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American Music Awards: Live coverage of Gaga, Miley and more

November 24, 2013|By Todd Martens
  • Miley Cyrus, cat lover? The young star gave "Wrecking Ball" a feline-friendly makeover.
Miley Cyrus, cat lover? The young star gave "Wrecking Ball"… (Kevin Winter / AFP / Getty…)

The American Music Awards are all about the performers, and Pop & Hiss will be covering the proceedings live right here all night.

Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Luke BryanMiley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Lopez, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Justin Timberlake and TLC are among those appearing. Whew. Pitbull will host the telecast.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the pack of nominees with six nods, while Taylor Swift and Timberlake follow with five nods apiece.

Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke each received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods. Winners will be determined by online voting, and for the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorite artists via Twitter.

The American Music Awards is airing live from the Nokia Theatre tonight, except on the West Coast,  where it will be tape-delayed.

But never fear -- Pop & Hiss is live-blogging the proceedings, typos hopefully not included. Everything below this point is live. 

5 p.m.: Katy Perry goes geisha to open the American Music Awards with “Unconditionally,” proving once again that long-standing cultural traditions are viewed as little more than trifling accessories to the pop elite. 

But if the song began with a little bit of Japanese flavor, things soon took a turn for the bombastic, as Perry’s songs are little, tiny verses strung together with big, giant choruses. Perry watchers likely weren’t caught off guard by her performance, as she’s of late been posting pictures herself posing in kimonos with geisha girls. So perhaps she’s operating on the belief that it’s not cultural appropriation if Madonna has already done it. The term in that case is, what, hacky? 

5:10 p.m.:  The first American Music Award goes to Justin Timberlake for pop/rock male. It’s his fourth overall AMA trophy, and it, like all awards handed out tonight, will mean nothing, unless your family arrived early for Thanksgiving, in which case you may be discussing right now whether Timberlake’s songs are too long (they are).  The awards are fan-voted, and JT thanked those who advocated for him on Twitter. 

5:27 p.m. One Direction, introduced by Emma Roberts as one of her favorite bands, performed its attempt at maturity, at least if one were to define maturity as sounding kinda-sorta like Mumford & Sons. The song, despite repeatedly utilizing the word “frozen,” is not in Disney’s animated feature “Frozen,” which means that A) I can still see “Frozen” and B) the song can’t use a brand tie-in as its excuse for being terrible.  There are multiple reasons I hate this song, but the primary one is likely unfair. I simply can’t tolerate a bunch of attractive young kids pretending to talk to me about heartbreak when their love affairs with starlets are tracked in every tabloid in the world.  

5:47 p.m. First, Rihanna won her seventh-ever AMA trophy for soul/R&B artist.

Then Imagine Dragons performed the night’s first medley, mixing up “Demons” and “Radioactive,” an impassioned performance that should serve as a tryout for a headlining slot at a future KROQ Almost Christmas concert.

That was followed by Taylor Swift winning favorite country album for “Red,” an album she said was “very different” than any she had made in the past. The secret? Hitmaker Max Martin, although Swift said it was the fans. 

5:45 p.m. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won an AMA trophy for “The Heist,” and they preached against racial profiling in their acceptance speech, which was broadcast via satellite from Florida, where they were performing. Mackelmore did most of the talking, quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Macklemore brought up that the act was in Florida and mentioned the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. “It’s time we fight against racism and the laws that protect it,” he said.

His partner, Lewis, thanked fans, and that was followed by a performance from Pitbull and Kesha, who sang a song that addressed America’s vast class divide. Or a song about shaking your booty in hotel rooms none of us can afford, either/or. 

6:10 p.m. “We’re JT and the Tennessee Kids,” said Timberlake. ”This is a song about alcohol.”

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