American Music Awards 2009 recap: Adam Lambert shocks, J-Lo falls, Lady Gaga impresses

If you missed Sunday's 2009 American Music Awards, these five moments will bring you up to speed on the night's highlights.

Adam Lambert shocks fans."American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert gave the final performance of the night, and earned a prominent place in Monday morning water-cooler conversation everywhere. Blame it on his sex-infused rendition of "For Your Entertainment," which included leashes, crotch nestling, humping and an on-stage makeouot session. Some call it artistry, others say Lambert let an obsession with shock value supersede real talent.

Jennifer Lopez falls on stage.After tons of advance hype, J-Lo's performance of "Louboutins" fell flat -- and so did the singer. She took a tumble mid-song. In her defense, the song wasn't completely awful, but its advance hype gave viewers high expectations. Most of us were a little underwhelmed.

Lady Gaga delivers.The singer offered another awesomely divisive performance, singing "Bad Romance" and "Speechless." For the second song, she sat at a fiery piano after breaking a giant mirror. In true Gaga fashion, a mask was involved. Pants weren't.

Whitney Houston comes back.Chances are, most at-home viewers mumbled an astounded "she actually looks and sounds good" during Whitney Houston's performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." Houston, who won an international artist of the year award, looked happy and healthy for the first time in a long time.

Taylor Swift dominates.Oh yeah, they gave out awards Sunday night, too. Taylor Swift won artist of the year, beating Michael Jackson for the title. Swift won in five of the six categories in which she was nominated at this year's AMAs. Jackson posthumously won four AMAs this year. He now has a total of 23 AMAs, a record.

Read a full recap of the AMAs on our live blog of the show, which you can access by clicking on the link at the side of this page.

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