AMA’s 2011 Recap and Review

21 11 2011

I was going to Live Blog from the AMA’s last night, but I decided a review and post-show recap would be good enough.

And seriously, did you need to know frame by frame what happened last night?

There was no Gaga there to create drama and/or confusion. I hear she’s filming a Thanksigivng special, which might actually be more blog-worthy than the Ama’s last night. OUch. Sorry, it slipped.

Can I tell you what I really thought of the AMA’s last night?  Safe. Too safe. 3 Hours of safe.

The performers were not bringing their A game, half the time they weren’t even lipsynching to their A-game potential. J-Lo is NOT fooling anyone anymore. I don’t understand why she even pretends to pretend to sing… it’s getting ridiculous.

As far as the performances go (and that’s the real reason we have these Award shows…) – here’s a mini recap:

Nicki Minaj – decided to go with the (tired) Robot/Tron/Tranformers theme that has been clinging to for a few years now. Girl is usually a killer performer, I didnt see alot of creativity here, but the producers predicted a big night for her…. and they were right. She swept most of the Rap/R&B categories.

Justin Bieber – must suck to only be able to sing Christmas music from october – March, but that’s exactly what the Bieb has to do. Putting out a Chrsitimas album means yule-hell for 5-6 months… and even at Award shows. Yikes. Can’t think of a worse hell. However, this time last year, Bieber still had an insurance policy on his haircut, no girlfriend and no license…what a difference a year can make. Now he’s ditched the ‘Flick back’, got himsef a trophy-gal and crashes Bentleys with the best of them.

J-Lo (x2) – Yep, mama Lopez is single and ready to flaunt it…again. Girl can certainly rock a tassle outfit. But Jenny from the Block is so far from it, and is relapsing back into full diva Bennifer syndrome. I thought it was hard to sit through her car commercial, but then to make the car part of your performance? Shameful. So blatant, so icky, so sell out. Not that it’s a new thing for J-Lo… but this could be a new low. Meh, everyone deals with break ups differently… and with J-Lo we definitely see a pattern emerging.

Chris Brown – Before you ask, No Riahnna wasnt in the audience, and yes he DID lose to her in the award category. The world keeps rooting for Rihanna and resenting Chris Brown. Honestly, I’m a believer in second chances. But there is something about THIS guy that makes it hard for me to get behind (or infront …watch that left hook! sorry) Every time i see him perform I think of 2 things: 1. the picture of Rihanna’s battered face 2. MJ poser. Ever since someone made a reference to him being the next MJ, he has crafted every performance after the iconography of the Prince. It’s never new…Chris we get it, practising the moonwalk infront of your mirror all through your childhood is finally starting to pay off, right?

The Band Perry – finally, an act that just stands on stage and belts out their #1 song. That’s what I want to see… the songs I like, being sung live. Something tells me this band has a long way to go before it’s Lady Antelbellum… like for instance, another hit song.

Kelly Clarkson- an interesting perfomance of her new song… girl’s got a killer voice that needs no spectacle. But is there something eerily passe about her? She needs a reinvention a la ‘my life would suck without you’.

Maroon 5/Xtina – Did Adam Levine really thingk this through? When he decided to include Christina in his song, did he realize that it meant she would have to follow him around wherever he performed it? It’s a great song, i just wish someone onstage WOULD actually ‘move like jagger’… Christina can’t even breath in her spanks, and Levine is a skinny white boy lacking in material.

Katy Perry– can someone please tell this poor girl that she was only VOICING Smurfette, she doesnt need to dress like her every time she goes out. Mercy. However, it was nice to see her stripped down (not what you think) paying acoustic guitar to her new ‘weepy’.

There were other performances – Mary J Blige, Pitbull, LMFAO, Mark Anthony, One Republic…

Oversights? How about the fact that Taylor Swift swept the night… but didnt perform. And seriously ABC…when did you promote Chris Harrison to be the Ryan Seacrest of your network?

It was very much a ladies night – Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, J-Lo, Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele all taking home awards. Guess the ladies are dominating the airwaves and raking int he hardware this year!



The 2010 AMA Live Blog

21 11 2010

It’s the AMA‘s people…and there are a few certainties. Biebers hair, Miley’s over-sex drive, Provacative Pink, and a Twilight appearance (for screams).

Settle in, it’s going to be a long night of pyrotechnics and the who’s who of the music industry!

Rihanna opens it… in a bedsheet on a giant crystal tree. Anyone else think she is channeling Whitney Houston with her hair-crimp? Wowza, her earrings are…size XL. But she can kill an opening – girl can DANCE and has lots of hits to ‘mash up’.Oh, and the bedsheet didnt stick around long.

