Rihanna performs at the 38th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
AP Music Writer
Usher and the Black Eyed Peas captured the first honors at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, with Usher beating out Alicia Keys and Sade for R&B;/Soul album of the year.
“All of my team back in New York City, I’m bringing this home for you,” the leather-clad crooner said as he held his trophy high.
The Black Eyed Peas won best pop/rock band, duo or group. While they didn’t give a noteworthy speech, frontman will.i.am wore a memorable outfit: A hat and a necklace made out of what appeared to be Legos.
The performance-driven show got off to a colorful and sexy start, courtesy of flaming redhead Rihanna, who performed a medley of songs from her latest album, including the No. 1 hit “What’s My Name,” wearing a bustier and what seemed like a scarf wrapped around her backside.
Eminem and Lady Antebellum were both up for a show-topping five awards apiece. Other major nominees included Ke$ha and Katy Perry.
A cold Los Angeles night didn’t stop the stars from showing a little skin as they arrived for the awards at the Nokia Theatre.
Miley Cyrus walked the red carpet wearing a strapless dress with a flowing train. Avril Lavigne rocked in a mini animal-print dress.
John Legend was more covered up than the ladies, but even he remarked on the cold and windy conditions. Still, he said he expected a “pop music explosion” during the show.
Winners of the American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Winners of the 38th annual American Music Awards, presented Sunday:
_ Soul/R&B; Album: Usher, “Raymond v. Raymond.”
_ Soul/R&B; Female Artist: Rihanna.
_ Soul/R&B; Male Artist: Usher.
_ Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, “My World 2.0.”
_ Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: The Black Eyed Peas.
_ Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga.
_ Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber.
_ Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, “Recovery.”
_ Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem.
_ Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum.
_ Country Album: Carrie Underwood, “Play On.”
_ Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift.
_ Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley.
_ Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe.
_ Soundtrack: “Glee: The Music, Volume 3-Showstoppers.”
_ Latin Music Artist: Shakira.
_ Alternative Rock Artist: Muse.
_ Adult Contemporary Artist: Michael Buble.
_ Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber.
_ Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber.