American Music Awards of 2011

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39th Annual American Music Awards
Date November 20, 2011
Location Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Los Angeles
Country United States
Most awards Adele and Taylor Swift (3 each)
Website ABC-American Music Awards
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC
Runtime 180 minutes
Produced by Dick Clark Productions

The 39th Annual American Music Awards was held on November 20, 2011 (8:00/7:00 EST/CST), at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles[1] (see 2011 in music). The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 2011. Nominees were announced on October 11, 2011, the awards ceremony was host-free.[2] It was broadcast on ABC.[3] Taylor Swift and Adele were the big winners of the night picking up three awards in total.[4][5][6]


Nominees were announced on October 11, 2011. Winners are in bold.

Artist of the Year Sprint New Artist of the Year

Blue ribbon Taylor Swift

Blue ribbon Hot Chelle Rae

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist

Blue ribbon Bruno Mars

Blue ribbon Adele

Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Favorite Pop/Rock Album

Blue ribbon Maroon 5

Blue ribbon 21Adele

Favorite Country Male Artist Favorite Country Female Artist

Blue ribbon Blake Shelton

Blue ribbon Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Favorite Country Album

Blue ribbon Lady Antebellum

Blue ribbon Speak NowTaylor Swift

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album

Blue ribbon Nicki Minaj

Blue ribbon Pink FridayNicki Minaj

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist

Blue ribbon Usher

Blue ribbon Beyoncé

Favorite Soul/R&B Album Favorite Alternative Artist

Blue ribbon LoudRihanna

Blue ribbon Foo Fighters

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Favorite Latin Artist

Blue ribbon Adele

Blue ribbon Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist Special Award

Blue ribbon Casting Crowns

Blue ribbon Katy Perry – Special Achievement Award

  • (First female on pop music to have five #1

singles from one album)


The following presented awards or performances: (in order of appearance)



Artist(s) Song(s)
Hot Chelle Rae "I Like It Like That"
"Tonight Tonight"

Main show

Artist(s) Song(s)
David Guetta with Nicki Minaj "Sweat"
"Turn Me On"
"Super Bass"
Justin Bieber "Mistletoe"
The Band Perry "If I Die Young"
Chris Brown "All Back"
"Say It With Me"
Kelly Clarkson "Mr. Know It All"
Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris "I Like How It Feels"
"Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)"
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull "Until It Beats No More" (Intro)
"On the Floor"
OneRepublic "Good Life"
Pitbull feat. Marc Anthony
Lil Jon
"I Know You Want Me"
"Give Me Everything"
"Rain Over Me"
Katy Perry "The One That Got Away" (acoustic version)
Mary J. Blige "Mr. Wrong"
Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger"
Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine "Stereo Hearts"
Drake "Headlines"
Daughtry "Crawling Back To You" feat. Jennifer Lopez "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
surprise guests: Justin Bieber, David Hasselhoff, Keenan Cahill,
"Party Rock Anthem"
"Sexy and I Know It"
"Sorry for Party Rocking"

Source: performers


  1. ^ "NOKIA Theatre L.A. this event is LIVE :: American Music Awards". Archived from the original on September 21, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chris Brown, LMFAO Join American Music Awards Lineup". Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lady Gaga, Adele Lead American Music Awards Noms". Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "AMAs 2011: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Win Big on Ladies' Night". November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Shining stars Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson step out in glimmering metallic gowns at AMA's". Daily Mail. November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Swift wins 3 trophies at AMAs". Houston Chronicle. November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.