Katy Perry kicks off AMAs
Katy Perry arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Looking like a princess out of a classic anime drawing, Katy Perry offered a visual feast for viewers at the top of Sunday night's American Music Awards.
Perry wore a traditional Japanese dress during her show-starting performance of "Unconditionally" as scores of colorfully costumed dancers waved fans, danced in front of rice-paper screens and played the drums.
Mark Bracco, ABC's VP of alternative series and specials, from left, host Pitbull, and music producer Larry Klein attend the 2013 American Music Awards Red Carpet Rollout and Press Preview Day, Wednesday, Nov., 20, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The awards will be held on Sunday. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Perry was the early focal point of the awards show, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, arriving on the red carpet in a black strapless dress to screams from hundreds of fans. But Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus were still to come.
Host Pitbull joked that AMA stood for "A Miracle, America, that I'm here tonight," before Taylor Swift gave away the first award — to pop/rock favorite male artist to Timberlake.
FILE - This June 1, 2013 file photo shows Jennifer Lopez performing at The Sound of Change Live at Twickenham Stadium in London. Lopez will perform a tribute to the late salsa singer Celia Cruz at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)