American Music Awards 2015: The winners list

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American Music Awards: Who won the big prizes?.

Jennifer Lopez has blown away music fans and fellow performers with a show-stopping dance medley at the American Music Awards – and a Kiwi is getting the credit. She and her dance crew burst into action, performing to a mash-up of the biggest pop hits of 2015, including Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, Beyonce’s 7/11 and Drake’s Hotline Bling – paired with her own take on his cringeworthy (and meme-tastic) dance moves. Preliminary returns give the three-hour music kudos a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49 and just a hair shy of 11 million viewers. (That’s mostly in line with 2014, which brought a 3.8 rating in the key demo and 11.6 million viewers with final adjustments.) Compared to last week’s Sunday Night Football, NBC’s Bengals-Cardinals match-up was off 14 percent from last week’s preliminary score for a tentative 5.6 rating in the key demo. Meanwhile, Swift won the song of the year award for her track “Blank Space.” The prize for favorite male artist in the pop/rock category went to Ed Sheeran, while Ariana Grande captured the favorite female artist in pop/rock award. Among her dancers were six New Zealanders, including five women from world hip-hop dance champs ReQuest NZ, part of Goebel’s Auckland-based The Palace dance studio.

After the performance, Goebel, 23, wrote on Facebook: “Such a privilege to work on JL’s opening number for the AMA’s and to have 5 of my girls & Lance perform was truly a blessing.” “She gave me my first big break in the industry and to meet up 3 years later to put this together. That said, The Simpsons still climbed to a robust 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 before new episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7 adults), Family Guy (1.6 adults) and The Last Man on Earth (1.3 adults) were similarly improved. On CBS, 60 Minutes (1.5 adults), Madam Secretary (1.1 adults), The Good Wife (0.9 adults) and CSI: Cyber (0.9 adults) were all down from the previous week’s NFL overrun lift. In contrast, a dancer’s genitalia is only worth half as much – an additional allowance of $35.43 (which will rise to $36.49 in January) is paid to Sydney Dance Company performers. Opera performers are also paid more for revealing other body parts onstage – bums and bare breasts (women only) earn an additional $43.90 for each stage rehearsal or show, while “skimpy costumes that show bare buttocks” will net performers $27, according to the agreement negotiated between Opera Australia and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance this year. “The grey area is say in The Ring Cycle or The Turk in Italy where women were in bikinis – not nude or semi-nude but still confronting for them,” she says. “If you are a permanent employee at OA or the Australian Ballet, you can’t negotiate these things as easily so a nudity allowance becomes more important,” she says.

Nudity makes an eye-catching, if occasional, appearance on stages – although performers have cast off clothes for several shows in Sydney this month. However, STC spokesman Tim McKeough says Rush is likely to remain trousered: “Another actor may be naked at some point in the show but as with anything in rehearsals, as things are being tried and tested, that particular aspect may be cut before the show opens.” There was also an outbreak of nudity at Carriageworks, with French choreographer Xavier Le Roy and 18 performers dancing around naked as part of the latest Kaldor Public Art Project. But former principal artist Jud Arthur is more forthcoming about stripping off to play Fafner in The Melbourne Ring Cycle in 2013 – a role he will reprise next year. “It’s not sort of gratuitous nudity,” he says. “There is a clear plot reason for it.

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