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American Music Awards of 2009

37th Annual American Music Awards
Country of origin United States
Location(s) Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles,
Running time 180 min.
Production company(s) Dick Clark Productions
Original channel ABC
First shown in November 22, 2009
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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.


Artist(s) Song(s)
Janet Jackson "Control"
"What Have You Done for Me Lately"
"Miss You Much"
"Make Me"
"Together Again"
Daughtry "Life After You"
Shakira "Give It Up to Me"
Keith Urban "Kiss a Girl"
Green Day "21 Guns"
Kelly Clarkson "Already Gone"
Alicia Keys
"Empire State of Mind"
The Black Eyed Peas "Meet Me Halfway"
"Boom Boom Pow"
Rihanna "Mad House"
"Wait Your Turn"
Carrie Underwood "Cowboy Casanova"
Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"
Mary J. Blige "I Am"
Jennifer Lopez "Louboutins"
Whitney Houston "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"
Alicia Keys "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart"
50 Cent
Kon Artis
"Crack a Bottle"
Nelly Furtado
"Morning After Dark"
Adam Lambert "For Your Entertainment"


Nominations and winners

Winners are noted in bold.


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

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
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 Hop

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 controversy

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. 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]


  1. ^ "Nominations of 2009 American Music Awards". ABC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  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. 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. 
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