2008 American Music Awards: Just The Good Parts

Good being relative, of course. AMA stands for Auto-Tune Music Award so it wasn’t long before Kanye was onstage. Upon accepting his first ever AMA, for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, Kanye urged his contemporaries to join him in pushing the pop music envelope, a la the Beatles, Hendrix and Zeppelin. “In any other industry, you’re supposed to do better than the past, like computers should get smaller and faster,” he said. “Whenever you say, ‘I wanna be Elvis,’ they say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ Well, I wanna be Elvis.” It was a heartfelt moment, though less entertaining than his tantrum at the ’04 AMAs. Kanye even dedicated his second win (Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male) to Lil’ Wayne: “If it was last year, this would have been my award. This year, it’s Wayne’s award.” That means a lot coming from a guy who won’t listen to rap in his apartment. (He later performed “Heartless” from a laser tag arena.) Meanwhile, three time winner Chris Brown said he would have given his Artist of the Year trophy to Coldplay. Annie Lennox won a special lifetime achievement award, but did not indicate whether someone else deserved it more. Weiland was so visibly intoxicated when introducing Pink’s “Sober,” host Jimmy Kimmel joked that the now sixteen year old Miley Cyrus should give him a ride home. Videos of everything after the jump.

Weiland Tries To Introduce Pink

Kanye West Accepts Hip-Hop Album Of The Year

Coldplay Perform “Lovers In Japan”

Beyoncé Performs “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

Annie Lennox Performs “Why”

Kanye West Performs “Heartless”

Here are the winners from the televised event…
Artist Of The Year: Chris Brown
Pop Female: Rihanna
Pop Male: Chris Brown
Pop Band: Daughtry
Pop Album: Alicia Keys – As I Am
R&B Female: Rihanna
R&B Album: Alicia Keys – As I Am
Country Female: Taylor Swift
Country Male: Brad Paisley
Country Band: Rascal Flatts
Hip Hop Male: Kanye West
Hip Hop Album: Kanye West – Graduation
Breakthrough Artist: Jonas Brothers
Special Merit: Annie Lennox
…other winners here.