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American Music Awards: The top 6 moments

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Story highlights

Justin Timberlake shows that he has the crossover chops

J.Lo pays a memorable tribute to salsa queen Celia Cruz

At only 25, Rihanna receives Icon Award from her mother

Meow -- what was going with Miley Cyrus and the crying cat?

CNN —  

Sunday night’s American Music Awards seemed much tamer than many of the other awards shows lately, despite having the promise of host rapper Pitbull to ABC that “I hope you got that delay button ready; we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

But there were a few moments during the evening that had viewers buzzing. Here are a few:

1) Justin Timberlake epitomizes “crossover”

We will try not to drop the term “blue-eyed soul” here, but the former ‘N Sync member nabbed not only favorite pop/rock male but also favorite soul/R& B male and soul/R& B album awards. Before presenting him with the latter award, comedian Sarah Silverman joked that the competition was between Timberlake, the son of the “dad from Growing Pains” (aka) Robin Thicke and Rihanna.