Usher opts for family time over 2011 AMAs

Usher took a step away.

There were a number of big-name stars at the American Music Awards this week — but as just about everyone in attendance now knows, Usher was not one of them.

What happened? The singer was instead spotted around Manhattan this past weekend with sons Naviyd and Usher V — who were each carted around in a stroller by a “Confessions” singer. Usher was actually awarded the trophy for Favorite Male Artist / R&B during the ceremony, and this comes just a year after his protegee Justin Bieber was the biggest winner of the night.

One day before this sighting, Usher was among the stars in attendance at the memorial service for rapper Heavy D — and hopefully, he will continue to spend some more time with his family as we delve into the Thanksgiving holday.

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