One Direction wins Artist of Year at AMAs

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/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.

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. Not satisfied with just her hosting duties, she kicked off the show performing a slowed-down version of her hit Waiting For Tonight before declaring: “Tonight is not about me, tonight is about the music and this year’s music made me want to dance.” Dressed in a sequinned, tribal-print bodysuit, she then broke into a high energy dance routine to hits from Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Fetty Wap, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

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. Harrison Ford took to the stage to introduce American a capella group Pentatonix, who treated Star Wars fans to a breath-taking version of the film’s score.

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. Accompanied by composer John Williams’s orchestra, the five vocalists dressed as characters from the George Lucas films for their performance, with classic scenes from the movies playing behind them. 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. Twenty years after Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill spoke to teenage girls everywhere, she was back on stage to perform one of her biggest hits, You Oughta Know.

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. Miss Piggy and Kermit spoofed Adele’s record-breaking video for her single Hello in an advert for their TV show The Muppets in a break during the ceremony. The black and white video showed Piggy getting a mouthful of leaves as she stands outside in a winter coat in a recreation of the British singer’s smash hit.

It’s also been 20 years since we first lusted after Cher Horowitz’s computerised wardrobe in Clueless and star Alicia Silverstone was reunited with Jeremy Sisto, who played sleazy Elton, on stage at the show. Introducing an epic performance from Gwen Stefani of her single Used To Love You, the pair recalled that their movie featured a song called Just A Girl from an up-and-coming band called No Doubt. 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. It’s been a huge year for the Canadian singer and he topped it off by picking up two AMAs – but the real highlight of his night was his performance of his new single The Hills. The dreadlocked rapper walked through blazing arches and poles for an electrifying performance and Meghan Trainor and Wiz Khalifa were both spotted rapping along in the audience.

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