12 Most AMA-zing Things That Happened At The 2013 American Music Awards (PHOTOS)

Miley Cyrus performs at the AMAs.

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Happy 2013 American Music Awards! Ohhhh man, what a night it’s been. Over the last three hours, we’ve seen SO many good things. (We also may or may not have a headache from shoving our faces too close to the TV, but that’s neither here nor there.)

All busted eyesight aside, the only thing that matters tonight is Lady Gaga riding into the AMAs on a friggin’ white horse (best entrance ever??), Katy Perry opening the show with a “Memoirs Of A Geisha”-esque “Unconditionally” performance, Justin Timberlake tearing the stage apart with a jazz ‘n’ blues rendition of “I Can’t Drink You Away,” Lady Gaga making babies on a desk performing “Do What U Want” with R. Kelly, and Miley Cyrus making us cry all the cat tears (KITTEHHHS) with her “Wrecking Ball” performance. Like we said, no more eyeballs. More like cryballs.

Anyway, now that we’ve had a chance to process the AMAs, let’s relive the night! Here are 12 AMA-zing things that happened at the 2013 American Music Awards.

1.) When Katy Perry dressed up like a glamorous geisha for “Unconditionally.” 

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2.) When One Direction made us feel all the #feels and cry all the #crys during “Story Of My Life.” 

One Direction performing "story of my life" at the AMAs.

3.) When Ariana Grande turned the AMAs into a Motown/soul paradise.

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4.) When Ke$ha and Pitbull turned the AMAs into a hoedown during “Timber.” And yes, there was copious fringe and “Cotton-Eyed Joe” two-stepping.

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Check out more AMA-zing moments at the 2013 AMAs after the jump!

5.) When Justin Timberlake sang “a song about alcohol,” aka a jazz ‘n’ blues-infused “I Can’t Drink You Away.”

Justin Timberlake performing at the 2013 AMAs

6.) When One Direction won their VERY FIRST AMA, and nearly sent the audience into Beatlemania levels of pandemonium.

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Also, this.

One Direction at the AMAs.

7.) When Nelly did a “Ride Wit Me” throwback! HEYYY, MUST BE THE MONAYYYY.

Nelly performs at the 2013 AMAs

8.) When RIHANNA‘S MOM PRESENTED RIHANNA WITH THE AMA ICON AWARD. BRB, sobbing.

RIhanna accepting an Icon award at the AMAs.

9. When A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera did an elegant, minimalist, and truly special rendition of “Say Something.”

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 10.) Everything about Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” performance with R. Kelly. Because GAGA DANCING ON A DESK! CLINTON/LEWINSKY REFERENCES! R. KELLY FOR PRESIDENT!

Lady Gaga and R. Kelly perform at the 2013 AMAs.

11) TLC performing “Waterfalls” with Lil Mama! More throwbacks!

TLC performed at the 2013 AMAs.

12. Miley Cyrus performing “Wrecking Ball” in a cat-printed two-piece (with a crying, lip-syncing cartoon cat overhead). Funny, I always thought she was a dog person.

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+ Check out the complete AMAs winners listperformances, fashion highlights, and more OMG moments from the 2013 American Music Awards.

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