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American Music Awards of 2009

The 37th American Music Awards took place on November 22, 2009 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The nominees were announced on October 13, 2009. For the first time in history, there was no host for the year's ceremony. Instead, various celebrities introduced the performers similar to the procedure at the Grammy Awards.[1][2] Taylor Swift won five of six categories she was nominated for. Jay-Z and The Black Eyed Peas both won two awards. Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson accepted his awards on his behalf.

37th Annual American Music Awards
Date November 22, 2009
Location Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles,
Country United States
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC
Runtime 180 min.
Produced by Dick Clark Productions




Nominees and winnersEdit

Winners are noted in bold.


Taylor Swift won five of six categories she was nominated for
The Black Eyed Peas was nominated for three nominations and won two awards
Jay-Z received two nominations and won both awards

Taylor Swift won five awards of six nominations she was nominated for.

Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
International Artist Award


Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist

Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group

Favorite Pop/Rock Album


Favorite Country Male Artist

Favorite Country Female Artist

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group

Favorite Country Album

Rap/Hip HopEdit

Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Male Artist

Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album


Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist

Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group

Favorite Soul/R&B Album


Favorite Soundtrack


Favorite Alternative Artist


Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist


Favorite Latin Artist


Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist


Adam Lambert's performanceEdit

In response to Adam Lambert's performance of his song "For Your Entertainment" at the end of the 2009 American Music Awards broadcast on ABC, the Parents Television Council, a conservative television watchdog group, urged viewers to complain to the FCC if living in an area where the performance was shown before 10 p.m. local time. The PTC complained that the performance contained a simulation of oral sex.[4] Lambert's performance reportedly was broadcast around 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time, "outside the FCC's usual 6am-10pm time frame prohibiting the broadcast of indecent material".[5] ABC also received about 1,500 telephoned complaints.[6]

In a report by Lambert, he had been scheduled to also perform on fellow ABC programs Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010 (the latter also being produced by Dick Clark Productions), but found out that these bookings were cancelled, possibly in response to the incident. Neither ABC or Dick Clark Productions confirmed his reports, or confirmed if he was ever booked at all.[7]

Nominations of Michael JacksonEdit

After his death in June 2009, Michael Jackson was nominated for five posthumous awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album (for Number Ones), Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album (also for Number Ones). This move was subsequently criticized by those who felt that the awards committee was piggybacking on the hype of Jackson's death for ratings and media coverage purposes, and that his nomination was unfair to artists who had brought out newer material to equal success, such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Not helping matters was the fact that Number Ones was a greatest-hits compilation released in 2003 (six years before that year's awards show), and not only had Jackson not released any new material since "One More Chance" (the sole new recording on that album), but he had already won several American Music Awards for the songs featured on Number Ones. LA Times insisted that "if fans thought it was an injustice that Kanye West had the audacity to interrupt Swift accepting a 'Moon Man' at the MTV Video Music Awards, then they should be ready to riot if she's now losing awards to artists who haven't had a new song in nearly a decade."[8] Jackson went on to win four of his five nominations, only losing out on Artist of the Year, which was won by Swift.


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  2. ^ "Performers of 2009 American Music Awards". ABC. Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Whitney Houston to perform at AMAs.". Archived from the original on 15 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ Eggerton, John (23 November 2009). "PTC Upset Over Adam Lambert AMA Performance". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Adam Lambert Could Cost ABC Television Up To $500,000". Rockstar Weekly. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "ABC: Lambert's performance draws 1,500 complaints". Yahoo! Music. Associated Press. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "ABC cancels Adam Lambert's "Kimmel" performance". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Michael Jackson's American Music Awards nominations: Unfair?". LA Times. Retrieved 9 February 2016.