This year, the American Music Awards were hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Music award shows always get me hyped up because I’m one of those people who will have never cared to listen to a given song until hearing it live, and then only listen to that song for the next month. If you happened to miss the live show, we have the highlights and winners for you here at Cliché Magazine. So when all your friends are buzzing about all the nitty gritty details, you won’t have to awkwardly remain silent or blurt out that Taylor Swift’s performance was your favorite because spoiler alert: she wasn’t there. Don’t worry though, we got you covered with the Top 7 highlights and winners of the 2015 AMAs.
- That Time J.Lo tried to be humble
Jennifer Lopez kicked off the show with “Waiting For Tonight,” putting the audience’s applause to a halt when she said that this night wasn’t about her. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one because she slayed the performance like no one else could have ever done. In reality, it’s J.Lo’s world and we’re all just living in it. Cutting this melody short, she moved on to perform a medley of a variety of this year’s hit songs including, “Uptown Funk,” “Anaconda,” “Bad Blood,” and more! As always, Jenny from the Block danced her butt off! (But on a serious note, how does her butt not fall off with the amount of booty shaking that she does? The world will never know.)
- Meghan Trainor Made Out with Charlie Puth
“Oh my god! That was one time!” (Mean Girls reference was needed). I’m not really sure if this was a publicity stunt or if there’s something going on between the two, but either way, this was definitely one of the most talked about events of the night. It is a little upsetting that this is going to overshadow her performance of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” along with her duet with Charlie Puth of “Marvin Gaye,” because those were ten times more AH-MAZING.
- Gwen Stefani Just Kind of Stood There
Performing “Used to Love You,” somehow Gwen Stefani managed to literally just stand on the stage and do nothing, while making us all feel as though we were listening to Adele’s “Hello” for the first time. Though she didn’t move much, I think I can speak for the majority when I say that she definitely moved us. Emotional and heart-clenching – Gwen Stefani effortlessly displayed the power of simplicity.
- Nick Jonas Had More Fun Than Anyone Else
Oh, Nick (we’re on a first name basis now). There are so many ways to describe his medley of hits performance, but the one thing that stood out was just how much fun he was having the entire time! Starting off with a piano ballad of “Chains,” the singer picked up the tempo with “Levels” and “Jealous.” Not only that, but he brought on his own gospel choir and performed a little drum solo. As he was hippity-hopping on the stage Kanye West style, you could tell that Nick Jonas was having the time of his life, which in turn, made the viewers have the time of their lives. Happiness must be contagious because there is no other explanation for that kind of mood transference.
- Coldplay Made Us Feel Alive Again
Chris Martin was moving and grooving around the stage and we were all moving and grooving along with him. Then came the dancing chimps and then balloons filled the air, along with Coldplay’s signature confetti. *Flashback to the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival when the janitors had to clean all the confetti up until the waking hours of the morning* – Sorry, again! Basically, no one understood what was happening, kind of like the first time we all watched Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” music video. It was random, weird, and by far, one of my favorite performances of the night!
- Alanis Morissette Threw it Back to the ‘90s
Alanis Morissette brought nostalgia and Demi Lovato to the stage with her performance of “You Oughta Know,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill. If you were born after the ‘90s and you still didn’t know what was happening, I will ask you to kindly re-evaluate your life choices. Nonetheless, this performance was filled with female empowerment and I can bet that if you weren’t able to sing along, you were eagerly typing in “What are the lyrics to ‘You Oughta Know’” on Google. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone!
- Justin Bieber Made it Rain
Being the last act of the night, Justin Bieber began with a simple acoustic version of “What Do You Mean,” and then transitioned to another one of his hit singles, “Where Are Ü Now.” Finishing off with “Sorry,” Bieber sang with rain just casually pouring over him, which I will argue was an enticing and thrilling moment for both the audience AND the janitors (who were most likely crossing their fingers that it might just wash away some of Coldplay’s lingering confetti).
Winners of the Night
Artist of the Year – One Direction
New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s – Sam Hunt
Song of the Year – Taylor Swift “Blank Space”
Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile – Skrillex & Diplo Ft. Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now”
Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) – Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock) – Ariana Grande
Favorite Duo or Group (Pop/Rock) – One Direction
Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) – Taylor Swift 1989
Favorite Male Artist (Country) – Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist (Country) – Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group (Country) – Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album (Country) – Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes
Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Album (Rap/Hip-Hop) – Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint
Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) – The Weeknd
Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) – Rihanna
Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) – The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
Favorite Artist (Alternative Rock) – Fall Out Boy
Favorite Artist (Adult Contemporary) – Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist (Latin) – Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Artist (Contemporary Inspirational) – Casting Crowns
Favorite Artist (Electronic Dance Music) – Calvin Harris
Top Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect 2
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