First Bieber spotting. Yep, still got that hair.

Heidi Klum…at the American Music awards. SHe’s not american or musical. No matter…she rocks a black doily and hands out Soul R&B album: Usher

Jenny Mcarthy and John Legend (one doesnt belong…..right?) and give out Favourite Pop Group: Black Eyed Peas
Wil.I.Am is wearing lego and bragging, Fergie is wearing feather shoulder pads and trying not to look her age.

Modern family stars introduce Enrique Iglasius…right, he’s relevant again. I forgot. Is it weird that I would kill for his legs?

By the way, the hardest working man in the biz is the autotuner…just sayin.

and, Miley Cyrus looks like a Munster in long dark garb with spinning candelabras in the background. Didnt she dance on a stripper pole last year in short shorts? This year she wants to be more Sheryl Crow and less disowned Disney child.

Diddy Combs Dirty Money Sean, P….whoever he is now, his act rarely changes. Lots of bling, ‘curvy’ girls in lingerie and white people in the audience wondering ‘how do I dance to this music’? Hint: YMCA wont work in this case. Put it away.

Jessica Alba emerges from oblivion to present female Country artist: Taylor Swift.
WHo the…?! Taylor Swift is sporting a ‘new do’… straight hair and bangs. A la Reese Witherspoon…coincidentally, she’s dating Jake Gyllenhaal. Again, just sayin…

Sam Jackson doesn’t age, and introduces Kid Rock as a crossover Pop/Rock/Rap/Blues artist. So that’s what you’d call it. I’d add trailer-park-bar-singer to that genre list.

Johnny Weir is a celeb now? and Shakira wins the Latin Music award.

Black Eyed Peas continue to morph into robots, or those things from the Matrix. Something strange about this phase. Fergie shimmers and pops out of her…metal dress , Wil.I.Am looks like a futuristic Ken doll and the other two…no one cares about. sorry. Quality performance overall, with a Terminator version of ‘Time of my Life‘.

Katy Perry hired a childrens choir (or is it just Ange and Brads children?) This girl has a knack for dressing very literally…tonight, she is dressed as a firework. Her background dancers are the best of the night thus far.

Nicki Minaj...doesn’t have a stylist obviously. Refreshing. Until she plugs her album shamelessly before handing out the award for Soul R&B female: Rihanna.
She look like Christmas. Red hair, Green dress.

The girl everyone’s here to see… Willow Smith introduces the boy everyone’s here to see: Justin Bieber. Proving he’s not just tight pants and bowl haircut…playing the piano in a collared shirt. But the urge to dance is strong. Someone tell him that wearing his grandma’s jewelry doesnt constitute as ‘bling’. The boy can SANG, and he is a long way from Stratford Ontario!

Mandy Moore (has a movie to promote…) and gives out the award for Male Country Artist: Brad Paisley (surprise surprise)

Bon Jovi performs (the oldies of the night) still milking $$$ from Jon Bon Jovi’s name and fabulous hair genes. Question: how does an 80’s hair-band become  a legit country trio? strange. Jon still has a rock vein, and pulls out his favourites because…that’s what we allll want!

—- halfway point people! As usual, AMA’s jam-packed with performances, with little emphasis on the awards—

Natasha Bedingfield is still around (?!) and wearing the same thing as Heidi Klum. She gives an ad for T-Mobile while handing Justin Bieber his first of the night..a fan vote, no way!

Kelly Osbourne finds another venue to show off her smug skinni-ness. She introduces a newly impregnated Pink…what?no hanging from the rafters…she opts for hammer pants.

NeYo performs (side note: is this an awards show? Why are there no awards?) Does his best MJ tribute attempt…he’s definitely got the moves.

Taylor Swift sings about another former-suitor (we think it’s the Twilight kid). Looks completely different with her new hair…wow! Makes her look at LEAST 18. Actually, she looks like Hilary Duff…with career staying power and a gazillion more fans.

Julianne Hough is a celeb because of her Prince of Hollywood BF I suppose, and hands out Pop Rock award: Justin Bieber.
He did  not come prepared…he resorts to the ‘thank you michael jackson‘ card. yikes.

Christina Aguilera had a baby, and hasnt been the same since. Sh’s trying…I wonder if Pink will suffer the same fate? Christina goes the ‘shove my latest acting venture down your throats’ – the poor mans Chicago/Moulin Rouge… Burlesque.

Ke$ha doesn’t even try to hide the autotune. wow. I don’t know what’s worse…but this is pretty bad.

Ok…NKOTB and BSB close the show- funny, they were the opening acts in previous decades.But this was a treat for those of us over 22… a mash up of all the favs, performed as a ten man wonder band of teenage crushes!

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