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12 iconic moments from the American Music Awards' 40-year history
The annual pop spectacle has celebrated enduring artists like Johnny Cash as well as smirk-inducing flashes-in-the-pan like Vanilla Ice
The American Music Awards turns 40: 12 iconic moments Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
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he American Music Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday with a rather colorful telecast that brought together the country's most popular musicians, singers, and songwriters. In one of the night's biggest (and most awkward) moments, Jenny McCarthy accosted winner Justin Bieber with kisses. Here, a look back at 11 more iconic snapshots from the AMA archives:

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