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Gangnam Style meets Hammer Time

posted 19 Nov 2012, 14:20 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 14:21 ]

EVO - The biggest stars in music gathered at the LA Live complex in downtown Los Angeles Sunday (November 18) for the 40th Annual American Music Awards, which touts awe-inspiring performances as one of its biggest draws.

Korean rapper Psy didn't score any nominations, but he was named the AMA new media honoree for his viral hit music video "Gangnam Style", accompanied by his trademark horse-riding dance.

The star closed out the show with his hit song, joined by surprise guest MC Hammer, one of the pioneering rappers from the 1980s, who was known for his catch phrase "Hammer Time".

Other performers included boy band sensation The Wanted, singers Christina Aguilera and Ke$ha, musical virtuoso Stevie Wonder singing a medley tribute to Dick Clark, American Idol alums Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, rapper Pitbull Swizz Beats, Ludacris and Chris Brown.

The American Music Award nominees and winners are voted online by fans and the awards are handed out during a live three-hour broadcast featuring performances by artists.