The competition was fierce as some of the world’s leading music stars battled to steal the limelight – but there was no upstaging Lady Gaga.
The outlandish singer has become renowned for making a big arrival and this was no exception. Taking inspiration from the West Midlands legend, she arrived at last night’s awards on a white horse recreating the tale of Lady Godiva.
And from riding a white horse she moved to the White House as she performed on stage with R Kelly. Their elaborate performance saw Gaga as Marilyn Monroe staging a presidential affair with America’s leader as she and R Kelly performed their song Do What U Want.
Katy Perry, Rihanna and the wayward Miley Cyrus, who are used to commanding the stage, were put in the shade at the American Music Awards by the theatrical Lady Gaga.
Although the biggest screams of the night were reserved for British boyband One Direction. The decibel level was through the roof from the moment the five-piece arrived on stage, while Harry Styles stopped to take a picture with three fans.
The boys, including Wolverhampton’s Liam Payne, walked off with two awards for best pop/rock band, duo or group award, as well as the pop/rock album gong for their Take Me Home album.
Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne presented them with their award for best pop/rock album and the band thanked their fans for their support, as well as their X Factor mentor Simon Cowell.
The glittering AMA Awards saw Justin Timberlake pick up three awards, while Rihanna was given the AMA’s first Icon Award to go with her win as favourite soul/R&B female artist.
Rihanna and her mother took centre stage midway through the show when Monica Fenty presented her pop star daughter with the award.
Ms Fenty told Rihanna how proud she was of her daughter’s success, saying: “I know the journey in your career has not always been an easy one.”
“Just about 20 years ago is when I really started making your life a living hell with my annoying little husky man voice, you would call it,” Rihanna said.
“And I mean just disrupting the entire neighbourhood. Westbury Road, Barbados, they could tell you that’s the truth. I annoyed every one of my neighbours.”
Controversial singer Miley Cyrus – dressed in a tabby cat two-piece that barely covered her modesty – ended the show with a performance that was not quite as over the top as her previous appearances this year, but likely to be talked about just as much, sticking out her tongue at the end as is her now-signature move.
Cyrus, who turned 21 at the weekend, was a little demure when she stood on the red carpet with her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, when she wore a Versus Versace white suit – without anything under her top half.
Katy Perry was, as ever, her colourful self when she opened the show looking like a princess out of a classic Japanese painting.
Dressed in a traditional Japanese dress, her show-starting performance of Unconditionally included dozens of colourfully-clad dancers waved fans, shadow danced in front of rice-paper screens and played the drums. But going for gold on the night ,was country singer Taylor Swift, who won artist of the year for a third time. The 23-year-old also won country album of the year for Red and favourite female country and pop/rock artist at the American Music Awards ceremony which was held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.y.