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2012 American Music Awards Red Carpet and Full List of Winners

 

Another American Music Awards came and went. The show opened with a slightly out of breath Usher doing a medley of his hits and possibly blinding millions in the process. The performances were heavy on blondes, with PinkChristina AguileraCarrie Underwood and Gwen Stefani and Co rocking the stage. Nicki Minaj took us through a Winter Wonderland nightmare, and Justin Bieber didn’t let his recent breakup keep him doing what he does…lots of crotch-grabbing.

Perhaps the most talked about moment will be PSY‘ “Gangnam Style with a cameo from MC Hammer. Yes, that MC Hammer! Look, I know people are already writing PSY off as a one hit wonder here in the States, but this guy is huge everywhere and he puts on one hell of a show. It was exciting, and fun and kind of reminded me of LMFAO‘s big show closing performance form last year’s show. Hopefully, he won’t be in the same position they are now when I’m writing a recap of of 2013’s show.

There were some “interesting” looks from the red carpet. It’s the AMAs, so I never expect much really. Nicki wore a bright Now n’ Later colored dress, while Xtina got rid of the My Little Pony hair for a bob. I miss the pink honestly. Taylor Swift wore, surprise, sparkles and dumb look on her face!

 

Carrie Underwood looked good in this dark purple gown.

 Bieber, who is well on his way to a CoverGirl contract.

Speaking of cover girls, Pink worked a grey-ish silver dress.

Will.i.am wore this. (Eyeroll)

While 50 Cent was one of the few guys to wear a suit.

No Doubt never age, and hair bleach might have something to do with it.

Kelly Rowland looked gorgeous and trendy in this short number.

Ke$ha is trying out a new, “cleaner” look, but it’s not quite working for her.

 The show was performance heavy, but a handful of awards were actually given out. Here are all the winners!

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER – Justin Bieber

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER – Carly Rae Jepsen

 FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
WINNER – Justin Bieber

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
WINNER – Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
WINNER – Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
WINNER – Justin Bieber, “Believe”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
WINNER – Luke Bryan

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
WINNER – Taylor Swift

FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
WINNER – Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
WINNER – Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
WINNER – Nicki Minaj

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
WINNER – Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
WINNER – Usher

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
WINNER – Beyoncé

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
WINNER – Rihanna, “Talk That Talk”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
WINNER – Linkin Park

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
WINNER – Adele

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
WINNER – Shakira

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
WINNER – tobyMac

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
WINNER – David Guetta

What was YOUR favorite performance of the night?

No Doubt “Push and Shove” Video Premiere!

No Doubt

 

If you’ll excuse me while I continue my No Doubt love affair. It’s like when you see that cute guy you went to high school with, and he’s single and even better looking than he was back in 10th grade.

 

Shot in and around NYC, “Push and Shove” features the band hanging out and getting wild on a private plane. They teamed up once again with director Sophie Muller for this clip, and it reminds me a lot of the video for “Hella Good.”

The band also hit up ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ for two days, and performed their latest single “Looking Hot” and old favorite “Spiderwebs.”

Catch Wednesday’s show to see what else they perform!

No Doubt Return With ‘Push and Shove’

Push and Shove

No Doubt is without a doubt my favorite band of all time, and I was excited to listen to their latest Push and Shove. It’s their sixth studio album release, and their first in more than ten years. Checking out the album sampler, I was worried that I wouldn’t absolutely love the album, and even more worried that maybe ND wasn’t the same band that I have loved for over 15 years.

After Gwen Stefani‘s solo releases in 2004 and 2006 , it seemed the band was still taking their time with another album. While I patiently waited, they headed out on a Summer tour in 2009 while working on what would become Push and Shove. The album was originally supposed to be released last year but the band felt the album wasn’t ready and went back into the studio to tweak some songs. “Settle Down” was the first single released, and I think it served it’s purpose of being a good Summer Buzz single, although I don’t think it was the comeback song fans were hoping for.

Photo via: WILSON WEBB. By Rolling Stone

 

The title track “Push and Shove” was released as a promo single a couple of weeks ago, co-produced by Major Lazer and featuring Jamaican artist Busy Signal, it still didn’t get as hype for this new album as it should have. Bassist Tony Kanal said that it was the band’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” One of the many things that made that song so great was that it lacked a traditional chorus, where as the problem with “Push and Shove” is it’s chorus. The transition from the pumping beat by Diplo to the slowed down, dubstep part just doesn’t work.

Push and Shove as a whole however, does work. It is much more cohesive than “Rock Steady”, and I have to say a lot less whiny than “Return of Saturn”. Whatever Gwen and the gang’s inspiration was, it came from a pretty good place but there are still the “I know I’m cool, but I’m a little unsure and I need you to remind me” lyrics from Stefani. She also seems to be obsessed with the word “hustle“, which appears in three songs.

While it isn’t “Tragic Kingdom:, which we can all agree was No Doubt’s best album, the band isn’t in the same place they were when “Don’t Speak” came about. I wish this would have been released a couple of months ago so that “One More Summer” could have been a proper Summer jam with a video set on the beach. While most albums fall apart in the second half, ND finishes strong with “Sparkle” and “Heaven”, which quickly became my two favorite cuts. “Looking Hot” is another stand-out that you’ll be hearing on the radio soon.

It might have taken me a couple iTunes plays to really appreciate “Push and Shove”, it is definitely an album that grows on you. I do wonder if it would have sounded any different if they hadn’t gone back “perfected” the final product. I’m just glad that I can continue my love for the band.

“Push and Shove” gets 4 1/2 Bleakeys out of 5!