The above image of Pink perfectly sums up my feelings about the AMAs.
Last night, the usually underwhelming award show took place honouring some of the "biggest" artists in the music industry. The majority of the performances were complete snoozefests and I didn't think the winners made sense. There were a couple of moments that I loved, while the rest of the show pretty much sucked. The only reason why I tuned in was to catch Christina Aguilera pay tribute to Whitney Houston and Diana Ross received the lifetime achievement award. Speaking of Diana Ross, her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross was the host. She was alright.
Let's start with the opening performance courtesy of Pink and Kelly Clarkson. To be completely honest, I tuned in 10 minutes after the show started, so I'll let you judge for yourself:
Other performers included Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Haley Steinfeld + Florida Georgia Line, Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Macklemore + Skylar Grey, Portugal. The Man, Alessia Cara + Zedd, Khalid + Imagine Dragons, BTS (made their American television debut) and Pink returned for a "gravity defying" performance. Of all of these, there are three worth talking about.
Christina Aguilera received mixed reviews for her tribute to Whitney Houston by performing hits from The Bodyguard. Personally, I thought she shit the bed. She was off-key and the timing wasn't right. This could have been a combination of poor audio and her not being Whitney Houston. She's not my first choice to pay tribute to Whitney. I think anyone else could have done a better job. Watch below:
Pink took things to a whole other level. Literally. I had no words. I was entertained from beginning to end. She always kills it when she performs and restores my faith in the music industry.
As mentioned at the beginning of this recap, Diana Ross received the Lifetime Achievement Award and showed all of the artists how it's done. The highlight of the performance was when her family joined her on stage. Her "grandbabies" have the entertainment bug too.
BONUS: Because as an entertainment blogger, I'm kind of obligated to share BTS' performance. They left everyone speechless as they made their American debut and never stopped moving. I was exhausted watching them, but they were certainly entertaining.
In terms of who took hardware home, Keith Urban cleaned up in the country categories (Country Male, Country Album, Country Song), Imagine Dragrons won Best Pop/Rock Duo/Group, DJ Khaled won Best Rap/Hip Hop Song, The Chainsmokers won Best EDM Artist, Shawn Mendes won Adult Contemporary Artist, Lady Gaga won Best Pop/Rock Female, Niall Horan won New Artist of The Year, Collaboration of The Year went to Luis Fonsi, Alternative Artist went to Linkin' Park and Bruno Mars won the big one - Artist of The Year.
I am really craving "real award shows" so the AMAs were a warmup for me. I'll be kind and give them a 4/10 rating.