A-list Performances at AMA’s


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Last night Los Angeles, CA was host to some of the biggest names in music right now as the 43rd American Music Awards took place. Artists from every genre came out in their best to see if they would come home with the a prestigious AMA. These awards were based off of fan votes that took place online and on social media. Every category only had three nominees in each, meaning that the competition for each award was intense. The 2015 AMA’s were hosted at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown LA. Jennifer Lopez was the host of the night, and opened the show with a high energy dance number that included a medley of all the top songs of the past year. This was only the start of an A-list line-up that was to come further on in the night.

The rest of the performances of the night were hits and misses, as some lacked energy and some really stole the show. Performers like Selena Gomez, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Macklemore gave a typical and standard good performances like they would any other night. Then there were moments that just left the audience wondering, “what’s going on here?”, such as Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth’s make out session after their duet performance, Ariana Grande’s strange Jessica Rabbit impersonation before her performance, and Coldplay bringing on a pack of gorillas to accompany them during their performance (not real ones of course).

Performers that really stood out brought energy back to what some called a very typical and unenthusiastic awards show night. Rock band Walk the Moon brought energy and eccentric colors to their performance of their 2015 hit “Shut Up and Dance” that got the crowd up on their feet dancing away. R&B singer The Weeknd brought the fire, literally, as he took the stage to perform his massive hit “The Hills”, his vocals were on point and he needed no back up dancers or a choir to help him give a stellar performance. One Direction took the stage as well, for what may be one of the last times the group is seen together on television since they will be taking a 2 year break from recording and performing all together. They gave a simple and clean performance of their hit “Perfect” from their new album that dropped last week and showed off their vocals with nothing else on stage but themselves.

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There were a lot of collaborations and special performances in this year’s show as well. Nick Jonas brought in an entire church choir to help him sing a medley of his hits from 2015. Demi Lovato sang on her own, and then joined Alanis Morissette for a performance of the 90’s hit “You Oughta Know” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Morissette’s breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill”. To bring in more nostalgia to the night, “Clueless” stars Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto (Cher and Elton) introduced Gwen Stefani as she performed an emotional rendition of her new single “Used To Love You”. A capella group Pentatonix were introduced by Harrison Ford himself as they did their version of the legendary Star Wars score, then were accompanied by a full orchestra. This was preceded by a “sneak peek” scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was really just 5 seconds of a scene to get everyone excited for the performance. The biggest moment of the night was when Jared Leto gave a heart-wrenching speech about the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and went on to say that the whole world matters and introduced Celine Dion who gave an emotionally beautiful tribute of French singer Edith Piaf’s song “Hymne a l’amour” which brought most of the audience to tears. To end the night, the AMA’s let Justin Bieber have the honor of being the finale. He came out in a causal jeans, hat, and hoodie to sing an acoustic version of his song “What Do You Mean”, which was then transitioned into the EDM high energy hit “Where Are U Now” where Bieber brought in his dance moves and dancers to give a great choreographed performance. He ended his performance by have “rain” come down onto the stage while singing his latest hit “Sorry” and dancing in the rain, stealing the show visually and spectacularly.

The awards show gave awards in every genre, from country to rap to pop/rock. The big winners of the night were The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt (who took Best New Artist), and One Direction, who took Artist of the Year.

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