Taylor Swift, Adele, & Nicki Minaj Win Big at American Music Awards

Nicki Minaj

Taylor Swift was crowned Artist of the Year and an emotional Nicki Minaj went home with two awards at the 2011 American Music Awards on Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Nicki Minaj and David Guetta kicked off the 39th annual show, which also featured performances from Drake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull, Ludacris, LMFAO, and more. 50 Cent, Jennifer Hudson, Bruno Mars, Sean Kingston, John Legend, and Lionel Richie were among the presenters.

Of the winners, Rihanna took home Favorite Soul/R&B Album for last year’s LOUD, edging out Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. and Beyoncé’s 4. Though she couldn’t be in attendance, the Bajan songstress checked in with a pre-recorded segment. “Thank you so much. This means a lot for me to win this award,” she said. “I love you guys. Thanks to all my fans who showed me all this support.”

Taylor Swift presented Nicki Minaj with Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for her debut Pink Friday, which beat out Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV. Dressed in a flowing green ensemble, the Harajuku Barbie struggled while walking to the podium and was visibly shaken upon accepting the honor.

“This one could actually make me cry. I can’t believe this is happening,” said a tearful Nicki. “Again, I have to thank God and I have to thank Lil Wayne because without him, I would not be here.”

The Young Money raptress also trumped Kanye and her Young Money boss for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. “There’s so much love in this room. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this love. I didn’t think I would win it,” said Nicki, who accepted the award from Hudson and acknowledged her Barbz. “There’s power in your peace—hold your peace.”

Beyoncé was not present to accept her award for Favorite R&B Female Artist, where she was up against Rihanna and Kelly Rowland. “AMAs, thank you very, very much for Favorite R&B Solo Female Artist,” said the mom-to-be, who was busy screening her DVD Live at Roseland in New York. “I’m so excited about this award because it was voted by all of my fans and I have the best fans in the world. You’re actually the only people I want to thank.”

Adele was also not in attendance, as she is recovering from her recent throat surgery. The British songbird swept in the Pop/Rock Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Album categories as well as Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, tying Swift for three awards.

Bruno Mars, who introduced Maroon 5’s performance with Christina Aguilera and Gym Class Heroes, beat out Biebs and Pitbull for Favorite Pop/Rock Male. “I want to thank the fans for voting, it means everything to me,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez, who performed with both will.i.am and Pitbull, accepted the award for Favorite Latin Music Artist over Mr. 305 and Enrique Iglesias. “I didn’t expect to win,” said the diva. “I want to thank God because it’s been a really amazing year in so many ways. It’s been up and down and just exciting and overwhelming and so many things and I’m just grateful for my blessings. I want to thank my family most of all, my beautiful babies who inspire me every single day to be a better person and be better at what I do.”

2011 American Music Awards Winners

POP or ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist – Adele
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Maroon 5
Favorite Album – Adele – 21

COUNTRY MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist – Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album – Taylor Swift – Speak Now

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC
Favorite Artist – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album – Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist – Usher
Favorite Female Artist – Beyoncé
Favorite Album – Rihanna – LOUD

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Artist – Foo Fighters

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Favorite Artist – Adele

LATIN MUSIC
Favorite Artist – Jennifer Lopez

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist – Casting Crowns

SPRINT NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Hot Chelle Rae

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift



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83 Comments

  1. kwayzee

    NICKI!!!!!!!!!
    YESSSSS!!!!!!

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    peasant Reply:

    @kwayzee, lol rihanna didn’t win best Soul/R&B it was beyonce..i watch the show. congrats nicki, well deserve and your speech was touching…i love the fact that you shot out all the female rap artist…past, present and future. stay golden.. you’ve came a long way..thanks for saving female rap <3

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    peasant Reply:

    @peasant, oh my bad different category…congrats riri and be. black women shutting it down!

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    MATT DOFAT Reply:

    @peasant, co sign instead of duking black artists against each other we should be supporting them all

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    @bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @kwayzee,
    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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    nicki THE BEST Reply:

    @@bigbootyjudy, F##K LIL KIM REAL S##T!

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    bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @nicki THE BEST, No fuck u u basic hoe lol u following me hoe check my record boo

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  2. Jordan

    Yessss Nicki won BEST HIP HOP ARTIST and ALBUM overall!! Im so proud of her. She’s come so far. No matter how much hate she gets, she continues to go hard. The people that actually matter love her :)

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    @bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @Jordan,
    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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  3. Frank

    congrats nicki. kanye is the best artist period though. the man is literally a musical genius

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  4. Positive

    Congrats 2 all.

