With performances by Selena Gomez, Pink, Kelly Clarkson and more it was an absolute certainty the American Music Awards was going to be a blast. Here are the most unforgettable moments from the big show!
I mean honestly, was there ever any doubt that the 2017 AMAs were going to be anything but one of the greatest nights in music this year? We were seriously chomping at the bit to see Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, and more crush it on stage as soon as they were announced as performers. This is Selena’s first performance in over a year after having kidney transplant surgery for gosh sakes! She also got us all worked up into a lather when she teased a sneak peek of her performance on Instagram days before the big show revealing she would be singing her new single “Wolves.” “My first performance in over a year,” said the 25-year-old singer. “The AMAs have been a place where I’ve shared some of my most intimate moments. Heart wants what it wants, after treatment and now Wolves. This Sunday.” Check out Selena and all the other gorgeous celebs on the AMAs red carpet here!
With Tracee Ellis Ross hosting the show, the show kicked off with a ton of laughs as the funny lady did her impression of her mom, Diana Ross, who was sitting front row with granddaughter Ashlee Simpson and the rest of the Ross family. Diana was in the house to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award while Kelly Clarkson and Pink joined forces for the first time ever to kick off the show with a heartfelt duo cover of REM’s, “Everybody Hurts.” The show was packed with talent, stars, awards and epic performances. Check out all the amazing highlights of the 2017 AMAs here!
Selena rocked her new blonde do at the American Music Awards performance and she completely slayed. Covered in blood in a cute nightie, in what looked like a dramatic car accident, she held the world’s attention debuting her new single, “Wolves,” accompanied with Marshmello. The performance was courageous, heartfelt and completely epic, she rules.
Christina took the stage next to honor the late Whitney Houston in a tribute of the 25th anniversary of her hit movie, The Bodyguard… as if you need a reason to hear Xtina belt out some of Whitney’s biggest diva hits. Ms. Christina was brought onto stage by the ever-amazing actress Viola Davis, Christina sang her own versions of, “I Will Always Love You,” “Run To You,” and “I’m Every Woman.” We are sure Whitney is up in heaven smiling down at Christina and the AMA stage.
Brought out by the kids of Stranger Things, Alessia Cara, was accompanied by a string orchestra as she sung her hit “Stay” for the AMA audience. Alessia may be a newcomer to the award show, but with her performance she proved that she has both star power and a beautiful voice… you can bet the 21-year-old will be around for years to come. Good job Alessia, you are a force!
Khalid joined forces with Imagine Dragons for a duo performance that was unforgettable. Khalid began with his hit, “You Dumb & Broke,” before being joined by the Imagine Dragons guys who kicked off with their smash, “Thunder.” Then Khalid came back in for a smash-up moment backed by a band, lasers and some background dudes wearing scary looking masks. It was crazy. With confetti flying and everything else a good concert should have, their combined performance stood out in a night of memorable appearances.
Then there was Pink and her high-flying performance on the side of a building in gorgeous downtown Los Angeles. Pink sang, “Beautiful Trauma,” the title track off her album while suspended maybe 100 feet in the air! Hanging by ropes, Pink danced and bounced off a luxury hotel that sat across from the Microsoft Theater. Accompanied by a hunky dancer, lucky hotel guests got an upclose view of Pink during what may be the performance of the night.
With the Stranger Things kids watching on in the crowd, Niall Horan sang his big hit “Slow Hands,” while wearing a sexy fedora, yummy! Niall soundy sultry, smooth and hit every note perfectly with his band backing him up on the AMA stage. Niall won an award earlier in the night and his performance sounded like a victory anthem, well done Niall!
Making their US debut, BTS, a boy band from Korea, danced across the AMAs stage. Singing their huge hit, “DNA,” BTS had the audience dancing out of their seats. These guys are not quite the Beatles, but after their AMA appearance it is clear they are on their way to taking over the world. Good job guys!
HollywoodLifers, were you as blown away as we were by the AMAs? What was your highlight? Let us know!