The 2015 American Music Awards (AMAs), hosted by Jennifer Lopez, took place on Sunday, Nov. 22. Lopez started the show by singing a slowed-down version of her song “Waiting for Tonight” then dancing to some of this year’s hottest singles including “Hotline Bling” by Drake, “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, and “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, along with others.
The show had a lot of big stars perform such as Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor (with Charlie Puth), Demi Lovato, The Weekend, One Direction, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nick Jonas, and many more. A performance that caught the eyes of many was the Star Wars tribute by the a cappella group, Pentatonix, dressed in Star Wars inspired clothing. Celine Dion took the stage that night with her tribute to Paris by singing Edith Piaf’s “Hymne a L’Amour” (“Ode to Love”) in French. Actor Jared Leto introduced Dion by saying “France matters. Russia matters. Syria matters. Mali matters. The Middle East matters. The United States matters. The entire world matters and peace is possible.” Another thing that had viewers glued to their screen was the kiss shared between Trainor and Puth after their performance. Was it a hint as a new celebrity couple or just a publicity stunt? Only time will tell.
There are a number of awards presented at the AMA’s and many more talented artists nominated, but these were the winners:
· Artist of the Year - One Direction
· New Artist of the Year - Sam Hunt
· Single of the Year – “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift)
· Favorite Pop/Rock Album - 1989 (Taylor Swift)
· Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist - Ed Sheeran
· Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist - Ariana Grande
· Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group - One Direction
· Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album - The Pinkprint (Nicki Minaj)
· Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist - Nicki Minaj
· Favorite Soul/R&B Album - Beauty Behind the Madness (The Weekend)
· Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist - Rihanna
· Favorite Country Album - Anything Goes (Florida Georgia Line)
· Favorite Country Male Artist - Luke Bryan
· Favorite Country Female Artist - Carrie Underwood
· Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group - Florida Georgia Line
· Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist - Taylor Swift
· Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist - Casting Crowns
· Favorite Latin Artist - Enrique Iglesias
· Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist - Calvin Harris
· Favorite Soundtrack - Pitch Perfect 2
Our grand-winner for this year is Taylor Swift, who won three awards that night; the most out of anyone this year.