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  5. ...

    Congrats Nicki

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    @bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @…,
    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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  6. What the...?

    SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
    Favorite Album – Rihanna – LOUD

    Umm… in what world is LOUD an R&B, let alone a soulful album????? Rihanna is POP! SMH at these idiots who think that anything by a black singer is R&B. They might as well have given the hip-hop/rap awards to Adele.

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    Positive Reply:

    @What the…?,
    LOL…

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    ThankMeLater Reply:

    @What the…?, I agree she should not have won.

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    MATT DOFAT Reply:

    @What the…?, IF YOU LISTEN TO THE ALBUM (WHICH I DOUBT YOU DID) THERE IS MORE r&B SONGS THAN THERE IS POP…ITS LIKE 51% R&B AND 49 POP…THATS ALSO HOW THE GRAMMYS DO IT SO DONT BE SO BITTER ABOUT IT

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    Phoenix_Wright Reply:

    @MATT DOFAT, your percentage is way off, more like 35% r&b 65% pop. I BOUGHT the album so don’t try me either, learn your genres

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  7. Brionna

    BEYONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Jorge

    Kanye should have won all that hip hop awards smh -__-
    Better artist and album, pink Friday was half ass and Carter overall is ass!

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    FTRAD Reply:

    @Jorge,
    We all know this….
    But let them tell it….
    SMFH…
    Let’s hope the Grammy’s keep it jiggy…

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    uhuh Reply:

    @FTRAD, nah i’ve lost all hope. them white voters always get it wrong. i had a vision for kanye’s MBDTF winning grammy album of the year. but after seeing this nah its over.

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    Jaymall Reply:

    @uhuh, cosign… this shit disgusts me!

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    youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @Jorge, people actually voted for Nicki Minaj!!! white, black, mexican .. everyone loves her so for y’all to sit here and say that votes was pretty much rigged is pretty bogus. Nicki is winning right now and that’s why all y’all are mad!!!

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    RDK Reply:

    @youMADstayMAD,Co-Sign.

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    Jorge Reply:

    @youMADstayMAD, I’m just stating facts I know a lot of people voted for her cause she did it big this year a d last year. Congrats to her and I hope she keeps evolving into a great artist but people got this wrong cause Kanye had the biggest year and WTT was way better than pink Friday and Carter 4 and I can’t belive people can’t realize that. I’m no hater, I just want the right people to win. Also Nicki & Wayne only had a few songs that were hip hop the rest were pop.

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    Keisha Reply:

    @Jorge, Nicki fans have no brain.There barbies for real.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Keisha,so we voted for our fav artist and she won and you are knocking us,if you felt that jay and kayne was sp great why didn’t you voted for them are round up people to vote for them,do the ground work so your artist could win,i like kayne and jay but Nicki is 1# in my book so i went harder for her,so because we put in work to help nicki to win you are fu-cking knocking us..get da fu-ck out of here if you want you fav to win go hard for them when it,s in the fans hands,we look how much awards Gaga Riri katy Adele won over nicki in other awards were the fans voted,we got out voted but we still press along and came through on this award..so fu-ck you if you don’t put in work how da hell you expect to reap.

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    SteveK Reply:

    @Jorge, Kanye should have definitely won ecery hiphop category. Its a shame people that vote have no brains. Nicki’s fans are just plain stupid.

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    RDK Reply:

    @SteveK,you think if there is an award show were kayne was nominated for and nicki,kayne fans would go out of there way to vote for nicki because kayne west already won the same award back in the day multiple times,no they wouldn’t they would vote for kayne for him to win again..we have to go hard for nicki,everyone is going for there favs…and you are calling us stupid for going for our fav nicki minaj..get da fu ck out of here,i am shore that if you are a kayne west fan you voted for him to win…and for your info i like kayne i have is album too,but nicki is my #1…we do we you do.it,s hard for a female rapper you think it,s is for us/and nicki we have to put in mad work, you just fall da fu-ck back because you are talking mad sh-it.

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  9. Namson

    I L♥√ع u Nicki just keep doing ur thing and we will keep buying ur songs. Much luv

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    @bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @Namson, @…,
    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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  10. white hos love BBC

    wayne aint win shit but he supposedly sold a million the first week lol. its jst a matter of time before it pop up that baby bought 750k of those shits lmao

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  11. Pusha T

    Chris brown didn’t get any thing , that is so lame

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  12. TheCreat1veOne

    I definitely agree with @What the…?. As much as I do love Rihanna, LOUD is definitely far from a soulful R&B album. That album is pure pop in my opinion. The other categories and winners seem pretty legit though. All the winners seem to pretty deserving of each award, so all I can say in congrats! :)

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  13. SaJO

    Congratulations To NICKI she did her THANG. From rapping on a staircase… Then rapping with Usher, Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z… To VMA’s & AMA’s… and up next … SUPERBOWL WITH MADONNA! she killin it.

