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.
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.
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…
Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Mary J Blige