Last night the 2014 American Music Awards, the biggest fan voted award show, aired on ABC. The awards show featured performances by Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and One Direction just to name a few. There were some highlights of the night (namely Sam Smith and J. Lo) and as always there were some moments we wish never happened. Taylor Swift was awarded the first ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence (whatever that is), Lil Wayne performed with his new “bae” Christina Milian in a less than stellar performance, and J. Lo put performers young enough to be her child to shame.
Let’s start with some of my favorite moments of the night such as Sam Smith’s performance with ASAP Rocky. How can you not love Sam’s voice and the simplicity of his performance. The talent is real when you need nothing but a mic and your voice. I also have to give it to J. Lo who put most 20 somethings to shame with her performance of “Booty” with Iggy Azalea. There’s not much to say about Iggy or the song for that matter but did y’all see the moves of Ms. Lopez?? Come on the woman is 45 years old! I’m a huge fan of Ariana Grande and I have to say I loved both of her performances. She first performed her latest hit single “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd and towards the end of the night she performed “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj (Jessie was sangin’ for Jesus-girlfriend can blow). Ariana continues to show that she’s all grown now and the AMAs were no different; she was dropping and popping it on stage like nobody’s business. Another Big Sean influence? Anywho on to the next highlight of the night was Wyclef Jean taking the stage with Magic! for their performance of the reggae inspired hit “Rude”. I personally like the song but I know a lot of people who aren’t thrilled with the “white boys singing reggae” thing. I think Wyclef was a nice touch.
Now on to the less than desirable moments of the night which I have to start with Lil Wayne and his side chick of the moment, Christina Milian. For a duo that is supposedly dating they lack chemistry on all level. Not to mention Christina Milian also leaves much to be desired with her vocals and that horrid outfit. Once again, I would say Charli XCX disappointed the masses (what’s new?) as she tried to be extra tough punk-chic with her no singing, talent-less self. What’s even worse is the one who really put her on, Iggy Azalea, was not much better. Iggy left all the foot work to her dancers (no pun intended). I mean Fergie probably raps better than Iggy. Taylor Swift, who opened the show had a decent performance but she makes my less than desirable moments just for the fact that she came off as being a slightly crazy and stalker-ish ex-(girl)friend. It’s like her true colors came shining through for once.
And just like there were shining and not so shining moments there were also some just blase moments. These are the moments that I think we’ve all come to expect from an award show. Teen heart throbs in the form of One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer both took the stage. Shade was definitely thrown by 1D fans as they tweeted about the 5 SOS cover performance instead of an original song. Mary J Blige performed and to me it was the same show she always puts on so nothing new. Lorde performed the title song off of the newest “Hunger Games” soundtrack which she wrote and curated in it’s entirety. While I won’t knock her musical talents I just have one question, doesn’t she ever get dizzy doing those “dance moves”?
The night was filled to the brim with moments that were memorable for both good and bad reasons but overall it was your typical awards show. There were no surprises on the winners as I predicted every last winner (just ask my mom). When the voting is left up to the public (i.e. teenage girls) the winners are always predictable. No shade but why did One Direction win 3 awards? It’s just something to think about and let marinate. Until next time, much love!