Nicki Minaj catching up with Bruno Mars and soul legend Chaka Khan. Katy Perry blowing bubblegum with her fellow pink-haired diva. Selena Gomez cuddling up to Justin Bieber and John Legend getting cozy with girlfriend Christine Teigen. 50 Cent posing backstage before making a quit exit after introducing Chris Brown. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy beaming while hugging his son RedFoo of LMFAO. These were just some of the candid moments that you didn’t see on television at the 2011 American Music Awards.
Check out the gallery of 24 backstage and audience photos, with appearances from Jennifer Lopez, Robin Thicke, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, and more.