The 2017 American Music Awards (AMAs) began with a rousing performance of R.E.M.‘s hit song, “Everybody Hurts” by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and pop songstress P!nk, in a powerful tribute to all the first responders who helped rescue those during some of the tragic events that have happened this past year.
In an interview with Billboard, Clarkson said her performance at the AMAs, last night, was not only an important tribute to all those who helped out but for female singers as well. “In a time where I feel like — well not just now — but females are always pitted against each other, it’s cool. We both respect each other’s talent, there’s room for everyone. It’s a nice moment to say that.”
Demi Lovato performed her hit single, “Sorry Not Sorry” as she flashed mean tweets behind her on the stage, exposing the number of bullies who use Twitter. Interestingly enough, her plus one for the evening was Danica Roem—the first openly transgender state legislator in U.S. history.
After additional performances by Nick Jonas, Swedish DJ Alesso featuring Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line, and Shawn Mendes, the audience and TV public were graced by the first performance from Selena Gomez, since undergoing a kidney transplant this year. The newly atomic blonde, Gomez gave an emotional performance of her hit single, “Wolves,” featuring electronic DJ Marshmello.
In a riveting tribute to the late-Whitney Houston, pop singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera sang a medley of hits to honor the 25th anniversary of the major motion picture The Bodyguard including “I Will Always Love You,” “I’m Every Woman” “I Have Nothing,” and “Run To You.”
The AMAs award ceremony continued to wow audience members with Lady Gaga performing her latest synth-pop single, “The Cure,” Macklemore and Skylar Grey performing “Glorious,” Portugal. The Man performing their chart-topping hit, “Feel It Still,” Russian-German electronic producer/DJ Zedd and Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara performing “Stay,” and Imagine Dragons teamed up with Lebanese singer-songwriter Khalid for performances of “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Thunder.”
P!nk, once again, returned to rock the house with her death-defying performance of her latest single “Beautiful Trauma” alongside the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.
The evening continued with performances by former One Direction-musician Niall Horan who gave a performance of his hit single “Slow Hands,” Kelly Clarkson returned with performances of her original songs, “Miss Independent,” and “Love So Soft,” and K-Pop bad boys BTS had the room dancing with their performance of their hit song, “DNA.”
The evening concluded with an incredible medley of songs performed by Diana Ross, which included hits such as “I’m Coming Out,” “Take Me Higher,” “Ease On Down The Road,” “The Best Years Of My Life,” and, of course, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
This year, Bruno Mars was the biggest winner, taking home 7 of the 2017 AMAs for his album, 24K Magic.
#ICYMI Here’s the rundown of the 2017 AMAs Winners:
Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars
New Artist of the Year: Niall Horan
Collaboration of the Year: “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Tour of the Year: Coldplay
Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock: Lady Gaga
Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock: 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Favorite Song Pop/Rock: “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Favorite Male Artist Country: Keith Urban
Favorite Female Artist Country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group Country: Little Big Town
Favorite Album Country: Ripcord – Keith Urban
Favorite Song Country: “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
Favorite Arist Rap/Hip-Hop: Drake
Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop: Damn. – Kendrick Lamar
Favorite Song Rap / Hip-Hop: “I’m the One” – DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
Favorite Male Artist Soul / R&B: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist Soul / R&B: Beyoncé
Favorite Album Soul / R&B: 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Favorite Song Soul / R&B: “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
Favorite Artist Alternative Rock: Linkin Park
Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Artist Latin: Shakira
Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational: Lauren Daigle
Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music: The Chainsmokers
Video of the Year: “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
Top Soundtrack: Moana