AMAs Recap! (Including Pink's Performance 34 Stories High!)

 

Bruno Mars was named Artist of the Year and Diana Ross accepted the Lifetime Achievement honor at last night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Diana performed a medley of her hits and received a congratulations message from former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Taylor Swift also offered her congrats. 

Diana's daughter Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the gala, which aired live on ABC. 

The New Artist of the Year prize went to Niall Horan and Lady Gaga won for the Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock.

Keith Urban was also a big winner at the AMAs. He was voted Favorite Male Artist -- Country and also picked up the trophies for Favorite Album -- for “Ripcord” and Favorite Song -- Country for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Imagine Dragons was chosen Favorite Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock; Linkin Park was selected Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock; and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee earned the Collaboration of the Year title for their hit song "Despacito."

Other winners included Shawn Mendes for Favorite Artist -- Adult Contemporary; The Chainsmokers for Favorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music; and DJ Khaled for Favorite Song -- Rap/Hip-Hop for "I'm the One."

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

Kelly Clarkson and P!nk opened the American Music Awards with a tribute to those who have been affected by 2017's numerous disasters, from this year's hurricanes to the Las Vegas shooting. In their their first-ever joint performance, the two sang R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts" as images of first responders played behind them.

Jamie Foxx introduced the duo alongside his daughter, and personally thanked firefighters, police, and paramedics who "ran towards danger" as a number of first responders gathered on the stage beside him.

During the show, P!nk hung off the side of the JW Marriott Hotel next to the Microsoft Theater while singing her song "Beautiful Trauma”, 34 floors above.

Kelly also gave a second performance, starting with her 2003 classic "Miss Independent" and continuing into her most recent single "Love So Soft."   

In honor of “The Bodyguard”’s 25th anniversary this week, Christina Aguilera paid tribute to Whitney Houston.Viola Davis reminded us "it was this week 25 years ago that we all fell in love with Whitney Houston," and then introduced Aguilera, calling her "another singer with a mesmerizing voice," who performed songs from the film's Grammy-winning soundtrack. The fan-favorite medley included some of Houston's biggest hits including "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," Run to You" and "I'm Every Woman."

Sources: E!, Hollywood Reporter  

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