Highlights and High-Flying from the 2017 AMAs

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Did you see Pink at the 2017 American music awards? You couldn’t miss her because she performed the opening act along with Kelly Clarkson, singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” and then she did a high-flying performance on the side of JW Marriott Hotel as her follow-up.

Pick performs on the side of the Marriot

Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the show was broadcast live Sunday night on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. It featured and highlighted female performers, including Selena GomezDemi Lovato and Lady Gaga, who appeared via satellite from her concert in Washington, D.C.

Christina Aguilera performs WhitneyNot to be outdone was Christina Aguilera, who did a medley tribute to Whitney Houston for the 25th anniversary of “The Bodyguard.” While Christina has garnered mixed reviews on the performance itself, she no doubt, left the audience and viewers with beautiful memories of Houston, who won the most AMA’s of any female singer.



Music magic continued with a second performance by Clarkson. She, too, reminded us why she has been a winner ever since American Idol. Clarkson began her medley with her first big single, “Miss Independent.” Then came her new single, “Love So Soft,” from her latest album, Meaning of Life.

Kelly Clarkson at 2017 AMAs

The night ended with a music diva tribute to Diana Ross, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was her grandson Raif Kendrick who stole the show, however. When she invited her grandchildren on stage to dance as she sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” he made his own show, dancing and strutting behind his grandmother.

Diana Ross with grandson

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Honoree Diana Ross performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In accepting the honor, Ross tearfully said, “This is all about love, This is my family and I’m sending love out there to each and everyone one of you—our global family. I’m so humbled. I love you so very much and I think you know that. I really, really love you so very much and I will hold onto this beautiful honor. Thank you.”

The AMAs was certainly a great night for past, current and even prospective music divas, courtesy of contestant samples from American Idol.  Like Idol, AMA winners are chosen by fans unlike most other major award shows. This year’s winners include:

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars


New Artist of the Year

Niall Horan


Collaboration of the Year

“Despacito” Luis Fonsi Ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber


Tour of the Year



Video of the Year

Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”


Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock

Bruno Mars


Favorite Female Artist – Pop Rock

Lady Gaga


Favorite Album – Pop/Rock

Bruno Mars “24k Magic”


Favorite Song – Pop/Rock

Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber “Despacito”


Favroite Male Artist – Country

Keith Urban


Favorite Female Artist – Country

Carrie Underwood


Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B

Bruno Mars


Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B



Favorite Album – Soul/R&B

Bruno Mars “24k Magic”


Favorite Song – Soul/R&B

Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”


Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock

Linkin Park


Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Shawn Mendes


Favorite Artist – Latin



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