Nicki Minaj, wearing a futuristic robot suit and her signature pink hair, opened the show with a two-song performance. Flanked by giant robot men spraying smoke, the nominee busted out energetic performances of “Turn Me On” and “Super Bass.” She may have looked like the tinman, but her performance had plenty of heart.
Justin Bieber tried to get everyone in the holiday mood with his performance of “Mistletoe,” which is off his Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. In a white and red biker-chic outfit, the singer’s performance featured red and green lights, but not a whole lot of pizzazz.
Unless you’ve been living in seclusion for the last few months, you’ve seen Jennifer Lopez’s commercials for the Fiat. The singer brought her favorite new sidekick along for a ride to the AMAs stage in a feat of extreme product placement. Other than the car’s starring role, Lopez’s performance featured acrobatics, stilt walkers and a sparkly bodysuit – looking an awful lot like Britney Spears’ infamous nude unitard from 2000.
Adam Lambert introduced OneRepublic during the show. The former Idol contestant had not been a part of the show since his controversial 2009 performance in which he kissed his male bass player on the lips. "They trust me now,” Lambert told THR when asked if he stuck to the script this year.