Love was in the air last night 2011 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theater in LA. Lovebird couples such as singer John Legend and girlfriend Christine Teigen, (above), and Mary J Blige and her hubby/manager Kendu Isaacs (below) couldn’t keep their hands or lips off each other.

After performing “Mr. Wrong”, Mary paid tribute to rapper Heavy D, who passed away on November 8, of unknown causes.

“Rest in peace to my dear friend, my loved one, my brother, the loveable and great Heavy D,” Mary said. “I miss you so much, brother. God bless.”

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Nicki Minaj performing

Troubled singer Chris Brown performed last night, but he lost the Soul/R&B Album trophy to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown had hoped that the AMAs would redeem his fractured image and gain him the respect that he thinks he deserves. But that will never happen. Sales of Brown’s album F.A.M.E. has stalled at around 700,000 copies sold, and it doesn’t appear to be even close to going platinum. All of this leaves Brown very frustrated and in need of mood altering medications. The 22-year-old went on another one of his patented rampage on Twitter.com last Thursday that ended when he deleted his entire timeline and appears to have left Twitter for good.

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Here are more pics from last night’s 2011 Soul Train Awards held at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta. These pics are courtesy of celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com who took better pics than the so-called professional photographers.

How embarrassing that singer Miguel looked prettier than most of the females on the red carpet?

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What? Would you rather have U.S. President Barack Obama bending over or kissing world leaders when greeting them?

You’ve already seen the furor it causes whenever he bows down. So the bowing is out. But there’s nothing wrong with a little peck on the lips — as long as his lips are closed.

Actually, the above images of Obama kissing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and Chinese President Hu Jintaoare, are part of Benetton’s newest controversial ad campaign, according to the Washington Post:

“It means not hating,” Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group and son of the founder of the family company told the Wall Street Journal. “In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy.”

Skepticism abounds, though — the company’s sales have been dragging, and some are speculating that the ad campaign might just be a way of jolting consumers into remembering the Benetton name. The campaign is the first part of a three-step plan to revive the Benetton brand. According to the WSJ, the brand is also rethinking its clothing lines.

It was a night of high fashion and drama as New York City’s design mavens and gurus descended on Skylight SOHO to attend the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last night. Media personality La La Vazquez dragged her husband, Carmelo Anthony to the awards. He had a very annoyed look on his face. Can you imagine how that conversation went when she announced to him that he was going?

La La: “If you don’t come with me the blogs will talk about us!!!”
Melo: “SO? Let them bishes talk!”

Designer Rachel Roy posed with Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Anthony.

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Singer Kelly Rowland was spotted entering Fountain studios in London earlier today wearing a faux fur vest, tight jeans and Burberry boots. Yesterday, the 30-year-old beauty performed on the Graham Norton Show in England. It must bite for Beyonce to know Kelly is a bigger star than she is across the pond.

Photos: Splash News Online and Wireimage.com

Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj performed during the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City last night.

After the show Kanye West attended the after party at Dream Downtown. The troubled musician signed autographs on his way in. Kanye wore his favorite pair of Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers, which aren’t available yet, according to fashion blog Upscale Hype. Peep another view of the ugly basketball shoes after the break.

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