With the year coming to an end, a lot of celebrities and artists have been reaping the fruits of their labour while others are learning from their fellow colleagues and others just chilling. With Award winning programs from BET to CMA amongst others to celebrate artists and actors for their year’s work, the American Music Awards was one more to top the chart.
Whichever way, the American Music Awards just like the rest had its own fair share of award winners and above all its fair share of drama and flops or maybe just eye-brow raising episodes. Here we have a brief rundown of a few of such dramas and eye-brow raising episodes.
At the top of the list for the night, it must first be noted that the American Music Awards night was a big celebration for the women in the music industry, and to this effect, Taylor Swift’s mix from all year round and more with her opening of her most recent “The Man,” sure was a good way to say “women rock,” as Taylor waltzed through her other records each leaving an impression, the most impressive of her night’s performance was “Lover” which she sang with the piano and was gracefully danced to by Ballet legends Misty Copeland and Craig Hall. Now that was a show.
For every award won, there is always a corresponding acceptance speech and vote of thanks. Now no one ever awards an award for the best acceptance speech. Anyways, at the American Music Awards for this year, the award for best acceptance speech (though not yet part of the categories of the program) actually went to Halsey. Though not a perfect speech but the most coherent and best constructed for the night.
And Halsey’s performance did not end at the speech level. With her innovative and boarder-line crazy, she performed at the AMA with a colourful (almost all colours that can be thought of) conceptual dance performance that definitely wouldn’t be having rivals any time soon. But the best part is that she pulled it off pretty well and the performance was cool.
With not many to fill up the space, the AMA this year picked Shania Twain as the veteran diva and she had a pretty up-beat medley to render to the audience. Her medley included songs such as Post Malone’s “Rockstar” and a mash up of other hits by Twenty-One Pilots, Drake and Swift. Let’s not forget the preview she gave of her hits for her upcoming residency in Vegas. The diva in her was most definitely out for the night.
Lizzo’s performance of Jerome was a sight to behold at the AMA. With anticipation for her performance at the Grammys, she sure dazzled the audience with a good performance representation fit for the song with her former man definitely feeling like the world’s greatest douchebag at the end of the performance.
Then there were the siblings Eilish and Finneas’ performance of “All the Good Girls Go to Hell.” A quite comical performance you might add with particular emphasis to the end of the performance where Eilish was seen being delivered to the ceiling by a crane rather than dancing in the ceiling.
Camila Cabello’s performance left many confused about the real motive behind the song with her performance of her dancers and herself in ‘angelic lingerie.’ Whether it was a spur of the human need or what not, Camila’s performance was still a thing to see simply because well, it’s Camila.
And there was Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes once again giving the ‘señorita’ that ‘almost’ touch, most especially with the couple’s nearly-but-not-really-kissing finale. But we couldn’t deny that the chemistry sure made it better.
Then there was Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott’s “Circles”/”Take What You Want.” In the most Post Masonic way he could perform and then Christina Aguilera’s ‘Great Big World’ style of performance with the piano cannot be missed but with the new “Fall on Me” song. A pretty sight that wanted to make all fall but for the voice and melody really.
Selena Gomez was up with a shaky pitched start on her song “Lose You to Love Me,” but got into it as she went and pushed the melody and rhythm further with “Look at Her Now,” “Lose” and “Look.”
Let’s not forget the right host touch that was given to the award show by Ciara. With the right energy vibe and tempo she made sure to be herself and not overshadow whatever other performances were coming up for the night. She was just the right one.
Keisha’s performance for the night was splendid with her expressing her desire to return to her old self of party mode and despite the likeness to her “Raising Hell” the vibes and energy from “Tik Tok” just couldn’t be matched by any other song.