2011 American Music Awards Performances [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

It was Jennifer Lopez’s night at the 2011 American Music Awards.

Lopez put her younger rival in the shade, with a risqué performance collaborating with Pitbull. The 42 year-old wore a body stocking wrapped in crystals – showcasing her curvaceous figure – the star raunched up a performance which saw her flung around by her backing dancers (including Casper Smart) before ending up grinding on the rapper. Returning later on, Pitbull also performed with Lopez ex-husband Marc Anthony.

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Drake performed “Headlines” and was backed wtih a live band and a stage outfitted in little more than red lights.

Kelly Clarkson took “Mr. Know It All” and turned it into a ’40-styled tune, plus, she looked beautiful in her red-sequined mermaid dress.

The best and worst cameo occurred LMAFO’s performance. Justin Bieber rocked, while David Hasselhoff fizzled.

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Mary J. Blige gave the standout vocal performance of the night with “Mr. Wrong” from her forthcoming album My Life II: The Journey Continues, due out on November 21. As the song ended, a picture of the recently departed Heavy D appeared on the screen behind her. “Rest in peace to my dear friend, my loved one, my brother: the lovable and great Heavy D,” Mary said, her eyes swelling with emotion. “I miss you so much, brother.”

Watch a ton of the performances from the 2011 American Music Awards…

Jennifer Lopez


Kelly Clarkson

Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Mary J Blige


Enrique Iglesias

Nicki Minaj