Entertainment Music Check Out Your Favorite Stars in These Throwback Photos of the 2009 American Music Awards Can you believe it's been 10 years? By Andrea Wurzburger Published on November 22, 2019 11:26 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 23 Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Don't tell anyone, but the 2009 American Music Awards were a whole decade ago. 02 of 23 Jason Merritt/Getty In 2009, Fergie had been "Fergalicious" for three years already! 03 of 23 Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic And Demi Lovato was still a Disney kid! Princess Protection Program, which she starred in with Selena Gomez, came out in 2009! 04 of 23 Jeff Kravitz/AMA2009/FilmMagic Gomez was still the star of Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place! 05 of 23 Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic We see you, baby-faced Drake! In 2009, Drake released his mixtape, So Far Gone, but wouldn't get himself an American Music Award until 2010, when he won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. 06 of 23 Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic 2009 was the year that Paula Abdul left American Idol, and then showed up to the American Music Awards carpet looking like a princess. 07 of 23 Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic Our lives would suck without Kelly Clarkson, for sure! She released her fourth studio album in March 2009. 08 of 23 Getty Fresh off of the premiere of the first season of Modern Family, Sofia Vergara showed up to the American Music Awards looking totally glamorous. 09 of 23 Steve Granitz/WireImage Forget "Fancy!" Reba McEntire went casual — save for a rhinestone clutch, of course. 10 of 23 Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Rihanna could stand under our umbrella any day. 11 of 23 Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Toni Braxton brought her son, Denim, as her date for the evening. 12 of 23 Steve Granitz/WireImage And Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kim Zolciak (then not yet Biermann) was there too?! 13 of 23 Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic Though so much has changed, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have not. They're still #CoupleGoals and still hitting up red carpets to support each other. 14 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage Kidman wasn't only there to support her husband: she presented an award with Kate Hudson. 15 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage It's Miss Jackson, if you're nasty! Janet Jackson opened the show with a medley of her songs. 16 of 23 Whitney Houston, 2009. Kevin Mazur/WireImage Whitney Houston won the International Artist of the Year award at the 2009 American Music Awards, and wowed the crowd by singing, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." 17 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage Nelly Furtado and Timbaland performed "Morning After Dark" along with SoShy. 18 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage Her hips don't lie! Shakira took the stage to perform "Give It Up To Me." 19 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage Lady Gaga started off her performance with "Bad Romance" before breaking through glass to get to a piano, setting the stage on fire and performing "Speechless." 20 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage Alicia Keys performed with JAY-Z ... 21 of 23 Lester Cohen/WireImage With then-Yankee baseball player (and not yet future Mr. Jennifer Lopez) introducing their song "Empire State of Mind." 22 of 23 Kevin Mazur/WireImage Carrie Underwood brought down the house with "Cowboy Casanova." 23 of 23 Kevork Djansezian/Getty And Taylor Swift couldn't be there to accept Artist of the Year, but still made her famous shocked face via video.