[tps_footer]One of the most emotional moment of the night was when Rihanna stepped on stage to pick up the first ever Icon Award, her mom came out carrying the trophy. “I am so proud of you because I know that your journey hasn’t been an easy one, but tonight I admire and applaud you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. It’s amazing how you manage to take good from all your experiences,” said her emotional mother Monica Fenty.
Jennifer Lopez was dressed up in a colorful flamenco-style dress to pay tribute to the late salsa icon, Celia Cruz. Lopez hit the stage with a gaggle of dancers for a performance that caused the audience to leap off their feet.
Lady Gaga and R Kelly (President Robert) performed together on stage. In what looked like a ‘Trapped In The Closet’ reboot, R Kelly sang his way through ‘Do What You Want’ as President Robert, while Mother Monster crooned the duet dressed as what appeared to be Marilyn Monroe. Never one to put on a tame performance, the pop star ended up getting straddled by R Kelly before the show was done.
Last but not the least the talking cat in Miley Cyrus‘ performance did catch the eye of everyone, something that did not go very well with the audiences. Miley hit the stage rocking a very high cut out leotard with kittens all over it and performed in front of a backdrop that had a huge anime kitten in it.
Taylor Swift was voted the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time. She also won the country album of the year for Red, favorite female pop/rock artist of the year as well as the award for the female country artist of the year.
Justin Timberlake also picked up three awards where as One Direction and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won two awards.
Other winners included Luke Bryan for favorite male country artist, Swedish DJ Avicii as favorite electronic dance music artist, singer Marc Anthony for favorite Latin artist and Ariana Grande, won the coveted new artist of the year award.
The American Music Awards nominees and winners are chosen by the public, who vote online and via Twitter, and the awards are given out during a live three-hour ceremony held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.[/tps_footer]