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    RDK Reply:

    @SaJO,Co-sign hard work and dedication+ our mad support…keep doing you nicki minaj.

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  14. 106

    Congrats to Nicki. Let’s be serious best hip hop album? Over Jay & Kanye? White people know nothing about our music.

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  15. Tiger's Ex Wife

    How on earth is LOUD an R&B/Soulful album?

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    Jaymalls Reply:

    @Tiger’s Ex Wife, Thats wat im sayin… Just like how is Pink Friday a Hip-Hop album… the best for that matter???

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    AAA Reply:

    @Jaymalls, your so stupid, it dosent matter, it only matters to the white ppl, lol why do you think Nicki picked a song like superbass to be released,…if you would think about it, Nicki is real smart…she knows what she is doing

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    Kira Reply:

    @AAA, Nicki aint smart,her fans are just dumb.

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    @bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @Kira, @…,
    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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  16. :o

    So Beyonce won Favourite Album or rihanna?

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    ThankMeLater Reply:

    @:o, rihanna did -___- which makes no sense at all

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  17. common!

    loud qualifies as both pop and rnb album, hence it was nominated for both i swear some people r stupid, is whats my name pop, is skin pop?, is raining man pop?, is fading pop? Is man down pop? Yall need to get your knowledge up cause your reaviling your stupitidy.

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    MATT DOFAT Reply:

    @common!, LOL I JUST TRIED TO EXPLAIN THAT BUT ALL THESE BEYONCE STANS ARE SO QUICK TO JUMP DOWN RIHANNA’S THROAT NOT REALIZING THAT THE ALBUM IS A BLEND OF BOTH THATS WHY IT WAS NOMINATED IN EACH CATEGORY

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  18. nicki THE BEST

    a nicki u should had won best new artist last year but this year u got 2 im so f##kin proud of you a nick no female rapper did it like this open the show and won big the same night a nicki i don’t care what they try to tell me u are the best hands down!

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    RDK Reply:

    @nicki THE BEST,was nicki album out at the time if it wasn’t…my be it,s because of that that she didn’t win last year..so she got the one she suposed to got last year+the one she won this year lol,anyways keep doing you nicki am so am so proud of you.

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  19. kaydeefab

    i love riri but beyonce shoulda won best rnb /soul album her album has minor influences of rnb and rarely soul , 4 that matter! im glad they didnt snub queen b though …all the other winners were deserving and im so glad bieber didnt win shit!!

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  20. Theman

    Beyonce should have gotten Soul/R&b female & Adele sshould have gotten artist of the yr. But the Ama’s are about whose your favorite artist in that category. To me artist of the yr. should be voted on by a panel.

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  21. Ene jennifer okwori

    Am just happy for the rappers,rnb singers,pop stars and soul music is not easy to write a song ,to perform in crowd and at the end get an award for it.They all did a great job and i pray those that dnt have an award today will surly have an award tomorrow jst keep doing the great work.

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  22. Layla

    Pink Friday,favorite rap album?We are truly living in the end of days.Everybody pray.

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  23. Hugh

    Congrats nicki!

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  24. Diana

    What rapper lip-syncs?Worst performance ever.Nicki is so overrated.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Diana,i wonder what performance you was watching you fu cking hateful retard..get da fu ck out of here.

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  25. Fa

    Can we talk about real rap skills and personality?
    Dominique Young Unique – “Hype Girl” Official Video

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  26. SteveK

    These awards are pathetic. Usher wins Best RnB male? For what? What did he release this year that was RnB?

    Are these people serious? SMH

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    markie mark Reply:

    @SteveK, USHER>>>>>>GREATER THAN ANYOTHER IN THE CATEGORY

    YOU CAN’T THINK A LEGEND WILL LOSE TO A LIL DANCING BOI AND A PORNSTAR

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  27. DyDy

    Don’t Forget : American Music Awards is based on popularity

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  28. A Realist

    LOL Remember when Nicki used to say “There’s power in your p*ssy?” I thought she was going to say that.

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    @bigbootyjudy Reply:

    @A Realist,
    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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  29. @InfamousSirius

    Pink Friday shouldnt have won best hip hop album when that wholeeeee album was pop! This award show was ridiculous, an utter disgrace!

