Billboard: Top 10 AMA performances

Top 10 American Music Awards Moments: Past AMAs' Video Highlights

Along with planned performances from Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and many more and Rihanna set to receive the 'AMA Icon award', the 2013 American Music Awards this Sunday (Nov. 24) are shaping up be truly special. But the annual pop spectacle, now in its 41st year, has produced dozens of memorable performances over the decades, from the quiet grace of Madonna's duet with Babyface in 1995 to the controversial sexuality of Adam Lambert in 2009 to the historic collaboration of "We Are The World" in 1986.

Beyonce - 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)' (2008)

Flanked by a pair of dancers just like in her "Single Ladies" music video, Beyonce shimmied and glimmered through the "Sasha Fierce" classic during the 2008 show. Moving her stunning body in a simple black-and-white outfit, Queen Bey effortlessly commanded the stage with some well-timed audience engagement and without any big-budget histrionics. Simply stated, it was a classic Beyonce performance in a long line of them, and had us pointing to our ring fingers by song's end.

Pink - "Try" (2012)

Re-creating the "Try" music video onstage was no easy task for P!nk, but she sure made it look easy. Simultaneously singing the heart-tearing single, contorting her body effortlessly alongside her male counterpart and avoiding the flames set to engulf their broken home, the pop star once again demonstrated a knack for understanding what is expected for an awards show performance, and then going five notches above that expectation.

Britney Spears - 'I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman' (2002)

Remember when Britney Spears sang live? Perhaps you don't. Then let's take a YouTube-authorized time machine back one decade, to a time when Brit slayed "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" at the 2002 American Music Awards. With beau Justin Timberlake watching on and footage from "Crossroads" (!) playing behind her, Spears showcased her vocal prowess -- check out that emotional finale! -- while sporting a tasteful evening gown. Sing your heart out, Brit.

Lady Gaga - 'Bad Romance' (2009)

As Lady Gaga's art-pop aesthetic began to hypnotize more and more fans, the singer unveiled one of her patently bizarre award-show performances at the 2009 ceremony, when she sank her teeth into the "Fame Monster" monster hit "Bad Romance." Obscuring her face with a bony light-up mask and clawing her way in front of her dedicated troupe of dancers, Gaga sells the darkly lit performance when she crashes a mic stand through a faux glass window and hunkers down on a flaming piano. It may not have been a giant egg, but chalk this one up as one of Gaga's most innovative award sets.

Madonna and Babyface - 'Take a Bow' (1995)

Perched on adjacent platforms and backed by a full orchestra, Madonna and Babyface delivered their classic "Bedtime Stories" ballad with equal aplomb. Seventeen years later, the style battle is still difficult to judge -- but we'll give the slight edge to Kenneth Edmonds for rocking the no-fuss button-up. We have to give him something, since the telecast's cameraman certainly didn't give Babyface any extended airtime in this clip!

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