Tuesday, 20 November 2012

2012 American Music Awards

2012 American Music Awards

The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards were broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday Night Nov 18, 2012 shown on ABC. 

Carrie Underwood won Best Favorite Country Album for BLOWN AWAY and performed, hitting the right notes while singing "Two Black Cadillac’s."
Taylor Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite Country Female Artist - "This is unreal. I want to thank the fans. You guys are the ones who voted on this," she said. The RED singer-songwriter also gave a masquerade-themed performance of the pop song "I Knew You Were Trouble."
Lady Antebellum won their third-ever American Music Award taking home the statue for Favorite Country Duo or Group
Luke Bryan won favorite Country Male Artist

The list of 2012 AMA Nominees were:
Male Artist (Country): Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church
Female Artist (Country): Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood
Band,  Duo or Group (Country): Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts
Album, (Country): Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."
Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna

Dick Clark, who created the AMAs, was remembered by Ryan Seacrest and an upbeat performance by Stevie Wonder.
"What a producer he was," said Seacrest, as Wonder sang his hits, including "My Cherie Amour."
American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online.
Canadian Justin Bieber was something of an all-American boy on the Awards night. The pop singer dominated the awards show, winning three trophies, including Artist of the Year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the award, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake.
For the complete Winners Listings visit www.billboard.com

2012 AMA’s Report

Carrie Underwood
As she walked away victorious after her 40th Annual American Music Awards win for "Favorite Album - Country," it marked the “Blown Away” singer's fourth sweep in the category, after SOME HEARTS, CARNIVAL RIDE and PLAY ON previously earned the top honour which means every single one of Underwood’s records has earned her an AMA.
Carrie dressed in a shimmery; metallic blue dress took the stage to accept her latest American Music Award.

Carrie Underwood
AMA Press Room

I am very proud of this album,” she said
Giving thanks to her legions of adoring fans she said: “"I'd like to thank God for giving me the love for music and inspiration to make this album and for giving me the most amazing fans in the entire universe that support us each and every night when we're on the road with the 'Blown Away Tour.' I couldn't love my life any more than I do right now." >>  YouTube

On the live show Underwood looking  jaw-dropping-gorgeous donned black leather fingerless gloves, an all-black lacy, frilly ensemble with a full skirt to perform her latest single ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ . She needed fewer visuals than others on the night to spice up her showcase Black Cadillacs performance.
Watch it here >> YouTube

Taylor Swift
She used the 2012 American Music Awards opportunity to debut her new song ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’.  
For the first half of the song, Tay performed, on a rather gothic looking stage setting, wearing a pale pink Disney princess-style dress, surrounded by a bunch of dancers cloaked in all black. She pulled off a bit of a fashion and costume magic act to reveal a surprising, out-of-the-box, daring and edgy performance from the normally wholesome country “Begin Again” sweetheart. Changing in the blink-of-an-eye from her poufy pink dress into a red corset and black skirt this matched the dancers’ darker mood as she danced and sang on the stage with strobe lighting. 
Taylor Swift
AMA 2012 (Getty Image)

This tough-looking Taylor is not one we’re acquainted, showing fans an edgy, dark and unexpected side of her. Taylor Swift Live AMA Photo 
Swift letting her hair down engaged in a lot of suggestive dancing and sexy choreography with her onstage entourage, and playing a bit of a dominant role, grabbing the male dancers, pulling them to her and bumping up against them in a sultry way.

Taylor had no chance to thank the fans as she headed to her next job. Her hectic schedule meant she skipped the AMA party and headed straight to a video shoot! “Thank you so much for the AMA! You're unreal. I went straight from the awards to a night video shoot. Long day but so worth it,” tweeted Taylor Swift from her official Twitter account on Monday.
It seems Taylor wants to keep her fans happy by debuting new videos for singles from her nearing double Platinum album Red.
Will she get the chance to slow down over Thanksgiving and spend a little time chilling out enjoying her turkey?!

Lady Antebellum
Winning their third-ever American Music Award win a statue for Favorite Country Duo or Group, this was an award they have won before.

Lady Antebellum
AMA 2012 Red Carpet

The OWN THE NIGHT Trio looked genuinely thrilled to be on the stage accepting the prize and thankful to their loyal fanbase who had took the time out to vote - “We want to dedicate to the over a million fans who came out to see us on the road,” Charles Kelley said, nodding to the band’s massively successful headline run, while Hillary Scott thanked the group’s teams for all the work they do to keep the band machine running. Dave Haywood gave shout outs to their spouses and loved ones.

Lady A’s AMAs acceptance speech was touching, no one was left out or forgotten  >> YouTube Congrats Lady AMA’s!
As presenters, Lady Antebellum were on hand to present an AMA to country buddy Luke Bryan.

