The 2017 American Music Awards not solely honored the perfect in music this yr but additionally the enduring spirit of the nation.
Recognizing the current violence within the U.S., the awards ceremony, which aired stay on ABC from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre, started with a tribute. Kelly Clarkson and Pink opened the present with a canopy of REM’s 1992 hit, “Everybody Hurts.”
The awards ceremony was hosted by “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross. She famous that she and her mom, iconic singer Diana Ross, made historical past Sunday evening as the primary mother-daughter duo to host the awards present. Diana Ross hosted the awards ceremony in 1986 and 1987.
Diana Ross honored for a lifetime of supreme expertise
The elder Ross additionally acquired the night’s lifetime achievement award. And she did it in fashion, performing a medley of her most iconic hits, together with “I’m Coming Out,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ease on Down the Road.”
She was celebrated by former president Barack Obama and former first girl Michelle Obama.
Linkin Park wins after Chester Bennington’s loss of life
Linkin Park was awarded the American Music Award for Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock simply 4 months after the loss of life of lead singer Chester Bennington.
The late singer’s band members devoted the award to Bennington.
“We want to dedicate this award to him, to his memory, to his talent, to his sense of humor, to his joy,” Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda instructed the viewers. “And remember you guys, all of you — whether you’re a fan or an artist — take a moment to appreciate what you’ve got and make Chester proud.”
An evening of show-stopping performances
Although there have been many trophies handed out Sunday evening, the night was crammed with one-of-a-kind performances. Demi Lovato carried out “Sorry Not Sorry,” whereas others took the stage, together with Alessia Cara, Zedd, Niall Horan, Sean Mendez, Selena Gomez, BTS, Imagine Dragons and Khalid.
Pink, recognized for including acrobatics to her stay performances, sang whereas dangling from the facet of a constructing. And to not be outdone, Lady Gaga took a break from her Joanne world tour to carry out “The Cure” stay from Washington, D.C.
But a efficiency that had many on social media speaking was Christina Aguilera’s tribute to “The Bodyguard,” which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. The singer carried out a medley of songs from the late Whitney Houston’s blockbuster movie and soundtrack.
After her efficiency, Aguilera had a message for the late Houston, who has received probably the most American Music Awards ever with 21. “Thank you Whitney Houston for being the best inspiration ever,” she stated.
But the highest award? That went to Bruno Mars, who despatched a video message to obtain Artist of the Year.