Sunday, November 23, 2008

LIVE BLOG: American Music Awards 08

Alright folks, I was watching the American Music Awards and I felt like blogging about it as it happened....

So following me as I talk about what I like and dislke...


The 36th annual awards show kicks off with Jimmy Kimmel who does a great job of opening the show with jokes about everyone, especially the Jonas Brothers.

The first award -- for best female Soul/R&B -- was given out by Jamie Foxx who shamelessly plugged his upcoming album. Who knew he had a new album coming out? I don't think I'll be purchasing it. Sorry, Jamie.

Nominees included Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige.
The winner is Rihanna. No surprise. She's been dominant and apparently this year the winners are voted by the fans. And I must add Rihanna looked amazing. (See pics above)
The second award -- for best male pop/rock -- was presented by Paris Hilton and T-Pain. The nominees: Chris Brown, Kid Rock and Usher (who? Usher Raymond? who? lol). Chris Breezy wins his first American Music Award and it was definitely well-deserved. This guy is new Michael Jackson. He's going to be around for quite awhile. Let's just hope he stays away from the skin cream, plastic surgery and little boys!

In another award -- for best rap/hip-hop album -- the nominees were Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Kanye West picked up his first American Music Award. No temper tantrum this year [Jimmy Kimmel joked about this earlier]. Kanye didn't thank fans or industry executives, instead he decided to give a quick speech about the music industry. He mentioned the up and coming artists and how the industry is changing. He concluded by talking about how people are told they can't be who they want to be. Kanye disagreed and said, "I want to be Elvis" and walked off. Another Kanye moment. Nice job.

Performances in the first hour:
Christina Aguilera got the AMA's started. She performed a medley of her hits. You name it, she did it. She closed out of her performance with "Survivor." As I watched her, I couldn't help but think -- she's grown now. She doesn't look the same, obviously she gained some weight, but that's expected since she just had a baby. Overall, decent performance but I could have used someone else to start off the show. [note: she did MUCH better than Brittney Spears when she returned]

New Kids on the Block performed their new song and their old stuff. I can't believe they came out 20 years ago. Wow. I couldn't stand them as a kid and I really don't care much for them now. However, they have a decent new song, but Ne-Yo shouldn't have let them sing it. (Yes, Ne-Yo wrote that song)
Pink performed "Sober." I never heard this before. But nice vocal performance. Pink has come a LONNNG way. She transformed quite a bit. I like her.

Ne-Yo performed a few of his current songs, including "Closer." When I watch him I just always think, "This guy thinks he's Michael Jackson or something. But he's not." He's a good performer though...can't hate.

Leona Lewis peformed "Better in Time." I like this song and actually downloaded it earlier today. She's a good singer. Nice job to Leona.

End of first hour
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Today is the 16th birthday of Miley Cyrus. She performed. Not a fan, at all. But she did her thing. I'm sure the younger viewers enjoyed this.
Alicia Keys wins for best pop/rock album. She beat out Coldplay and the Eagles. A-Keys looked great. (see pic above) "As I Am" was a great album, although I think her debut album "Songs In A Minor" was her best work. She deserved to win.

So far, I'm pretty pleased with the results of the AMA's. In the past these award shows make you want to throw things at the TV. Not this year. [hope I didn't speak to soon]

Jimmy Kimmel sits in the audience with members of the Wu-Tang Clan for a funny skit. He asks Wu-Tang Clan members to name members of the Jonas Brothers. Of course, they can't. It was funny.

Terrence Howard introduces Mariah Carey.
She performs "I Stay in Love." She's helped down a few steps by Nick Cannon, her new husband. [whatta joke] Let's cue the left-hand. Those who know Mariah Carey know that she'll use that hand throughout this performance and she does not disappoint. Nice vocal performance, I couldn't tell if she was lip-syncing or not. She held on to her "special bling-bling microphone" and appeared to hit those notes. Nothing spectacular about this. The highlight -- or joke of the performance -- was Nick Cannon helping her and kissing her hand. He looked like a servant or something. Pretty amusing.

The next award is a big category -- favorite Pop/Rock female artist - and the nominees are Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Mariah Carey.

