2013 American Music Awards
by Dan Weiss | November 24, 2013
What a weird year, right? If the AMAs are to be believed, our favorite alternative rockers were folksmen (Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers); the biggest rapper of the year was a moralizing white guy who gives his unknown producer cobilling (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis); and old-fashioned R&B is back in style (Robin Thicke's Marvin-aping "Blurred Lines," Miguel's, well, also Marvin-aping "Adorn"). Meanwhile, the mass hit parades of Taylor Swift and Rihanna have shown no signs of stopping, and neither have such veterans as Alicia Keys ("Girl on Fire"), Lil Wayne ("Love Me") and Miranda Lambert ("All Kinds of Kinds" may be country music's first radio-released single to mention -- and support -- cross-dressing). Justin Timberlake was the year's big sales winner and one of its most polarizing artists for the first time since 'NSYNC -- eight minutes of "Mirrors" ought to help anyone figure out where they stand. Hear this year's nominees right here.