The 2009 American Music Awards just wrapped up and after sitting through three hours of so-so performances- I have a lot to say. First- bravo to Alicia Keys ! I think the singer gave 2 of the best performances of the night- one solo and the other with Jay-Z. I also have to show Mary J. Blige some love. After 15 years in the business the singer still does what she does best and that is bring the soul. Mary gave a solid performance and looked good while doing it. Rihanna also gets a cool point or two from me. The rising diva gave a lively performance and hands down wore the evening’s most memorable costume- a white bandage catsuit that strategically covered all of her parts that needed covering.
On the other hand, performances from Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston- left me cold. As much as it hurts me to say this- Janet looked old, fat and washed-up tonight. Her weight is literally weighing her down as she appeared to barely be able move. I was extremely shocked and saddened to see such a dismal performance from a woman who clearly has left her mark on so many of the female acts out today.
Jennifer Lopez’s set started off well enough but quickly flamed out when she started lipsynching. Note to all the lipsynching singers out there- that includes you too Janet- step up your game. Beyonce is on stage singing LIVE and dancing in high heels- there is no excuse for you all to be lipsynching while wearing flats. Even Rihanna, who many claim cannot even sing, sang live tonight and she had on platforms the size of the Sears Tower. Lipsynching is lazy and is so yesterday. Get it together ladies.
As for Whitney- it was another sad night and another sad performance. She struggled to get through “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” and looked a bit pudgy in her white designer gown. Watching her was painful and somber reminder of just how far she had fallen from her once glory days.
Images from the show can be seen below and performance videos can be found via a quick search of You Tube.