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American Music Awards: Live from the red carpet [UPDATED]

November 22, 2009 |  4:35 pm


Pop & Hiss will update this post as reports come in live from the red carpet at downtown's Nokia Theatre. Click here for photos from the red carpet.

5:02 p.m. As the start of the show neared, the stars made their way to the venue. Toni Braxton was a red carpet phantom, rushing by before most crews could get their cameras in place. So did Pete Wentz. Oh, and Carrie Underwood. Guess no one wanted to miss Janet Jackson's big opening performance. 

4:43 p.m. The presence of so many chart-topping female performers became one of the biggest topics of conversation on the AMA carpet. Selena Gomez, who took an unrelated moment to rave about John Mayer's newest album, "Battle Studies," said she was excited to see Rihanna onstage. "She's such a strong, beautiful person," Gomez said. "And between her, J-Lo, Whitney ... It's such a girl-empowered show."

Blogger Perez Hilton paused during an interview to text another one of those empowered ladies, his "wifey" -- Lady Gaga. "She's gonna give an amazing performance," Hilton said. "People don't even know what's gonna hit them."

Gaga wasn't the only one on his mind either. "I just met Shakira," he said. "I used to study her lyrics when I was in high school. They're such tongue-twisters." 

It was Gaga that Mary J. Blige singled out, however. "I like her. I think she's talented. She does her thing full throttle and with love for music. It's always interesting to see what she pulls off."

4:35 p.m. Former "American Idol" contestant and glam rock scion Adam Lambert's performance seems to be among the night's most anticipated. The kohl-eyed star is scheduled to showcase the Dr. Luke-penned title track from his new album, "For Your Entertainment," during the show. (Pop & Hiss sat in on rehearsals last week.)

"He's off the 'Idol' stage and ready to show the world what he's got," said another "Idol" veteran, Blake Lewis. "The album's great. He's going to do great."

Melissa Etheridge said Lambert was her pick for the biggest diva in the venue tonight. "Don't you wanna see what his hair looks like and how much makeup he'll be wearing?" she asked.

Funnyman Seth Green, however, had a different answer. He's was looking forward to hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's performance, although he said we wouldn't be surprised if Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson, the latter of whom is set to open the telecast, stole some of his thunder.

"He's the man," Green said. "He's the king. But with Whitney and Janet ... It's ladies night."

4:22 p.m. Old Navy mannequins? Captain Morgan? A dude in a chef's hat? The A-listers certainly weren't the first to arrive today on the red carpet leading into the Nokia Theatre, site of the 37th annual American Music Awards ceremony, which kicks off in roughly an hour. Diddy's proteges, Day 26, were seen talking with TV outlets as fans cheered in the distance, but it will most likely be some time before nominees, including Taylor Swift and Eminem, make an appearance.

Just before the red carpet opened at 3 p.m., though, Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, were spotted making a quick escape from a last-minute rehearsal. Lopez, clad in a skin-tight black tracksuit and heels, is set to premiere her new single, "Louboutins," from her upcoming album, due for release in January. As the star couple made their exit, a bevy of shirtless male dancers made their way to an awaiting trailer.

-- Yvonne Villarreal and Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Day 26 on the American Music Awards red carpet. Credit: Yvonne Villarreal


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