American Music Awards 2015: 23 things you didn’t see on TV

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

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.Sunday’s 2015 American Music Awards has Jennifer Lopez as host, Justin Bieber performing a medley of his hits, and lots of other celebrities drawing attention for what they’re wearing on the red carpet. Friends With AMAs Benefits: If there’s any question that Trainor and Pluth are more than just friends, you had to see what we saw after their performance—or didn’t see, that is.

Critics and fans alike are undoubtedly analyzing the attire — the good, the bad and the downright ugly — of the musical stars arriving at the awards show, which is airing live at 8 p.m. 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.

The Weeknd, who took home favourite soul/R&B artist and favourite soul/R&B album; and Nicki Minaj, who won favourite rap/hip-hop artist and favourite rap/hip-hop album. We have a young fan base, and were almost the communicators of what’s going on in the world.” Skrillex, who won collaboration of the year for “Where Are U Now” with Diplo and Justin Bieber, didn’t mention Paris specifically, but said, “There’s so much negative stuff in the world right now that it’s up to us to be positive right now.” Hug It Out: Bieber was so grateful for his soaking wet performance that after the applause died down, he hugged each of his dancers before leaving the stage. Yes, Sunday night’s show, airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, often made you wonder if the AMAs had forgotten their place as a young, fan-voted alternative to the more august Grammy Awards and the proudly edgy MTV Video Music Awards.

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. Eager to stand out in an increasingly crowded award-show scene, the production doubled down on would-be big moments but ended up sacrificing much of its breezy charm. (For what it’s worth, the night’s big winners — including One Direction, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande — stuck tight to the AMAs’ established brand. 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. But performances, not trophies, were what mattered here.) The show started promisingly, with Jennifer Lopez doing a few bars of her song “Waiting for Tonight,” then stopping the music to announce with a not-quite-straight face, “Tonight’s not about me.” That was the cue for an impressive sequence in which Lopez, also the show’s host, moved with real fire to some of the year’s most indelible pop hits, including the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” It felt like fandom professionalized, precisely what an awards show should do.

The Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer was fun too, bashing through an appealingly scrappy version of its pop-punk song “Hey Everybody!” And Coldplay appeared to be having a good time in “Adventure of a Lifetime,” which for some reason featured the band’s grinning frontman, Chris Martin, dancing alongside several people in gorilla suits. (You want coherence? 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.

Frankie Grande made a beeline to Rebel Wilson for a hug and Joe Jonas gave one of the biggest hugs of the night to celeb body guard Big Rob (FYI: He was protecting The Weeknd last night). Teaming with Demi Lovato for the groundbreaking “You Oughta Know,” Morissette failed to muster the intensity that might’ve shown a new generation the impact her song has had on today’s young stars. 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. Nicki Minaj walked off stage arm-in-arm with Kylie Jenner after the E! reality star and supermodel Gigi Hadid presented the “Anaconda” diva with the favorite rap/hip-hop album award for her The Pinkprint. 4.

And One Direction, the British boy band on a lengthy farewell tour before it goes on hiatus next year, seemed utterly bored in a performance of “Perfect,” hardly up to the task of a weepy emotional display. Stick ‘Em Up: You’d think the pink glow sticks that were handed out to the audience for Bieber’s performance would be emblazoned with his name or one of this song titles. 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. Before Dion performed, Jared Leto gave a sober, seemingly heartfelt speech in which he spoke up in favor of immigration and described one Parisian’s refusal to give into fear. 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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