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American Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Rihanna and more (PHOTOS)

Taylor Swift at the 2010 American Music Awards.
Taylor Swift at the 2010 American Music Awards.
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The 2010 AMA Awards kicked off Sunday night with a medley by Rihanna. Usher won the first award of the night for Best Soul/R&B Artist. He is also nominated for two more awards. Taylor Swift debuted a new haircut while winning Best Female Country Artist, beating Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

The Black Eyed Peas won Best Pop Group and Shakira won Best Latin Artist. Miley Cyrus performed "Forgiveness and Love" early on in the show. She walked the red carpet in a short white dress with a long train behind her. Justin Bieber, who is nominated for several awards, will perform his new single, "Pray," with some surprise guests.

New Kids on the Block is scheduled to perform with The Backstreet Boys for the first time. Also slated to perform Swift, Katy Perry, Pink and Bon Jovi.

The American Music Awards are airing live on Little Rock's KATV Ch. 7.