The 2009 American Music Awards is celebrating music industry's hottest talent -- but two musical superstars were noticeably absent from the ceremony.
Taylor Swift, up for six awards tonight, is currently across the pond in London, where she's performing a concert on Monday, November 23. When Swift, 19, was announced the winner of the Favorite Pop/Rock Female award, the "Fearless" singer called in to thank her fans for the award -- despite the fact that it was 2 AM in Britain! "I will never be able to say how much I love you," Swift told her fans.
Taylor was also awarded statuettes for Favorite Adult-Contemporary Artist, Favorite Country Female, and Artist of the Year.
Also missing from the show? Beyoncé Knowles, who won Favorite Female Soul/R&B artist, wasn't there to accept her award.
Knowles, 28, wasn't in attendance -- but her husband, Jay-Z, performed his smash hit "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys early in the show. Yankees slugger A-Rod introduced his fellow New Yorkers before their performance. Jay also won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male.
Hip-hop superstar Jay Z and singer Alicia Keys are set to perform at this year's American Music Awards. The duo performed last month at the MTV VMAs, but irksome rapper Lil Mama crashed the stage, and the earlier antics of Kanye West stole their spotlight.
Jay Z and Keys will join The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert in what is becoming an outstanding list of stars. Show producer Larry Klein is excited to have booked the duo. "We are thrilled to have Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on stage together, both are such talented artists, it's sure to be a memorable performance."
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 22 on ABC -- it's not to be missed!
Only Justin Timberlake could bring the biggest names in music together for one night -- and "Extra" was there!
"I brought 'em out tonight," the 28-year-old superstar told the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The Justin Timberlake and Friends concert featured Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Timbaland, TLC, Snoop Dogg, Ciara and Jay Sean and benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Timberlake wore his signature hat, blazer and button-down flannel and opened the show with a funky blues rendition of "FutureSex/LoveSounds." He played emcee for the night and shared the mic with Ciara and later Snoop Dogg. The pop crooner also rocked out with Timbaland for his entire set. The two performed a new track that could be on Timbaland's upcoming album "Shock Value 2."
Justin wrapped the three-hour show with a memorable set of his own. The Grammy winner mashed-up Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" with his 2002 hit "Cry Me a River." Earlier this summer, Timberlake was spotted at the Kings of Leon concert in L.A. and recently told "Extra" he can't stop listening on his iPod to his fellow Tennessee-natives. Justin will also appear on the upcoming Kings of Leon remix album that also features interpretations from Linkin Park and Pharrell Williams.
The sexy singer was ready to call it a night after he tickled the ivories for "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around" but he played one more song and surprised the audience with a freestyle version of "Until the End of Time" for the couples in the crowd. "There are a lot of haters, but are there any lovers out there?" Justin asked.
Timberlake's incredible talent, impromptu dance moves and lovable personality rocked the Las Vegas strip and raised close to $1 million for charity.
Kanye jammed, Diddy danced and Nelly stripped down for Fergie! The 2008 BET Awards brought out some of Hollywood's hottest young stars -- including Chris Brown and rumored gal Rihanna. The "Umbrella" singer has kept mum on rumors that she's dating Chris, but revealed a different piece of "quiet" info to "Extra" about her new tattoo, saying, "It's 'Shhh.'"
The evening's big winners included Kanye West, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys -- all nabbing Best Artist awards in their respective categories. West dominated in the collaboration department as well; picking up an award for his "Good Life" duo with rapper/producer T Pain -- whose mad tea party hat wowed the red carpet.
While music was center stage, the chatter of the evening was politically focused -- on Barack Obama taking the White House in November! "I think he has the right vision for the country," said ripped rapper LL Cool J. "Now obviously, he has to execute it, because there's a difference."