daughtry clarkson underwood lambert 2009 AMAs' 'American Idol' face off: Daughtry vs. Clarkson vs. Underwood vs. LambertChris Daughtry. Kelly Clarkson. Carrie Underwood. Adam Lambert. Two of these four are not like the others.

That’s right, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert didn’t actually win “American Idol.” But all four of the “Idol” alum got to perform at the 2009 American Music Awards.

Glambert even got the pimp slot, closing out the show right after it was announced that Taylor Swift had managed to pull an upset and beat Michael Jackson for Best Artist.

2008’s “Idol” winner, Kris Allen, attended and got to come on stage with Demi Lovato though, so there’s that.

Four very different singers with four very different musical styles. Which one do you think did the best?

Gee, what would the American Music Awards do without “American Idol”?

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