Live from the 2012 American Music Awards

Stars from around the nation flocked to Los Angeles for the 40th Annual American Music Awards Sunday night. Nicki Minaj, Usher, Swizz Beatz and more scorched the red carpet and rocked the house with their performances. Check out who else attended the glitzy event.

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Kelly Rowland attends the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Kerry Washington attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live In Los Angeles. 

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Nicki Minaj attends the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Brandy arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. 

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Jordin Sparks attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Usher performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Ludacris, Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz attend the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Toccara Jones attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Rocsi Diaz attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo attend the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Drake poses in the audience at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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will.i.am attends the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

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50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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MC Hammer and PSY perform onstage during the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.