Best and Worst Moments from the 2013 American Music Awards
ABC aired the 41st annual American Music Awards last night and though the red carpet looks were a bit lackluster, the show itself gave us a few moments worth talking about.
Lil Mama may have killed it as Left Eye in VH1’s TLC biopic, but her performance with the surviving members of the group tanked. Not only was Lil Mama on a different pace from T-Boz and Chilli, but the group seemed bored and tired throughout their whole performance.
R. Kelly jumped on stage with Lady Gaga to perform their single “Do What You Want”. The Pied Piper must’ve had a lot of creative control over the performance as it was the most theatrical of the night. It’s unclear which president the duo was trying to portray – JFK & Marilyn Monroe? Olivia and Fitz? – but R. Kelly played the president with Gaga as his staff member/mistress. It was a great attempt but their chemistry was just non-existent. As if things weren’t awkward enough, an image of Gaga’s younger self playing piano appeared towards the end of the performance. Singing suggestive lyrics to R. Kelly as images of a minor are onstage? Do what you want with that thought.
Miley closed the drawn out awards singing her hit single “Wrecking Ball”. Vocally, she did better than most but viewers were too distracted by her extremely high cut bikini bottoms and a GIF of a cat lip-syncing behind her. Though milder than as of late, her attention craving antics distracted from what could’ve been the best performance of the evening.
Performance of the night goes to J. Lo’s tribute to the legendary Celia Cruz. Her vocal chords couldn’t compare to the late salsa singer but J.Lo served up her best teased high ponytail and dancing skills while performing a medley of La Reina’s songs including “Quimbara” and “Carnaval”.
This year’s award winners were a bit predictable. Ariana Grande was crowned “New Artist of the Year” while One Direction took home “Favorite Band/Duo/Group – Pop/Rock “and “Favorite Album – Pop/Rock.” Once again, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominated the hip-hop categories winning “Favorite Artist” and Favorite Album”. The duo was performing in Miami and took their acceptance speech as an opportunity to bring awareness to the dangers of racial profiling.
Who took home the most awards? You guessed it – Taylor Swift. This time she wasn’t surprised to collect , “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock”, “Favorite Female Artist -Country”, “Favorite Country Album ” and her third “Artist of the Year”. Justin Timberlake followed closely behind with three awards in the”Favorite Male Artist- Pop/Rock”, “Favorite Male ArtistSoul/R&B”, and “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” categories.