Yes, this year’s American Music Awards will be remembered for the flash and the fashion, but the show also had its share of moving moments.
The most heartfelt of those was the expected tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. After an emotional introduction by 30 Seconds of Mars frontman Jared Leto, Celine Dion sang a simple, stripped-down version of “Hymne a L’Amour” [pr: HIM ah la MOOR], a moving ballad written and sung by French legend Edith Piaf [pr: PEE-aff]
The show — a two-award night for Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and One Direction (and a three-win one for Taylor Swift, whose awards were not televised) — wasn’t all serious, of course. Jennifer Lopez opened the show with her signature tune, “Waiting for the Night,” reworked as a string-driven ballad. But true to form, J-Lo quickly stripped down to a skintight bodysuit for a dance routine set to this year’s most beat-heavy nominees, from “Uptown Funk” to “Anaconda,” during which the camera cut from a close-up of the host’s booty to Nicki Minaj’s face.
Other highlights included:
- 5 Seconds of Summer turned in a lively version of “Hey Everybody,” otherwise known as part two of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and earned extra credit for putting substance over style.
- Demi Lovato’s sultry performance of “Confident” didn’t depart too much from the one she turned in on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, but she brought enough energy to the stage that no one seemed to care too much. She’d ramp things up even further later in the show when she joined Alanis Morissette for a version of “You Oughta Know” that packed as much punch as the original did 20 years ago.
- Meghan Trainor also pulled double duty, strolling through her soulful ballad “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” before teaming up with Charlie Puth for a sassy version of their duet “Marvin Gaye” that ended with a long French kiss that lived up to the tune’s lyric about getting it on.
- Ariana Grande sent a volley into Lady Gaga’s court with a torch-song, burlesque intro to her funky new single “Focus” — and proved she could make ends meet in exotic dancing if she had to.
- One Direction said “goodbye for now” to the AMAs with “Perfect” — which could describe the group’s string of wins at the ceremony. And no, Harry Styles didn’t mention any famous ex-girlfriends.
- Gwen Stefani did her first televised performance of “Used to Love You,” her “goodbye forever” sendoff to ex Gavin Rossdale, but the colored lasers and giant Gwen-head videos distracted from the tune itself.
- Nick Jonas showed off his vocal versatility — and some mad drumming skills — in his medley of “Chains” and “Levels,” but gets docked a few points for that boot-camp buzz cut.
- Walk the Moon struck a blow for the geeks of the world with a proudly over-the-top take of its smash “Shut Up and Dance” that took viewers back to 1985 with a hail of fireworks and loud outfits.
- Coldplay, making its first AMA appearance in seven years, took us straight to the jungle for an oddball version of “Adventure of a Lifetime” on which Chris Martin was surrounded by dancing gorillas.
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis always seem to pull out all the stops for awards shows, and the AMAs was no exception — with a string section, a choir and soul singer Leon Bridges backing them on the dramatic drug abuse tale “Otherside.”
- And for the show’s much-hyped finale, Justin Bieber dipped deep into his equally hyped Purpose album to showcase a few of its sides — in a medley featuring “What Do You Mean?,” “Where Are U Now” and “Sorry,” which, for some reason, he sang in a stage-sized shower.
AMA Winners’ List:
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Taylor Swift “Blank Space”
Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile
Skrillex & Diplo Feat. Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now”
New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s
Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock
Taylor Swift “1989”
Favorite Male Artist – Country
Favorite Female Artist – Country
Favorite Duo or Group – Country
Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album – Country
Florida Georgia Line “Anything Goes”
Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop
Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop
Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint”
Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B
The Weeknd “Beauty Behind The Madness”
Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock
Fall Out Boy
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
Home, Anna Karenina, The Runner, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and the new Netflix series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and W/ Bob and David highlight the November additions to the streaming service.
Here is the complete list of additions:
The Seven Deadly Sins, season 1
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, season 1
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines
Worst Year of My Life, Again, season 1
Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad, and Me
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie
Pasion de Gavilanes
Last Tango in Halifax, season 3
Master of None, season 1
Care Bears & Cousins, season 1
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
W/ Bob and David, season 1
Young & Hungry, season 2
Atención Atención, season 1
Dior and I
Jessie, season 4
Continuum, season 4
Tengo Ganas de Ti
Cristela, season 1
River, series 1
Marvel’s Jessica Jones, season 1
The Red Road, season 2
Ultimate Spider-Man, season 3
Liv and Maddie, season 2
Switched at Birth, season 4
Gringolandia, season 3
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Stories of Cannon Films
MINIONS (Animated Comedy)
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain (Sandra Bullock) who hatches a plot to take over the world.
WHO’S IN IT? Voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan
- Minions is a prequel to the Despicable Me trilogy. Despicable Me 3 comes out in 2017.
- The film takes place in 1968 or 42 years B.G. (Before Gru). Despicable Me came out in 2010.
- The three minions were designed to resemble Gru’s daughters Margo, Agnes and Edith.
- This is the first movie in which Sandra Bullock plays the villain.
Ariana Grande has apologized for that donut-shop video where she said “I hate America,” but the owner of the store is still upset.
Joe Marin, the owner of the Wolfee Donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California, says the video that made the Internet rounds this week doesn’t even tell the whole disgusting story. He tells Us Weekly that Ari was rude to his employees — insisting that they repeatedly go to the back to get her some fresh-baked donuts — and spit on donuts in the display case when nobody was looking. Since the employees didn’t know what had happened, those donuts later got sold to other customers.
Marin wasn’t at the store at the time of the incident but says he has 10 security cameras in the store.
Cops think they can rain on the parade of two Pennsylvania crooks after they stole a cell phone from a delivery man, then used it to take photos that ended up uploaded to the victim’s cloud account.
The men, who are still on the lam, jumped into the car that the guy had left idling outside a delivery and sped off, ditching the vehicle a few blocks away, but pocketing the phone and $500 that was left inside. Almost immediately, pictures of two strangers started showing up in the victim’s account, including one of the men brandishing a sawed-off shotgun.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, “The dummies starting taking pictures of one another… More and more robberies are being committed by individuals within their possession a sawed-off shotgun — so this takes a whole different realm.”
- 2:20 PM PST on November 28, 2015
- 8:00 AM PST on November 29, 2015
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