American Music Awards 2014's 20 Best and Worst Moments

The verdict on Taylor Swift, One Direction, 5SOS and everything from Pitbull's "Fireball" to Waka Flocka Flame

Best: Iggy Azalea Does Her Own '1989'
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Best: Iggy Azalea Does Her Own '1989'

Although there's no rapping in "Fancy" or "Beg for It" that really deserves to win an award for anything, Iggy Azalea embraced her big night not as a MC, but as a pop star. Her solo performance of those two songs was more dancing than singing, evoking turn of the Nineties music videos like Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted" or Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" — two artists she has more in common with than, say, MC Lyte or Queen Latifah. Plus: Azalea's cartoon banners stealthily got the phrase "Pussy Power" on national TV. Even if we had criticisms of the performance, her crew of Forties-era dancing paparazzi made it seem like it wouldn't bother her anyway.

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