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American Music Awards 2013’s Biggest Winners and Losers

From Gaga to Taylor, who really came out on top

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The duo's performance of killer Artpop collabo "Do What U Want" on SNL last week was lackluster and messy, and even R. Kelly knew it ("No offense to Saturday Night Live but that was a dress rehearsal for AMAs," he told Rolling Stone on the red carpet). But the pair brought a hilariously over-the-top bit set in the oval office to the AMAs that smacked of Kelly's beloved hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet." Kelly was smooth, Gaga was on point, and though the performance strayed a bit from its original concept toward the end (Gaga plastered the set with self-deprecating headlines), it was one of the night's strongest performances.

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WINNER: J.Lo

Awards show performances haven't gone so well for Jennifer Lopez over the past few years — in fact, the last two times she took the stage at the AMAs, things have gone horribly wrong. But last night J.Lo redeemed herself and then some, turning out a spectacular tribute to Celia Cruz that showcased her stronger-than-expected singing and extra-sharp dancing. The choreography was hot and her heart was in the right place: J.Lo redeemed!

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WINNER: The Cats of the Internet

Miley Cyrus is well aware she is quickly becoming a walking meme, so to close out the AMAs, she performed "Wrecking Ball" in front of a singing, weeping kitten. The Cats of the Internet won again — but do they ever lose?

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