Last night, the American Music Awards took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and on a night filled with memorable performances, a pair of musical throwbacks stole the show.
While the young stars of today like Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj took home the major hardware, the two stars who generated most of the water cooler buzz this morning—Stevie Wonder and MC Hammer—had hit songs that came out before most award recipients were born.
In a moving tribute to the award show’s founder, Dick Clark, Stevie Wonder (an eleven-time AMA winner himself) performed a medley of his hits as video screens ran a slideshow of “America’s Oldest Teenager” with a whole array of famous musicians, actors, and other entertainers.
However, it was MC Hammer’s surprise appearance at the end of the broadcast that has set the internet ablaze. It was no secret that K-pop star PSY was going to sign off the broadcast in (Gangnam) style, but when he walked onstage in a pair of low-hanging harem pants, everyone knew something was up.
Sure enough, mid-song, MC Hammer showed up onstage to take the song in a new and different direction, mashing up his “Too Legit to Quit” with the bouncy Korean dance hit.
These two performances were standouts among a night jam-packed with performers showing off their chops. Over the course of the three hour broadcast, there were performances by Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, No Doubt, Pitbull, Pink, Swizz Beatz, The Wanted, and Usher.
Check out the video of PSY and his special guest below: