2015 American Music Awards: Five Things You Didn’t See on TV

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American Music Awards 2015: Bieber, Miss Piggy, Clueless and 3 other things we learnt.

Celine Dion performed the French classic made famous by Edith Piaf, “L’Hymne a L’Amour,” in front of a string section and a montage of images of famous Paris sites. The 2015 American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and saw Taylor Swift win three awards, Jennifer Lopez hosting and yet another redemptive performance from Justin Bieber. Bieber, who won best collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex, closed the night with a medley of his hits, including “Sorry,” ”Where Are U Now” and “What Do You Mean.” Purple laser lights beamed from the stage as the singer danced and sang for the loud audience.

In introducing the songstress, Jared Leto said the attacks in Paris and Mali this month have “changed the world forever” and scarred its population. “Tonight we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that has taken place in Paris and around the world,” Leto said. “The entire world matters, and peace is possible.” Charlie Puth, who locked lips with Meghan Trainor for an extended kiss onstage, said he happened to be near the site of the Paris attacks a few weeks before they happened and felt his heart break at the news. “I want to write a song for Paris,” said the 23-year-old entertainer, whose song “See You Again” was nominated twice at the AMAs. “I don’t want to write another ‘See You Again’ for Paris, but I want to write a song specifically for Paris.” “This is the first time any of them have experienced a tragedy like this, so it’s important for a band like us to articulate ourselves properly so they understand what’s happening,” he said. “What we sing about is important, and it will change what we write about in the future. It was a revelatory moment: while Stefani released two singles last year, since her high-profile divorce from husband Gavin Rossdale in August, she has scrapped her previous comeback material and said she is working on more personal music. But some viewers found Stefani an anti-climax after she was introduced by Jeremy Sisto and Alicia Silverstone – otherwise known as Elton and Cher from Clueless. The rare reunion of the cult teen film was charming, especially when the pair paid tribute to No Doubt, whose song Just A Girl featured in the 1995 Amy Heckerling movie.

Jared Leto, who introduced Dion, said his band 30 Seconds to Mars recently performed at the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where 89 people were killed in the Nov. 13 attack. “Make some noise for Prince, ladies and gentlemen,” the singer said after picking up favorite album — soul/R&B for “Beauty Behind the Madness.” Nicki Minaj was also a double winner, taking home favorite artist and album — rap/hip-hop. But the performance took it up a notch for a splashy, rain-sodden version of Sorry, in which Bieber stood under a stage-wide shower and, some are claiming, mimed. Love you.” Other girls at the awards show encouraged their peers: Zendaya and Hailee Steinfeld danced excited as Selena Gomez performed onstage; Fifth Harmony and Rebel Wilson sang as Demi Lovato was in strong form with “Confident”; and Gomez sang as Grande performed “Focus” in a shimmery number. Video evidence does suggest that the 21-year-old’s mouth was a considerable distance from the microphone at times, but the volume of his singing didn’t change. However, those celebrities in the audience, including Ariana Grande, didn’t seem to care – and nor, presumably, did Bieber, who had claimed his sixth number one album in the US and broke chart records in the UK over the weekend.

Performers included Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, 5 Seconds of Summer and Carrie Underwood, who won favorite female artist — country. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. They returned last night, less than two weeks before the release of what’s rumoured to be their final album to play new song, Adventure of a Lifetime. They matched the elaborate stagecraft of other acts (The Weeknd performed around various equipment that was on fire) with a troupe of dancing gorillas – perhaps a nod to the now-infamous Left Shark of Katy Perry’s Super Bowl performance.

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