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A Musical Blast From the Past: Look Back at the AMAs!

Nov 21 2013 - 2:55am

The 2013 American Music Awards [1] are on Sunday! As we gear up for another year of stellar performances, memorable moments, and red carpet fashion, we're building the anticipation by taking a look back at the best moments from shows past.

Check out the most memorable photos of our favorite stars, and come back this weekend for highlights of this year's show. All the American Music Awards excitement starts at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC.

Britney Spears [2] and then-beau Justin Timberlake [3] posed in matching denim ensembles in 2001.

A curly-haired Mariah Carey [4] posed in the press room with her awards in 1993.

Usher [5] performed shirtless [6] in 2002.

Beyoncé performed a blazing rendition of "Single Ladies" in 2008.

Taylor Swift [7] posed in a short, gold Zuhair Murad ensemble on the red carpet in 2012.

Prince performed in 1983.

Bow-tie-clad Diana Ross and Michael Jackson [8] were snapped backstage in 1981.

Jessica Simpson [9] and Nick Lachey [10] posed together in 2001.

Isn't this how most of us remember Madonna [11]? The Material Girl sat for an AMAs press conference in 1985.

Miley Cyrus [12] wore a light-pink dress and gold body glitter in 2010.

The ladies of Destiny's Child posed with their award backstage together in 2001.

Jay Z and Alicia Keys [13] performed their hit "Empire State of Mind" in 2009.

Taylor Swift [14] rocked stick-straight strands and bangs while accepting her AMA in 2010.

Jessica Alba [15] looked sleek and sophisticated at the 2010 show.

Kelly Osbourne not only hosted the 2003 show, but performed as well.

Kate Hudson [16] posed backstage in a sexy metallic dress in 2009.

Kanye West [17] posed on the red carpet in 2008.

Mariah Carey [18] performed "Through the Rain" in 2003.

Miley Cyrus [19] wore studded leather on stage in 2008.

Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber didn't hold back on flirtatious dance moves during their performance of Beauty and a Beat in 2012.

Cher was snapped backstage in ripped jeans and a white leather jacket at the 1988 show.

An innocent-looking Britney Spears [20] posed on the red carpet in 1999.

Celine Dion performed in a little white dress in 2007.

The boys of New Kids on the Block won an award in 1990.

Justin Bieber performed with a gospel choir in 2010.

Gwen Stefani [21] heated up the stage when No Doubt performed in 2012.

Rachel Zoe [22] wore a floor-length belted gown to the 2008 show.

Selena Gomez [23] and Shakira [24] posed together on the red carpet in 2009.

Janet Jackson [25] performed at the 2009 show.

Drake looked dapper in a black-on-black ensemble in 2009.

Jennifer Lopez [26] channeled a boxing champion for her 2009 performance.

The girls of TLC posed on the red carpet in 1994.

Lady Gaga [27] performed with a fiery piano during the 2009 show.

Rihanna [28] was sexy on stage in 2010.

A short-haired Faith Hill [29] smiled for the cameras in 2001.

Leona Lewis and Pink hit the red carpet together in 2008.

Heidi Klum [30] and Fergie [31] got close on the red carpet in 2010.

Lenny Kravitz [32] sported an Afro while performing in 2002.

Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Milian, Katy Perry [33], and Julianne Hough all donned gorgeous gowns on the red carpet in 2010.

Katy Perry [34] performed her hit song "Firework" in 2010.

Mandy Moore [35] wore a short, sequined dress to the 2010 show.

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias hit the stage together in 2010.

Nicole Kidman [36] clapped for Keith Urban [37] as he accepted an award in 2009.

The Black Eyed Peas were cool and colorful during their 2010 performance.

Common and Mya presented an award together in 2003.

Elton John and Tim McGraw [38] performed at the 2003 show.

Mark Wahlberg [39] posed backstage in 1992.

Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston shared a laugh backstage in 1986.

Will Smith [40] won two awards in 1999.

Adam Levine and Maroon 5 hit the stage in 2007.

Coldplay rocked the stage in 2008.

Christina Aguilera [41] performed in 2010.

Mary J. Blige and Carrie Underwood [42] sat pretty together in 2009.

Katherine Heigl [43] and Josh Kelley gave each other a sweet glance on the red carpet in 2011.

Lady Antebellum posed with their prize in 2011.

Katy Perry [44] rocked pink hair in 2011.

Justin Bieber gave then-girlfriend Selena Gomez [45] a kiss on the cheek in 2011.

Jennifer Lopez [46] hit the stage in 2011.

Taylor Swift [47] accepted an AMA in 2011.

Heidi Klum [48] presented Katy Perry [49] with an AMA in 2011.

Justin Bieber sported neon, printed pants back in 2011.

Nicki Minaj rocked a metallic wardrobe for a 2011 performance.

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