Bieber tops One Direction on Billboard chart, but Adele on the horizon

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1D Wins Big At American Music Awards, Dion Pays Tribute To Paris Victims.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the top award at Sunday’s American Music Awards. There is currently no better example of love’s surprising adaptability, the curious way it can lie dormant and then suddenly re-flower, bright and new and different, than the love shared by Canadian expat Justin Bieber and his lady fair, singer and wizard Selena Gomez. “Justin and Selena??” you might ask. “Didn’t they call it quits a while ago?” And you wouldn’t be wrong.

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. The two were at the Montage hotel bar on Friday night, and at one point Bieber grabbed a microphone—there was a piano-bar setup—and crooned “My Girl” and a slowed-down version of his new hit “Sorry” to Selena, and, of course, to everyone else at the hotel bar. Bieber’s performance wasn’t the only well-received one: Celine Dion paid tribute to the victims of the recent Paris attacks by singing Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” in French as some audience members cried. 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.

She encouraged her feverish fans to “find their voice.” “I want to just thank you, the fans, for allowing me to change and have a different voice every time I come back out (with a new album),” Minaj said. “And please find your voice and find your purpose before it’s too late. 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. I mean, if you were out on a Friday night, even in glitzy, star-filled Beverly Hills, and Justin Bieber started singing “My Girl” to his famous ex, wouldn’t you, I dunno, put down the pinot grigio and stop talking about work to turn and watch? But it would appear the producers did not oblige, because the pair was definitely not sitting next to each other during any of last night’s broadcast, nor were they even seen on the red carpet together. I suppose their staying separate on the carpet could be seen as a sign that they’re not together at all, but maybe they’re just trying to keep it lower profile right now.

But when there’s been a jilting, when there’s been a heartbreak, and then it’s rebuilt, it has to be treated carefully, for a little while, anyway. Maybe now that they’re a little older than they once were—just as we all, save the dead, are a little older than we once were—Justin and Selena realize that they can’t rush or put too much weight on this thing while the glue dries.

Maybe they think they’ve finally figured out how to make this crazy connection work, so they’re being patient, communicating, waiting, breathing and blinking. Or, y’know, they’re just a couple of weird pop stars and sometimes weird pop stars sing to their exes at piano bars because it’s nice to get the attention and feel warm in the glow of your own talent. It’s entirely possible that this little Friday-night serenade session was all narcissistic and cynical, and that’s why the other patrons didn’t much respond, because they could sense it, palpably, powerfully, in the air.

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