You know what? I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like the American Music Awards
. They’re really not that bad! Sure, they don’t matter
in any meaningful way, but year after year, they’re the most enjoyable out of any awards show: Less self-serious than the Grammys
, not as zanily self-referential as the VMAs
, more grown-up than the Teen Choice Awards
, the AMAs have figured out the secret: Fill the show up with performances and don’t bother pretending like the awards mean anything. Not even Pitbull
could ruin it, and Pitbull’s made a career out of ruining things (like otherwise good pop songs).
Still, of course, there were zeniths and nadirs, moments when not even the breathless pep of a Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s commercial (what will she do next?) could bring light back into my Sunday night. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best and worst things that happened last night. More »
“turned” Japanese. Gaga
was Marilyn Monroe. Rihanna
had a moment with her mom. Miley
performed with a lip-syncing cat. And the important thing about the American Music Awards this year? Nobody twerked. After taking in all the showy performances
and the list of winners
from the 41st installment of this particular dog and pony act, we scrounged the Internet to see what critics were saying about the whole spectacle. Head below for our roundup of the blathering. More »
One of them was born in Tennessee and one now calls the Volunteer State their home. The other thing Justin Timberlake
and Taylor Swift
have in common is that they were the big winners at the 41st annual American Music Awards, a shindig that went down at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live.
“Thrift Shop” upstarts Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who performed via satellite from their concert in Miami, went into the thing with the most nominations (six total). The duo wound up being recipients of the Best Rap/Hip Hop Album for their independently released The Heist.
But it was the Tennessee kids who took home most of the night’s honors; Timberlake for Pop/Rock Male Artist, Soul/R&B Male Artist and Soul/R&B Album (The 20/20 Experience), and Swift for the biggie, Artist Of The Year, plus Pop/Rock Female Artist, Country Album (Red) and Country Female Artist.
Also, “Diamonds” diva Rihanna was handed the very first AMAs Icon Award (by her mother, no less), because, well, she’s probably the most unstoppable force on the pop scene these days. RiRi also snagged the Soul/R&B Female Artist statue.
Head below to see who all won what at this year’s AMAs. More »
Tonight’s American Music Awards
delivered performances from a litany of big names — Katy Perry! Justin Timberlake! Rihanna! Lady Gaga! Miley Cyrus! Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! One Direction! Kendrick Lamar! Christina Aguilera & A Great Big World! Jennifer Lopez! Pitbull & Ke$ha! Ariana Grande! TLC!
— so as per usual, it to felt more like a madcap variety show than, y’know, the awards show it actually is. Not that anyone’s complaining about that.
Head below to find all of the performances from the show, which was broadcast from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday (November 24) evening. More »
It’s almost time for the bonanza of Best Of 2013 lists, and that means pop’s biggest stars have one last major platform to help them make their mark on the Year In Music narrative, via the American Music Awards. This year’s show, taking place November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, boasts an impressive, if fairly homogeneous, roster of performers. Come to think of it, the lineup looks an awful lot like the one for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards
— so maybe the monoculture is alive and well after all.
As is always the case with the AMAs, the hardware plays second fiddle to the performances, but one award in particular is worth paying attention to this time: Rihanna will be honored with the first-ever AMA Icon Award. Our guess is that it’s like Justin Timberlake getting the video vanguard award at the VMAs — sort of a worthy recipient, but also probably the result of an agreement to secure a performance from the star.
That’s just the tip of the hulking popberg that is the AMAs, though. On Sunday night, you’ll be inundated with blown-out setpieces, wild choreography, a smattering of lip-syncing and an endless stream of live tweets (speaking of, be sure to follow @idolator!), so you best be mentally prepared. That’s where our Viewer’s Guide comes in. Head below for a complete breakdown of what we can expect at the 2013 American Music Awards. More »
has been added to the never-ending roster of performers at the 2013 American Music Awards. Not only that — she’s set to receive the first-ever AMA Icon Award. Not bad for a rare year in which she didn’t release new music.
The show’s executive producer said the Icon Award “was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level. Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time.” Hard to argue with that. More »
, Jennifer Lopez
will be performing at the 2013 American Music Awards, joining an already jam-packed lineup. Perry will open up the show with “Unconditionally,”
and TLC will be joined by “a special guest.” Our money’s on J. Cole
. Or maybe TLC diehard Drake
Interestingly, none of the three added acts are nominated for any awards this year. They’ll take the stage along with Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and others on the lengthy roster of performers. The broadcast will also boast the first time Lady Gaga and R. Kelly perform their hit “Do What U Want” together, and the night’s host, Pitbull, will perform “Timber” with Ke$ha. And somewhere in there some awards will be handed out. More »
While on the red carpet before her artRAVE album release event
Sunday (November 10), Lady Gaga
let slip that R. Kelly
will be joining her to perform “Do What U Want”
at this month’s American Music Awards. “R. Kelly will be there. Oh I’m not supposed to say that. Oh I said it anyway. Oh well. Sorry, Robert,” she told Music Choice. “But he’ll be there and we’re gonna perform ‘Do What U Want.’ We have a great chemistry when we perform together.”
Gaga has turned out a few stirring renditions of the standout ARTPOP track in recent weeks, but this will be the first time Kells joins her live for the duet. Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, One Direction and more will also perform at the 2013 AMAs, and Pitbull is hosting the affair, which airs November 24 on ABC.
Check out Gaga’s red carpet interview below. More »
Dale! Mr. Worldwide is about to settle down (for at least one
night) in good ol’ America as the host of the 2013 American Music Awards
. Yes, Pitbull
will be your AMAs host du jour when the show broadcasts live from Los Angeles on November 24, so expect a lot of leering, jeering and a performance of “Timber” with Ke$ha
. Deep sigh.
Here is the real, actual thing that he said in a statement: “I am truly honored to be hosting the 2013 American Music Awards. The night is only about one thing, fun! So buckle and get ready. Dale!” More »
The 2013 American Music Awards are just around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be one of the year’s premiere nights of pop. Lady Gaga
, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
, Kendrick Lamar
and Luke Bryan
have just been added to the performance lineup. They’ll share the stage with previously confirmed performers Miley Cyrus
, One Direction
, Florida Georgia Line
and Imagine Dragons
. And we all know what happens when you get Gaga and Miley on stage on the same night. ALL THE TWEETING.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also lead the field of nominees, with nods in six categories, including a face-off with K-Dot for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Gaga, meanwhile, has no nominations, but the performance comes two weeks after ARTPOP drops, so she’ll obviously have something epic in store to begin her bid for 2014 dominance. More »