AMAs 2011: Jennifer Lopez, OneRepublic embarrass themselves
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This is a post largely about a couple of songs that don't even deserve to be written about. Jennifer Lopez gave what will surely be the most cringe-inducing, embarrassing performance of the night at Sunday's American Music Awards with her "On the Floor." It wasn't that Lopez wasn't really wearing any clothes, as audiences expect that nowadays. Instead, it was Lopez's choice of an accessory, which in this case was a car. When the actual commercial ran not too long after the performance, the only difference was the emphasis on the name of the brand.
Worse, however, was OneRepublic, which arrived simply to tell the world that it'd been living quite well off its one massive hit, "Apologize." New song "Good Life" is little more than a city-by-city list of where the band has thrown away cash. "My friends in L.A., they don't know," sang Ryan Tedder, "where I've been the past few years." He then told us: China, Paris, Colorado, etc. Fascinating, Ryan. Tell us more.
The awards show's now about half over, and the best moment of the night so far came when Nicki Minaj won favorite album for her "Pink Friday" over releases from Jaz-Z & Kanye West and Lil Wayne. It was her second award of the night. "This one is actually going to make me cry," she said. "I can't believe this is happening." She thanked God and Lil Wayne, and said her mom had a publicist and was putting out a gospel album. "I'm like, Mom, please, you can't be serious."
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Jennifer Lopez performs at the 2011 American Music Awards. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press