Usher and Black Eyed Peas Kick off American Music Awards
Rihanna got the show at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater off to a blazing start when she opened the show perched high up in a tree to belt out her ballad Love The Way You Lie (Part II).
She then turned the stage into a party and stripped down to a strapless black bra top and matching underpants to sing What's My Name? and Only Girl (in the World) against a fiery backdrop, earning her a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd.
Supermodel Heidi Klum presented Usher with the accolade for Best Soul/R&B Album for Raymond Vs. Raymond, beating Alicia Keys and Sade to the podium, while the Black Eyed Peas triumphed over Lady Antebellum and Train to be named Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group for the second year in a row.
Enrique Iglesias, Miley Cyrus and Diddy-Dirty Money also performed in the first part of the ceremony.