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©AP/ David Hasselhoff dances at the AMAs.
© AP/ David Hasselhoff dances at the AMAs.
Critics slam 'bizarre' American Music Awards show


The 2011 American Music Awards went down last night in Los Angeles, and now we've posted all the performances, singled out the highlights and zeroed in on some of the quirky outfits from the red carpet.

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But what exactly did people think of the show itself? The critics' reactions aren't pretty, that's for sure. Read what the Internet at large had to say below, and see if you agree with how much the event got slammed.

The Washington Post quipped, "The American Music Awards lack the gravitas of the Grammys and the edgy absurdity of the MTV Video Music Awards. They're your middle of the road, not terribly important, let's-chuck-this-on-TV-right-before-Thanksgiving awards show. But this year's ceremony, broadcast from L.A. on Sunday night, managed to deliver a handful of bizarre sights, enough to keep us almost mildly interested while we flipped back and forth between the AMAs and the Walking Dead. Almost."

Newsday was equally unimpressed: "Let's be real -- the American Music Awards is generally a mess. A three-hour hodgepodge meant for only the biggest music lovers (OK, that might not be true), the AMAs last night was fully skippable, though there were some interesting performances."

Photo Gallery: Behind the scenes at the American Music Awards

The New York Post noted that it was "a show that devoted more time to musical performances than handing out awards."

The Daily Mail was mesmerized by the Hoff: " wasn't talent or controversy that stole the show, it was a bizarre performance from David Hasselhoff which saw him strip down to his boxers to close the show."

The Root was mesmerized by nothing: "Occupying the yawn-inducing space between impressive and disastrous, the production, airing live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, was enough to cure any music fan's insomnia."

HitFix pointed out the following: "Most critics like to rag on the AMAs for good reason since so many performances feel prefabricated. To put it another way, if you created a drinking game where you had to take a shot every time you noticed a singer lip-syncing during the evening, you'd be three sheets to the wind 30 minutes in."

The Prophet Blog thought there was at least one redeeming moment: "Jennifer Lopez proved at tonight's American Music Awards that she can still slay the stage better than anyone in the game with a six-minute performance that involved stripping, spinning, faux tears, and the most outrageous piece of product placement ever to grace the pop music landscape."

Chart Rigger's two cents: "The 2011 American Music Awards wasn't the worst thing I've ever sat through. But then again, I downed two glasses of booze beforehand, so you could have flipped on the Soap Opera Network and I probably would have been happy."

Vulture summed the whole show up with this gem: "...given the arbitrariness of the AMAs (nominees are determined by some convoluted radio rubric? Winners are determined by online vote? Katherine Heigl's sad husband had to explain at one point, and even he didn't care), most of last night's focus was on the performances, and man, were they ridiculous."

Also on Idolator:
American Music Award Winners
Performances at the American Music Awards
Memorable Moments from the AMAs

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Dec 1, 2011 11:29AM
I will never watch that program again. They shouldn't garbage like that on TV for kids to watch.
Dec 1, 2011 1:49AM
JLO..covered up talent.  Just sing instead of trying to act like a teen.  She has talent but looked like a fool.  It is sad to see such talent overshawdoed by trying to be a dancer.  Sad!
Dec 1, 2011 1:45AM

Absolute trash!  Never watching again.  Little talent just a lot of screaming, jumping around like fools, chanting, etc.  It seems no one can perform without a lot of fan fare.  Guess it is the fact that most cannot sing well.  But I have a choice and it is not to watch ever again. It is one continuous freak show from grabbing your crouch to barely covering your boobs..Trash city


Nov 30, 2011 9:08AM
Nov 30, 2011 8:23AM
justin b and gaga should have a kid but whos mommy and whos daddy???????????????
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