2011 American Music Awards Highlights

From Jennifer Lopez's buzz-worthy performance of "On the Floor" to awards collected by Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, the 2011 American Music Awards had plenty of exciting moments.

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Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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Were you talking about Jennifer Lopez' provocative perfromance, complete with product placement, at the 39th Annual American Music Awards Sunday night? Us too. Click to see more highlights from the show, which was ruled by women.
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Nikki Minaj opened the event with a bang, wearing space-age armor and her trademark pink wig.
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Minaj swept both hip-hop categories as the only woman nominated in either. In her acceptance speech, she gave a shoutout to all the lady MCs who'd come before her — and mentioned host Queen Latifah by name.
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Katy Perry sang a soulful -- and very pink -- rendition of "The One That Got Away."
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She then accepted a special award for five number one singles from one album. "Teenage Dream."
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Supermodel Heidi Klum presented Katy Perry with her award and a kiss.
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Kimberly Perry, of sibling act The Band Perry, took home Song of the Year, and two other awards with her brothers, Neil and Reid.
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Queen Latifah hosted the show with with her usual aplomb.
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Taylor Swift was one of the big winners of the night, nabbing two awards in the country categories where she was nominated — both of which she celebrated with her pal Selena Gomez.
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...but she looked spectacularly stunned when she won the Artist of the Year award — which she won two years ago, too — in addition to her other country honors.
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Christina Aguilera performs at the 39th Annual American Music Awards.
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Mary J. Blige performed a tribute to Heavy D, who died earlier his month.
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But it was Jennifer Lopez stole the show with her provocative performance.
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J.Lo's rendition of "On the Floor" was probably most talked-about performances of the night, with a number involving a car, a lot of shed clothing and a lot of suggestive dance moves. And also stilt-walkers.
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One of those provocative moves during her "On the Floor" performance was shared with Pitbull, who guested on the song.
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Pitbull also showed up in a performance by J.Lo's recent ex Marc Anthony. Awkward!
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Both J.Lo and Marc Anthony were nominated for favorite Latin artist, but J.Lo won the award — and accepted it tearfully.
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Maroon 5 performed — and also won the award for favorite pop group.
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Bruno Mars eagerly accepted his trophy for being the favorite male pop artist.
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Chris Brown was nominated in the favorite R&B album category, but he lost to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown performed at the ceremony, but Rihanna couldn't attend.
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Drake looked cool as he performed.
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Kelly Clarkson glammed it up in a shimmery red gown with a coterie of '40s photographers turned backup dancers.
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Clarkson didn't win any awards at the show, but she did earn raves for her performance of "Mr. Know It All."
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Rapper Ludacris and singer Enrique Iglesias connected during their performance.
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And Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were as connected as ever while watching the performances.
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Bieber took his turn in the spotlight, too.
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Redfoo and LMFAO certainly livened things up during the grand finale. Yes, that is Justin Bieber in animal-print leggings in the background.
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Continuing the zebra theme, this balloon was passed through the crowd during their performance.
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Even David Hasselhoff joined LMFAO onstage. And that was the end,
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