From Justin Timberlake telling his "family" to shut up when he got on stage to accept one of his three American Music Awards, to Christina Aguilera's stripped down and soulful duet with A Great Big World, we have the 11 moments from Sunday night's AMAs that we won't soon forget.
1. Justin Timberlake recognizing Bruno [Mars] who wasn't nominated for favorite male soul/R&B artist when accepting the award
2. Jennifer Lopez's costume-changing performance
3. Miley Cyrus performing with a giant cat (not that anything she does surprises us anymore)
4. Kendall Jenner presenting an award (wait, why is she there?)
5. Justin Timberlake telling his family (in the nosebleeds) to shut up when accepting an award
6. Lil Mama performing with TLC and running out of breath while rapping Left Eye's verse in "Waterfalls"
7. Nelly performing part of "Ride Wit Me" with Florida Georgia Line after doing the duo's
remix of "Cruise," which took home the new award for single of the year
8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis using their win for favorite rap album to recognize Trayvon Martin's death and the rampant racial profiling of young people in the U.S.
9. Bill Maher presenting Rihanna with the AMA Icon Award (So. Weird.)
10. Lady Gaga and R. Kelly taking on a presidential scandal in their "Do What U Want" performance
11. Christina Aguilera's stripped down duet with A Great Big World of "Say Something"
Was there a performance or moment that resonated with you? Let us know in the comments.
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
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