On Sunday night, the American music scene came out to determine who would be the best of the best this year (and who has achieved legendary status for a lifetime) at the 2017 American Music Awards. The artists that got the awards were mostly those that were indeed expected to win, if one could get past the fact that the number of female nominees across all available categories seems low. Aside from the victories long seen coming, the night was also one of tribute, featuring a well-deserved lifetime achievement award and an anniversary celebration cum tribute to a late idol.
According to People, there was a great deal of attention given on the night of November 19 at the Microsoft Theater in LA, venue for the 45th Annual American Music Awards. A highlight of the featured performances was a touching tribute to singing diva Whitney Houston, who died in 2012. It was also the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the film soundtrack for “The Bodyguard,” which co-starred Houston and Kevin Costner. Christina Aguilera was the featured interpreter of the signature Whitney songs from the album, including “I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman” and – of course – “I Will Always Love You.”
While certain news outlets have interpreted a photo of fellow AMA 2017 entertainer Pink to be a negative reaction to Aguilera’s performance, the singer has rebutted that notion in social media, explaining that she was tearing up in joy instead. Also receiving lots of love from audiences were Pink’s duet of “Everybody Hurts” with Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” and K-Pop boy band BTS with their dynamic song “DNA.”
Winners of this year’s AMAs include Artist of the Year Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” for Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Song, and Linkin Park as Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock. The band in their acceptance speech took the opportunity during their speech to pay tribute to their own loss, frontman Chester Bennington, who died last July. Other winners were Bruno Mars’s “That’s What I Like” as Video of the Year, Beyoncé as Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist, and “Moana” for Top Soundtrack.
The other major highlight of the evening was when singer-songwriter Diana Ross was accorded that year’s Lifetime Achievement AMA. The now-age 73 star herself delivered a wondrous medley of all her iconic songs. In the middle of her performance Ross was even joined on stage by some of her grandchildren for a grand family affair. In fact, the lifetime achievement awardee pointed out her family during her acceptance speech, as well as how everything she gave and received was all about love. Her medley was the closing spectacle of the 45th AMAs.
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