AMAs: Ariana Grande Gets Teary Thanking Grandmother In Heartfelt Acceptance Speech

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

American Music Awards: Best and worst moments, from One Direction to Coldplay to Bieber.

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.

While watching the American Music Awards, it’s fun to try and spot the really famous people in the audience so you can foreshadow who will win an award. In introducing the songstress, Jared Leto said the terrorist 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.” Meanwhile, while One Direction One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the artist of the year award on Sunday. 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. J-Lo was given little to do as actual host — but she and her chorus of back-up dancers were mesmerizing as the songs of 2015 played in the background, from “Anaconda,” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Bad Blood” to “Trap Queen,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Hotline Bling.” It’s usually too easy to make fun of One Direction, but the guys were humble and appeared genuinely moved by the final award, winning the prize for the second year in a row. They thanked the fans for sticking by them for years and noted “we’re going on a little break now to spend time with our families.” Plus, their performance of latest single “Perfect” was just the right amount of flashy without going over the top.

Only because it was a cheap trick to make people Google “Are Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth dating?” No, they’re not — the collaborators end the “Marvin Gaye” music video the same way. Just a very distracting set piece as the band played the new “Adventure of a Lifetime.” Gorillas — apparently a theme in the band’s upcoming video — ran around the stage while the neon colors and balloons and confetti made it difficult to concentrate on the actual song. Kendrick’s inside joke-filled acceptance speech for the “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack flew over everyone’s head and made us wish that she had given her co-stars Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld a chance at the microphone. “I know this is annoying,” Kendrick said as she pulled out a piece of paper to read a list of names.

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