Best Live Performer – 2012 PopCrush Music Awards
While not all of the artists in our Best Live Performer of 2012 category released new albums this year, all of them had stellar years onstage, performing for fans all over the world. From the Pink's acrobatics to Lady Gaga's theatrics, who gets your vote for the Best Live Performer of 2012?
When it comes to singing live, two of the most successful 'American Idol' winners, Adam Lambert and Kelly Clarkson, know how to do it right. The 'Trespassing' hit maker entertained throughout most of 2012, belting out his own array of songs as well as covers, and also stood in as the frontman for Queen, not like that's a big deal or anything. Clarkson also kept it real during her concerts, using her outstanding and powerful pipes to sing hits from her 'Stronger' LP while performing a plethora of fun covers, as well.
If you're looking for a real action-packed performance, than artists like Lady Gaga, Pink and Madonna may be more up your alley. Lady Gaga never fails to put on a riveting performance, and her 2012 Monster Ball tour overseas has been absolutely bananas. As if her castle-like stage setup and outrageous costumes weren't enough, Gaga is also an amazing live singer and dances that perfectly toned booty off on the daily.
Meanwhile, Pink has already proven time and time again that she's an unbelievable performer, and her live shows are sometimes closer to art than just a concert. From the moving and challenging choreography she did for her AMA performance of 'Try,' to her high-flying stunts at the VMAs, Pink never disappoints, and we can't wait to see what she's got in store for her upcoming tour with the Hives!
Then there's Madonna, who is in a class all her own with her controversial MDNA tour. Over the span of the 2012 trek, Madge has gotten naked, toted guns around onstage, ad has used religious and Nazi imagery in her performances. Of course, this is Madonna, so the shocking is always to be expected.
Fellow pop divas Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are also in the running for Best Live Performer of 2012, with each of these ultra glam and always colorful ladies entertaining all over the world this year. Then there's British boy band One Direction and dramatic 'Red' cutie Taylor Swift, who are selling out every show they book in 2012. And finally, Chris Brown and Usher, who are still two of the best dancers in the biz and are always fun to watch live in action, 2012 included.
Vote for the artist you think deserves the title of Best Live Performer of 2012 below, and remember that you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. PopCrush will announce all of the winners in our annual music awards the following day, Jan. 16.