Luke Bryan
EMI MUSIC/CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP Luke Bryan beat out Jason Aldean and Eric Church for the prize for Favorite Country Male which was presented to him by label mates Lady Antebellum. He was also nominated for Country album with TAILGATES & TANLINES.
The win was his first AMA win, so a momentous occasion for Bryan. When his name was announced, he stopped to kiss his wife and leapt onto the stage, saying to the crowd, “Wassup!”  While at the mic, he thanked his wife for letting him be a big kid on the road and doing what he loves - make music. It was a funny and fitting acceptance speech, since Bryan’s reaction to winning an AMA was filled with childlike wonder. He had a whole lot of people to thank in a limited minute-long slot and with a rapid-fire memory list he made it
Watch it on >> YouTube
Luke was also on AMA roster as a presenter.
Luke Bryan & Caroling Boyer on the AMA's red carpet – Daily Mail Photo

Kelly Clarkson
She who was nominated for Female artist, pop/rock lost out to Katy Perry on the night. Although she has “Don’t Rush” out at country radio here she was in Pop-mode hitting the stage, with a nod to her "American Idol" roots with a number on her dress and three judges looking on as she sang "Miss Independent." Then she went into "Since U Been Gone," ''Stronger" and "Catch My Breath."

2012 American Music Awards Fashion
Pop’s finest princes and princesses and the current country stars graced the red carpet at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

Carrie Underwood
The country/pop crossover singer, who was up against Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert for ‘Favourite Country Female Artist’ and nominated for Favorite Country Album, wore an Abed Mahfouz Fall AW12 2012 gown (Fashion Pic).
Carrie was joined on the red carpet by her husband Mike Fisher.
For her first look of the night Carrie joined many other stars like actress Heidi Klum and Ginnifer Goodwin who sported high-neck looks on the AMA red carpet.

Carrie Underwood
AMA Red Carpet
wearing Abed Mahfouz

The purple hue of her sparkly gown shone against her platinum blonde hair and she dispensed with her lovely wavy locks and opted for a slick high bun. Her purple sequin cap-sleeve gown with a pattern etched down the front was styled with a gold Jill Milan Gold 450 Sutter Clutch and rose-gold Jacob and Co. Earrings from “Lace” collection (Nordstrom.com link) and she wore Guiseppe Zanotti shoes.  FASHION PHOTOPHOTO - PHOTO

The day before, Carrie tweeted, “On stage rehearsing for the #AMAs! It’s going to be fun! I heard about some of the other performances…can’t wait!”

For her second look and “Two Black Cadillacs” performance she wore one-of-a-kind Rachael Cassar Eco Couture textured dress with sequin embellished bodice, draped organza skirt and velvet bow belt, hand made of recycled fabrics from deconstructed pre loved garments

Look #3 came in her acceptance for Favorite Country Music Album wearing beautiful blue origami satin dress with black sequin trim from Sarli Couture by Fausto Sarli AW11 collection, and her beloved Giuseppe Zanotti crystal embellished satin booties.
After her emotional tear-inducing speech, Underwood headed to the press room, posing in the lusciously delicate blue dress and black heels. With a clear sense of gratitude and pride the country superstar exuded avant-garde elegance in this ultra-ruffled belted strapless dress. FASHION Angles/Boots ImagePHOTO - PHOTO
Carrie Underwood AMA Award and Press Room Slideshows - www.examiner.com - www.stylebistro.com

Taylor Swift
Taylor who was up for ‘Favourite Country Female Artist’ lead the stunning stars in golden outfits, with a lacy beaded Zuhair Murad pre-Fall 2012 long-sleeve mini dress  (Fashion Image) that caught the light while she posed for the waiting army of cameras. She brought back the sparkle, in this short sequined dress with pulled-back chic updo, nude lipstick and a smoldering eye for finishing touches

Neil Lane jewels and Jimmy Choo sandals completed her youthful golden girl look for the event.

Related – AMA’s 2012: Eden Sher loses her mind over 'great philosopher Taylor Swift':
The red carpet hosts for the 2012 American Music Awards aren't necessarily in top form tonight, but it looks like "The Middle" actress Eden Sher is taking home the award for absolute worst line of questioning for her interview with Taylor Swift. Sher's biggest problem? She didn't ask any questions.
Instead, when Swift came up to talk to Sher and Lance Bass about tonight's awards show, the 20-year-old actress seemingly lost her mind at being in the presence of her "Gift from God" pop music idol.

Hayden Panettiere
The “NASHVILLE" TV drama star and singer dressed her part without going over-the-top. Hayden wore a silver beaded mini dress with peep toe pumps. Her naked ears and neckline drew attention to her flawless makeup and elegant but not overdone hair - PHOTO

Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott joined singer/actress Lucy Hale deciding to show off their enviable pins in black. Hillary opted for her recent and now familiar dark look in a black Burberry LBD with a silver clutch & Black suede pumps from Giuseppe Zanotti Design featuring a round open toe, a platform at the front and a high contrast gold tone metallic stiletto heel. She accessorized with jewelry by David Webb - PHOTO  - PHOTO
Dave Haywood chose J. Lindeberg for his slender frame whilst Charles Kelley wore Giorgio Armani classic black two-button peak lapel jacket and loose red scarf and open shirt.
Lady Antebellum ACM 2012 red carpet thumbnails - ladyantebellumfans.org

Related: Brad Goreski and Andy Grammer interview Lady Antebellum on the red carpet of the 2012 American Music Awards. They discuss their AMA fashion attire and thoughts on presenting the Favorite Country Male award >> YouTube

SOURCES – Associated Press, Taste of Country, Getty Photos, Daily Mail, RCFA, MusicFashionLand

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