AMAs 2012 Photos: Show & Backstage Pics From the American Music Awards

Presenter Jenny McCarthy plants a playful kiss on winner Justin Bieber as he accepts the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album.

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"Yes, it was spontaneous," Jenny McCarthy says of her manhandling of Justin

Taylor Swift took home the award for Favorite Country Female Artist (surprise, surprise) while Carly Rae Jepsen won her first. Dick Clark was given a touching tribute by Stevie Wonder, David Guetta won the Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music category ("EDM" as Elisha Cuthbert so kindly defined for us while presenting), and Christina Aguilera debuted bangs while on stage with Pitbull. Justin Bieber brought his mom on stage during his acceptance speech for his Artist of the Year award and PSY brought it home "Gangnam/Hammer Style." It was an action packed evening, however not all of it was televised.

Here are just some of the things you didn't see that happened behind-the-scenes at this year's AMAs:


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Red Carpet Screamers: The fans were out in full force, dying for a chance to catch a glimpse of anything even remotely famous. Those within a 5-mile radius of the Nokia Center could tell when any of the A-listers were arriving based entirely on the decibel of their screams. Taylor Swift's red carpet entrance enticed half of Los Angeles to breakout in a "Taylor, Taylor" chant. Bieber of course got his own… If an applause meter had been running, however, the "Swifties" would have easily been named the victors.

Bieber Exits Early/Taylor Gets Chased: We got the inside scoop from a Cola-Cola waitress that on her end of the carpet (beyond our visibility) Bieber's fans went crazy. After several of the Biebs' fans jumped over the barricade things got scary and they had to forgo a few interviews to escort him away from the chaos. Meanwhile on the carpet, a girl sought out the ultimate birthday present - breaking out of the VIP area and chasing Taylor Swift down the carpet. Swift never acknowledged the girl but security did and apparently did not care that it was her "b-day."

Jordin Sparks Geeks Out on BSB: Jordan Sparks and boyfriend Jason Derulo walked the carpet together and paired up for their interviews (aww). In the middle of one of their Q&As, the Backstreet Boys were chatting with reporters next to them. Seconds later, BSB broke out in song and Sparks had a moment. She turned to Derulo, buried her head in his shoulder and exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! The Backstreet Boys are singing!" Backstreet came over to say "Hi" and Sparks introduced them to Derulo. BSB and Derulo hit it off and discussed possibly doing a collaboration together down the line.

Will.i.am + Britney & Karmin: During our interview with will.i.am, he was sporting two gold rings: one that said "Scream" and the other said "Shout" in honor of his new single with Britney Spears titled "Scream & Shout." He talked about the video that they shot for it a month and a half ago stating: "I don't even want to say the word swag. It's beyond swag." will.i.am appeared again during our interview with Karmin when he made a point to introduce himself to the duo. "We want to work with him! That was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Amy Heidemann.

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