Bernadette del Prado and Parker Miele
One of the most watched music events of the year, The American Music Awards (AMAs), made Sunday night a whole lot better for the 11 million who tuned in. The award show featured some of the most talented artists of this generation, as well familiar faces from past music eras to showcase their outstanding expertise. It was a night full of exquisite comebacks and breathtaking performances.
The night started off with a highlighted performance by the host, Jennifer Lopez, during which she showed off her flawless dance moves, featuring a medley of popular songs such as “Hotline Bling” by Drake and “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar.
The show continued on with memorable performances by Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez, both performing a combination of their top hits. One Direction sang“Perfect”-ly, The Weeknd entertained the audience with his famous record, “The Hills,” and Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth shared the stage together, unexpectedly ending their performance with a lengthy kiss.
Coldplay took the audience on “An Adventure of a Lifetime” after having not performed on the AMAs stage in seven years with the performance of their new single. Justin Bieber was not “Sorry” about singing in the rain. Many other talented artists performed jaw dropping acts.
The public was quite satisfied with all the winners. There were many talented nominees, but all the winners deserved their awards.
The Artist of the Year award went to One Direction, yet the Song of the Year went to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” The Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist was Ariana Grande and the Male winner was Ed Sheeran. In the rap section of the awards, Nicki Minaj took both the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album awards home for her album “The Pinkprint.”
The Favorite Pop Album award went to Taylor Swift’s 1989, the Favorite Country Album award went to “Anything Goes” by Florida Georgia Line, and the Favorite Soul/R&B Album was “Beauty Behind the Madness” by the Weekend.
Half-way through the night, Alanis Morissette performed her hit record “You Oughta Know,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of her album, Jagged Little Pill. The performance that really stole the night was Celine Dion’s tribute to the tragic Paris attacks that occurred in November by singing the beautiful French composition “Hyme á L’Amore.” This touched everyone’s hearts and made members of the audience drop a couple of tears.
The music award show of the year accelerated even more when Star Wars: The Force Awakens released a preview of the extraordinary blockbuster, which would be released on December 18.Acapella group Pentatonix, accompanied by an orchestra, performed a medley of the recognizable compositions from Star Wars, leaving the audience excited for the seventh episode of the film.