LOSER: A Trio of Pop Divas
The 2013 AMAs turned out to be a poor showcase for the women who usually own the night: pop divas. Katy Perry's opening performance of "Unconditionally" leaned heavily on Asian tropes and never turned the corner into originality. Christina Aguilera's piano ballad "Say Something" (with Great Big World) was solid but failed to make a splash. And Ke$ha was thoroughly upstaged by her duet partner Pitbull (and a crew of dancers wearing dubious outfits) on their country-dance collaboration "Timber."