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The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?

Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!

The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.

With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.

On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.

check out all the winners and performances after the jump

Reportedly, the idea to record a dance track together came during their joint tour in summer 2012. A year later we have the finished product, albeit a leaked remix by Madd Scientist, but it’s something.

If Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias isn’t enough star wattage for you. Snoop Lion also raps a few random verses. Depending on which source you read, the track is either titled “Ignite” or “Physical.” Check it out below.

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During her four sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Taylor Swift enlisted a few of her famous friends to make appearances. Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara and Cher Lloyd popped up on stage to perform one of their signature hits with the 23-year-old singer.

In a new behind-the-scenes look at her Red concert tour, her duet partners share their thoughts about their experience performing with the “Trouble” singer. Watch the seven-minute long clip below to hear what they say, along with the actual performances.

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The auditions for American Idol Season 13 begin today in Boston. It’s only fitting FOX officially unveil its latest judging panel line-up. Question is… can they save the show?

Initially, music producer Dr. Luke was to fill the third slot, but due to a professional conflict of interest, he had to step down. This sent the show’s producers into a panic trying to find a last-minute replacement. Enter Harry Connick, Jr. Personally, I’m not sure why it took this long to bring him on board. He’s always been a great mentor and never been afraid to mince words with the other judges, but not in a Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj uncomfortable way.

Connick Jr. joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the panel. Lopez makes a return after a season break, while Urban is the only returning member from last year’s lineup. Randy Jackson also returns, but in a mentor role. He takes over for a departing Jimmy Iovine. Just when I thought I was finally rid of Jackson, he returns. I just hope Idol doesn’t dedicate too much time for his input. I’m so over him. Check out what everyone, including Ryan Seacrest have to say about the upcoming season below.

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So much for those rumors about an American Idol alum judging panel. BOOOOO. I was really hoping that would come to fruition. It’s exactly what the show needed (IMHO) to usher in a new era without Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick as producers. Instead, they’re going with the familiar.

During FOX’s turn at TCA Press Tour, Kevin Reilly, the chairman of entertainment for FOX, discussed the upcoming season of American Idol. He confirmed Keith Urban signing on for another stint on the judging panel. He also addressed rumors that Jennifer Lopez is THIS close to returning to the show. “Most of what you’re reporting or you read is true. … [Jennifer Lopez] has been a close part of the show all along. There have been discussions there. There is no deal with her or with anybody else.”

Since Simon Cowell’s departure, the veteran reality show became all about the celebrity judges. Reilly is hoping to change that.

“We want some judges in that are good at the job, that people like, that refocus the attention on the contestants. … It really became too much about the judges. The show’s always been about the contestants. … Let’s really focus on some great stories with the kids,” says Reilly.

Personally, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. Do you? Excited that Urban is back for Season 13 and potentially J. Lo? Sound off below.

Well hello there Miss Jennifer “Elizabeth Taylor” Lopez. The “Live It Up” singer serves some major Liz realness circa Cat On A Hot Tin Roof era for Mario Sorrenti. The famed photographer snapped Lopez for the latest issue of W magazine. The cover debuted a couple of days ago, but the inside editorial have just surfaced. Wearing vintage fur (PETA would so not approve), J.Lo. heads back to her childhood home in the Bronx in glamorous style. Wouldn’t expect anything less from the pop diva.

Inside the accompanying interview, Jennifer reveals she was homeless before getting her big break. She also talks about her relationship with her mom, her own parenting skills and her feelings about returning to the Bronx for the shoot and interview.

On Returning Back To Her Bronx Home For The Interview

“The last time I was in there was when my mom and dad called us home to tell us they were separating after 33 years of marriage. I think that’s why I was nervous about coming here today. It’s like seeing someone from the past—you’re afraid to run into them because you never know if it’s going to be ‘wow’ or very difficult. This is a combination of both.”

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UGH, I really hate Jennifer Lopez. I wasn’t feeling “On The Floor” part three, but the “Live It Up” music video made me change my tune. Both the song and the visual aren’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s just so damn fun, I wish I was there in Fort Lauderdale during filming. I realize there are plenty of Pitbull haters here on the site, but don’t you think he’d be a lot of fun to hang with. I do.

Directed by Jessy Terrero, the clip showcases Lopez strutting her stuff in feather couture on the catwalk. ANTM fans might recognize Cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford among the models in the show. It then segues to a beach party with free-flowing sponsored vodka. What would liquor companies do without product placement? Naturally, they hit the club afterwards. Once again, La Lopez enlists her boy toy Casper Smart to choreograph the routines. At least this time, we’re not forced to watch them have foreplay on screen. PHEW.

Side note: I wonder what Jenny’s secret is to eternal youth. Papa wants some. She looks exactly the same as she did during her “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” era and that was before she had kids and over ten years ago. Check out the brand new clip below.

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Summer is around the corner. You know what that means. Another derivative dance-pop collaboration between Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull again. Have they never heard of the expression, “quit while you’re ahead?” Hopefully this third go-round completes the hat trick the two are looking for. J. Lo, it’s time to look beyond Miami’s favorite son. Even he’s moved on and latched onto Christina Aguilera for the surprisingly catchy “Feel This Moment.”

On The Floor” was epic, which is why it hit No. 1 in several countries. The follow-up, “Dance Again” was a poor man’s version of that but mildly grew on me. It was a moderate hit but nowhere near its predecessor. Now we have “Live It Up,” a paint-by-numbers creation from RedOne clearly intended for club play during the summer months. It’s not God awful, but nowhere as catchy as her previous club bangers. Plus anything that includes YOLO in the lyrics is already in the doghouse if you ask me. That has to be one of the most annoying acronyms in modern-day speak. Lopez needs to ditch the Miami sound and go back to her Bronx roots. I want me some “Jenny From The Block” realness 2013 edition. Check out the lyric video below.

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