The American Music Awards celebrated the best of the best in American music this year. This year, the award show honored music veterans, awarded some of biggest stars of today, and awarded some future heavy hitters and chart toppers.
Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the show and stunned viewers with her many costume changes, including an outfit her mother wore before when she performed with Michael Jackson.
Announced by Jamie Foxx, Pink and Kelly Clarkson opened the show dedicating a performance to the recent national tragedies with their rendition of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts”. Soon after Demi Lovato started off her performance with a strong message of courage, showing nasty tweets about her on the monitors before taking the stage to perform her latest hit, “Sorry Not Sorry”. Before Nick Jonas graciously took the stage with his sexy performance, Imagine Dragon took home the first award of the night for Best Pop/Rock Group/Duo.
Shawn Mendez, Selena Gomez took the stage before Viola Davis graces the AMA stage to present the tribute to The Bodyguard soundtrack. Christina Aguilera, a pop diva known for vocal ability in her own right, sang a medley of songs from the movie’s soundtrack including "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", and "Run to You". She concluded the tribute with a spectacular performance of "I’m Every Woman".
The AMAs showed a live viewing from Lady Gaga’s performance of “The Cure” from her tour, where she also found out she won best pop/rock female, during Macklemore and Skyler Grey’s performance, Macklemore gave a special birthday shout to his grandmother.
Pink stunned the crowd again, as she performed outside the Marriott hotel, on the side of the building! Known for her aerial acts, Pink used the side of the hotel as a platform to perform her latest single. The gravity-defying performance left everyone speechless, even Tracee Ellis Ross was left with emotions.
Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage to celebrate the 15 years since her iconic American Idol win, and K-Pop boy band BTS made their US debut by giving American views a neon-lit, dance-filled performance.
There was a moment of remembrance when Linkin Park won best Alternative Rock. The surviving band members dedicated the award to lead singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide this summer. Spirits were quickly lifted when Bruno Mars took home Artist of the Year, while on the road...literally. The 24k Magic singer live streamed his acceptance from a van.
The show ended with a tribute to music legend and the ultimate diva, Diana Ross. Actor Evan Ross took the honor of opening the tribute to his mother with thoughtful speech and a video montage of her AMA award wins, icon outfits, interviews, and glamorous performances (some of which included other music legends such as Marvin Gaye). Diana took the stage, walking down an extravagant flight of stairs, and singing some of her iconic hits such as “I’m Coming Out”, “Ease on Down the Road” (from The Wiz), and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Ross brought her kids on stage, and later, her family joined her on stage, as well as fellow Motown legends Barry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, to present Diana with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
For a full list of winners, check out the American Music Award's official site!