Top Moments at the 2017 AMAs
By Cailyn Carr 11/21/17
The 45th annual American Music Awards was held on Sunday, featuring performers that ranged from Christina Aguilera to Korean boy band BTS. Tracee Ellis Ross, daughter of legendary Diana Ross and star of the sitcom Black-ish, hosted the show.
Pink and Kelly Clarkson delivered a gospel-tinged duet of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” that showcased the women’s talent and range. Clarkson continued with a medley of her songs, old and new. Pink followed with an aerial performance of her new single, “Beautiful Trauma,” while tethered by ropes to the nearby Marriott Hotel.
Selena Gomez shocked fans with not only a new platinum blonde head of hair but also a horror movie-esque performance that is out of the ordinary for the pop singer. In the first televised performance of her new single, “Wolves,” Gomez was clad in a nightgown and set in what appeared to be a zombie-ridden forest. The performance ended with Gomez bloodied at the head and at the knees, a somewhat unsettling image for fans who know about her health problems. Some accused the star of lip-syncing, but Gomez denies it.
Christina Aguilera dedicated her AMAs performance to honor the late Whitney Houston. In honor of its looming 25th anniversary, Aguilera performed a medley of four songs from Houston’s 1992 thriller, The Bodyguard. Camera shots of Pink’s face during Aguilera’s performance were used by some on Twitter who said that she disapproved of it. Pink snapped back, writing on Twitter that she was “in awe of Christina’s talent.”
Korean boy band BTS made their American television debut with a synchronized dance to their hit song “DNA.” The Kpop group received a lot of love from the women in the audience, finally filling the boy band void left empty by the breakup of One Direction.