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  30. @bigbootyjudy

    Rap Up so crazy lmfao thats not Nicki thats Lil Kim up there duuuuuuuuuuh ! U guys should feel stoopid *giggles*

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  31. markie mark

    all these lil kids bitching about what won and didn’t won…i agree Watch the throne was MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCH better than pink friday but im not gonna cry about it…give credit where it is due and shut the f*ck up

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  32. TRA

    Mark my words, Kanye West is going to win Best Rap Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards for either My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, or Watch The Throne. Kanye West also has a good shot at winning Best Album of the Year next year as well. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was the best album of 2010, and is the most universal acclaimed, well-received, best album over the last two years. Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne was one of the best albums of 2011. Both MBDTF and Watch The Throne got far better reviews than Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday. I give Nicki Minaj credit for selling over a million copies, but her album got terrible, horrible reviews from unbiased music critics left and right. The American Music Awards is all about record sales, and which mainstream artists are the most popular on TV and radio. The winners at the American Music Awards are voted by biased mainstream pop fans, biased mainstream hip hop fans, and biased mainstream media. Any real music critic and any real music fan who knows real good music knows that Kanye West’s music over the last 2 years was far better than every music artist in the music industry. If the Grammy Awards follow the same path as the American Music Awards, then it will prove all the award shows are a huge joke, but I doubt the Grammy Awards will screw up once we see the Grammy winners early next year.

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    JamesDean Reply:

    @TRA, I hope you are right dude. I hope Kanye wins BIG. He’s made 2 solid albums in a year. It will be SHOCKING if he doesn’t win BIG.

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    TRA Reply:

    @JamesDean, don’t worry, I don’t think the Grammys will sellout to please the public like The American Music Awards has done. The AMAs are a huge joke, and slap in the face to real artists who actually got talent. I like some of Rihanna’s music, but Rihanna winning Soul/Rhythm Album is a joke considering her music is pop. Beyonce and Chris Brown were far more deserving of a win for Soul/Rhythm album than Rihanna was. Usher winning R&B Male over Chris Brown is a joke, considering Usher hasn’t been relevant in 2011, and Usher has not come out with any albums this year. Taylor Swift winning Artist of The Year over Adele is a joke, considering Adele is the better artist, the better singer, has had more critical acclaim, critical success, and commercial success and far better songs this year. We all know Kanye West got robbed at the AMAs, but Kanye West is going to win Grammys next year for either MBDTF or Watch The Throne. You know the American Music Awards is garbage when people say Jennifer Lopez was one of the best highlights of the show. Most of the artists who performed at the AMAs are flat out garbage and have no real talent. Lady GaGa has more talent than half of the artists who performed at the AMAs and I’m not even a hardcore, biased Lady GaGa fan. The AMAs will always be a show for sellouts to perform on, and the AMAs will always be the show to reward garbage ass music.

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    99 Reply:

    @TRA, nicki pink Friday didnt get terrible reviews it got like 3.5/5 and like 7/10 it got better reviews than cole debut like I’m just saying the reviews wasn’t terrible but I want nicki to win best new artist at the grammys and its not nicki fault she has deticated fans who vote when you demograohic is teenage girls ue going to win fan voted awards

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  33. francye

    I think Nick should not have won it because the album is all pop. it does pop rap on beat.

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  34. Natasha

    Goooo Riri, so happy for her.

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  35. Yeezy & Hov

    SO RIDICULOUS,shame to AMA’s !!!

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    >Turn me on. Reply:

    @Yeezy & Hov,shame on you for being such raging hater.

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  36. SHAWTY

    hahaha THATS RIGHT NICKI!! U BEAT THE MALE RAP COMPETITION TOO…U SEE THIS KIM?? NICKI IS #WINNING TAKES NOTES FROM NICKI ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY CHART IN THE 21st CENTURY!

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  37. aoa

    wow get it nick

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  38. Valerie

    GET EM! SHOUT OUT TO ALL MY SISTERS WHO WON SOMETHING LAST NIGHT (BEY, RIHANNA, NICKI)! f*ck the haters yall can keep supporting and do what you do best! if you cant come with positive sh*t for women in this industry then take your exit! WE DO THIS!

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  40. Charlotte

    Congrats to Adele!! 21 was by far my favorite album of the year, and I can’t wait to hear the songs on Live At The Royal Albert Hall when it comes out 11/29. It looks like its going to be really good..

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  41. OnikaCarter

    Nicki deserved those, she worked her butt of for em

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  43. >Turn me on.

    keep doing you nicki.

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    Drew Reply:

    @>Turn me on., or what shes been told to do

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