Rihanna wins! wowww!! I'm pleased with the results. She deserves it. Mariah Carey probably isn't too pleased though. I mean, she just finished performing. Oh well, Mariah better get used to losing. I'm sure Rihanna will continue her dominance if she's nominated in other categories.

The sometimes annoying Jordin Sparks and Enrique Igleais (sp?) present the next award -- best rap/hip-hop artist. The nominees are Flo-rida (why!?), Kanye West and Lil' Wayne.

The winner is Kanye West, who wins his second award of the night -- sort of. After being presented the award, he flips the script and announces he giving the award to Lil' Wayne. "I'm going to give this award to Wayne," he said. What the hell!? I guess the AMA's don't mean too much to him. This is the same guy who threw a fit for not winning awards at other shows. Something is clearly not right with this guy. One thing is for sure, he certainly knows what to do to keep people talking about him.

The Jonas Brothers win the T-Mobile award -- it's the fans award. No surprise. Big up to them because they're from Bergen County, New Jersey. Okay, let's move on to more important things.

The Dream introduces Beyonce.
He wrote the song "Single Ladies" and she performed it. No flashy set or anything to take the attention off Beyonce and her two dancers. The performance was nearly identical to the video. The dance routine the same. They even had the ramp for the trio to run up [if you've seen the video, you know what I'm talking about]. The dancers were a little distracting to me...especially the blonde girl. She just looked awkward. Maybe it was just me. I don't know. Great performance. Beyonce [or Beyonce-Z as Jimmy Kimmel referred to her earlier] held up her pony-tail at the end. Not sure what that was supposed to mean.

Next award: Best Soul/R&B album. Nominees: Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige.

Winner is Alicia Keys. That's two for her. She dedicated the award to all the "Superwoman."

Jonas Brothers perform and close out the second hour.


Pussycat Dolls perform. Hot performance. These girls are 10 times better than the Spice Girls. They were wearing bodysuits in the beginning of their performance for their first song. They quickly took them off, however, one girl had a little trouble getting out of her outfit. Kinda funny. They proceeded to swing around stripper poles in their performance of "When I Grow Up." Say what you want about them, but these girls can perform and Nicole Scherzinger is an excellent singer. I ain't mad at them.

Rihanna performs. Of course, she has on some sort of creative outfit draped with silver accessories. She even had an eye patch over her right eye. It came off midway through her performance of "Rehab." It's a slow song. I would have perferred the uptempo "Disturbia," but I guess she's performed that too much. Overall, this performance was nothing to brag about. C'mon Rihanna, let's give the people something to talk about!! Maybe next time perform with Chris Brown or something.

Kanye West performs. I've seen Kanye live before and he always gives his all in his performances. He always displays a lot of emotion and really makes you feel his performances. He does this again as he performed "Heartless" from his upcoming album. Solid performance from Kanye.


THE WINNER: CHRIS BROWN!! Wow. A big win for the kid from a small town in Virginia. Barack is president, C-Breezy is artist of the year. Proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. I'm sure five years ago Chris Brown would have NEVER imagined he'd achieve this. See what a difference a few years can make. He accepted his award in absolute shock. (I also should point out he was sitting next to his girlfriend Rihanna all night. Both were big winners tonight.)


The show closed with a performance from Alicia Keys, who had two special surprise guests.

In typical A-Keys fashion she performed "Superwoman" on her piano.

The first surprise was someone she had been sitting next to all night, Queen Latifah. (How THEY doin!? lol) The Queen showed she can do it all --rapping and singing. She was the first person of the night to mention Jennifer Hudson and her nephew and sister who were tragically killed.
The other surprise was opera singer, Kathleen Battle, who joined Latifah and A-Keys. It was a nice way to close out the show.

Overall, great show. And I didn't have to throw anything at the television this year. Surprisingly, and unlike previous years, I was pleased with this award show.


Anonymous said...

i definitely have to give pink her props. i've always liked her. a keys performance was great way to close the show.

Anonymous said...

feeney u know you need to write why mariah carey performed. Having the most number one hits ever in music is BIG! GO MARIAH! And beating Elvis with most number one albums is also BIG!

Roni said...

I didn't see it so I really enjoyed the recap! GREAT JOB Feeney!

Anonymous said...

Hey seems like the afro american performers dominated the show this year...hmmm.... interesting

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