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18 Photos From the 2004 AMAs That Prove Music Hasn't Changed Much In the Last 10 Years

As the saying goes, history repeats itself. Well, this could be talking about what you learn in social studies class, or it's equally accurate when it comes to the music industry. A look back at the 2004 American Music Awards (which were literally a decade ago) proves many of the same faces are making music today. From Kanye to Kelly Clarkson, they're artists we still know and love. Although they've grown up a lot, a majority of them are just as successful. Prepare for a ton of nostalgia and so many feelings as you take a trip back to the AMAs from 10 years ago!

Gwen Stefani

Oh, remember Gwen’s Harajuku Lovers phase? Yeah, that was during this time. I’m not sure if we call it “cultural appropriation” or “cultural adoration,” but either way, she brought a whole posse with her on the red carpet.

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JoJo

Nothing makes me more nostalgic than “Too Little Too Late” playing on Pandora. Belting out JoJo’s early 2000 hits like “Leave (Get Out)” is just so satisfying!

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Kelly Clarkson

K. Clarks looked like the prom queen of the ‘04 AMAs. I remember being the biggest fan of “Moment Like This” and all her early songs! The cool thing is she’s still making awesome music and she’s a mom now.

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John Stamos

UNCLE JESSE. I’m not really sure what he has to do with music, but gosh, I’m glad he was there. Have mercy!

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Christy Carlson Romano

Cue the Disney nostalgia. This was during Christy’s post- Even Stevens days when she was starring on Kim Possible. Call me, beep me, if there’s ever an Even Stevens reunion!

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Ciara

Her face looks exactly how mine did when I saw this photo and remembered the greatness that was “1, 2 Step.” Such a catchy classic!

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Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey

Ugh, the nostalgia! And the heartbreak! Remember when these two were adorable newlyweds? At least they’re both happily remarried now.

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Mandy Moore

I miss Mandy Moore’s music. I can’t be the only one. Remember “Candy”? Even though 2004 was past her bubblegum pop phase, this was her prime when it came to movie roles. Luckily, she’s still snagging TV roles.

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Clay Aiken

Ahh, Clay Aiken’s American Idol days! He’s come a long way since being the show’s runner-up. After all, he’s into politics nowadays. Quite a career shift, huh? But I guess voting is relevant in both careers (on Idol and ya know, elections).

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Kelly Osbourne

Looks like rocking fun, colored hair is a trend that hasn’t changed for Osbourne. Glad to see she maintained her own style even back then!

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Kanye West

My immediate reaction to this was, “WHAT?” But then I remembered his song ”The New Workout Plan.” That explains the sit-ups. (I guess…)

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Usher & Alicia Keys

OMG, so many feelings! “It started when we were younger / You were my, my boo.” This was *the* song at every 7th grade dance. Can these two make another duet soon? After all, they’re both still making music to this day.

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Kathy Griffin & Clay Aiken

I… Don’t… Understand… But I don’t hate this either! I guess Kathy was a big Claymate and wanted to get married. Weren’t we all huge Aiken fans?

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Bon Jovi

What a crew! In 2004, Bon Jovi was awarded the Award of Merit at the AMAs. It’s fitting that Dick Clark is in the photo, since he created the show in 1973. It’s great to see Clark’s legacy still lives on today.

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Pharrell & Snoop Dogg

OK, it’s been a decade and these two look EXACTLY. THE. SAME. How is this possible? Please share your secrets, guys.

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John Mayer

LOL to his face in this photo. I wonder what he was singing. These were the years of “Daughters” and “Your Body is a Wonderland,” yet that face does not seem to sum up any of those songs.

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Linkin Park

OMG, remember Linkin Park? I think they should do that whole release an album with Jay Z thing again. I’d listen!

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Janet Jackson & Jermaine Dupri

Wow, I forgot about this couple. Jackson and Durpi were together for 8 years (!) from 2001-2009. Oh, and 2004 was the same year as that infamous Super Bowl slip-up.

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