/R&B Female artist.
Notable presenters included a very healthy-looking Sean Kingston, recently recovered from a jet-ski accident, and Adam Lambert who hadn't made an AMAs appearance since his controversial 2009 AMAs performance.
American Music Awards 2011 Winners List Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Favorite Pop/Rock Album: Adele, "21"
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Beyoncé
Favorite Latin Music Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Rock/Pop Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5
Sprint New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae
Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday"
Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Rihanna, "Loud"
Favorite Country Album: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"
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Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera — ”Moves Like Jagger” / Gym Class Heroes — ”Stereo Hearts”
Katy Perry and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" were the top nominees on Tuesday for the 2012 People's Choice Awards. Harry and the crew racked up a total of nine nominations for the 38th annual event, which will take place on January 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Other big names on the initial list of nominees include LMFAO, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Adele and Beyoncé.
"Potter" was the headline, though, with nine nods, including Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie, Favorite Actor (Daniel Radcliffe), Favorite Movie Star Under 25 (Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Emma Watson), Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast and Favorite Book Adaptation.
Perry was just behind with seven nods, including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Song of the Year ("E.T."), Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Animated Movie Voice ("The Smurfs") and Favorite Music Video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The high school musical hit "Glee" also had seven nominations for Favorite Network TV Comedy, Favorite TV Guest Star (Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth) and love for stars Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Jane Lynch. Voting for the awards ends on December 6. Kaley Cuoco will be the host for the show.
Other Favorite Movie nominees include "Bridesmaids," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," while Ryan Reynolds, Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman will vie with Radcliffe for Favorite Movie Actor. It will be Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston up against Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon for Favorite Movie Actress, while "Thor," "Fast Five," "Transformers" and "X-Men: First Class" will face "Hallows" for the Favorite Action Movie title.
In the music categories, the Favorite Male Artist race includes Eminem, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias and Blake Shelton, while Perry will be fighting Adele, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift for Favorite Female Artist. The Song of the Year race includes Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Perry's "E.T." Album of the Year includes discs from Adele, Beyoncé, Gaga, Britney Spears and Lady Antebellum, while Favorite Hip Hop Artist is a battle between Eminem, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull and B.o.B.