From Taylor Swift and Pink to Stevie Wonder

From Taylor Swift and Pink to Stevie Wonder

There was no Adele, no Beyoncé and no Harry Types.

However there was the Ticketmaster-crashing Taylor Swift on the fiftieth American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night time. Though she didn’t carry out — even with a smash new album, “Midnights,” that is only one month outdated — the 32-year-old “Shake It Off” famous person was rewarded for her presence with the night time’s largest haul: Six awards, together with Artist of the Yr. That takes her document variety of AMAs to a fab 40. 

“I like you guys for making this a risk for me,” mentioned Swift, as she accepted the award for Favourite Pop Album for “Pink (Taylor’s Model),” her re-recorded LP that was actually extra 2012 than 2022.

Apart from the T-Swizzle sweep, listed below are another highlights — and lowlights — of this yr’s AMAs.

Finest: Pink opens the present

Pink at all times makes the whole lot higher, and as by far the most important feminine pop performer of the night time, she deservedly opened the present along with her new single “By no means Gonna Not Dance Once more,” which obtained the celebration began in enjoyable, infectious vogue as she roller-skated into the Microsoft Area. Exhibiting no indicators of settling into mother pop at 43, Pink undoubtedly obtained this celebration began.

Pink opened the American Music Awards with “By no means Gonna Not Dance Once more.”ABC by way of Getty Photos

Host Wayne Brady carried out not one however two musical numbers on the American Music Awards.Getty Photos for dcp

Worst: Wayne Brady’s musical numbers

After his opening monologue — which was already  so-so to start with — host Brady launched right into a gimmicky bleepfest that obtained outdated actual fast. For good measure, he even shamelessly plugged his look on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” finale. And certainly there should have been different accessible performers who would have been higher than seeing Brady do yet one more quantity later within the present.

Queer singer Dove Cameron gained New Artist of the Yr on the AMAs.Getty Photos

Finest: Dove Cameron’s pro-queer speech

Accepting New Yr Artist of the Yr within the first award offered of the night time, 26-year-old queer singer took the second to have fun the LGBTQ group whereas addressing the tragic shootings at Membership Q in Colorado Springs.

“I wanna begin by saying that each award that I ever win will at all times firstly be devoted to the queer group at massive,” she mentioned after accepting the award from actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, a longtime LGBTQ advocate. “You guys have carved out a particular house for me to be myself and to write down music about it, and I’ve by no means felt  safer or extra beloved and extra supported, and I hope I can provide you some semblance of that very same feeling in my music. On the heels of the tragedy that occurred at Membership Q in Colorado Springs, I wish to remind everybody how necessary queer visibility is and the way necessary our group is.”

Bebe Rexha carried out “I’m Good” with David Guetta on the AMAs.Getty Photos for dcp

Worst: Bebe Rexha and David Guetta

One of many largest knocks in opposition to the AMAS is when artists hit the stage performing songs which can be both too new for anybody to know or too irrelevant in comparison with the music that actually mattered in any given years. Such was the case with Rexha, a B-lister at greatest, performing “I’m Good” in a dominatrix-style getup alongside a military of male dancers in black latex pants and muscle shirts. However it was extra like “I’m Meh.”

Brazilian artist Anitta obtained her freak on with hip-hop icon Missy Elliott on the AMAs.Getty Photos for dcp

Finest: Anitta — and Missy Elliott!

Whereas Rexha was making an attempt means too arduous, Brazilian star was effortlessly horny in a black catsuit, humping the stage whereas a male dancer held her microphone. Bringing some South American warmth to the American Music Awards, the Favourite Feminine Latin Artist winner carried out a medley of “Envolver” and “Foyer,” with none apart from Elliott exhibiting as much as get her freak on with Anitta.

Nation star Jimmie Allen (pictured with host Wayne Brady) sang “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in tribute to Loretta Lynn on the AMAs.Getty Photos for dcp

Finest: Jimmie Allen honors Loretta Lynn

Earlier than introducing Carrie Underwood, breakout nation star Allen — one of many African-American artists turning up the variety within the style  —  got here strumming out together with his acoustic guitar to do a little bit of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in candy remembrance of the late, nice Lynn. It was a touching tribute that flipped each the gender and the race historically related to the basic. And also you get the sensation that Lynn was wanting down with a smile on her face.

Carrie Underwood’s aerial act did not soar on the American Music Awards.Getty Photos for dcp

Worst: Carrie Underwood’s aerial flop

Though Underwood introduced some much-needed star energy to the festivities, she appeared means out of her factor making an attempt to steal Pink’s acrobatic Cirque du Soleil act carrying a multicolored leotard. Performing the rock-edged “Loopy Angels” from her “Denim & Rhinestones” album, it felt like manufacturing overkill for a singer who simply wants to face there and belt just like the vocal beast she is.

Pink sang the “Grease” hit “Hopelessly Dedicated to You” in honor of Olivia Newton-John on the AMAs.Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Worst: The Olivia Newton-John tribute

Singing “Hopelessly Dedicated to You” in honor of the beloved late “Grease” star, Pink’s second efficiency of the night time wasn’t dangerous — she sounded superb — but it surely was nonetheless a disappointment. It simply wasn’t the right music for her — nor was that feathery robe the right gown — and a medley that includes different songs and different singers would have completed extra justice to Newton-John.

It was legend saluting legend when Stevie Marvel paid tribute to Lionel Richie on the American Music Awards.REUTERS

Finest: The Lionel Richie tribute

The tribute to Richie that closed the present was much more becoming, offering the emotional and musical highlights of the night time. First there was ageless Motown legend Smokey Robinson introducing Richie, bringing the sort of class and basic pedigree that was lacking for a lot of the present. Then Richie — additionally newly  inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame — stepped as much as give a really earnest speech as he accepted the Icon Award, encouraging younger artists to try to encourage future generations.

However the very best was saved for final when Stevie Marvel(!)  and Charlie Puth carried out a joyful medley of Richie’s hits— from “Three Occasions a Woman” and “Straightforward (Like Sunday Morning)” to “Brick Home” and “All Evening Lengthy (All Evening).” All of it ended with a star-studded “We Are the World” that made it really feel like 1985 yet again.

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