It’s one of the biggest nights in music, and the 2013 American Music Awards didn’t disappoint on Nov. 23 when A-Listers hit the red carpet. Rapper Pitbull hosted the awards show, which was broadcasted live from the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles.
Katy Perry kicked off the American Music Awards and perform her latest single, “Unconditionally.” draped in a traditional Japanese dress, the pop singer was joined by dancers.
The night’s host Pitbull and Ke$ha teamed up for a performance of “Timber.”
Performances were plentiful throughout the night, with the members of One Direction showing off their vocal talents with a stripped-down verstion of “Story of My Life.”
Lady Gaga began her performance by answering a series of phone calls, the last one being from R. Kelly, or “President Kelly,” as Gaga called him. They then performed their hit song, “Do What U Want”
Taylor Swift earned top honors at the 2013 American Music Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles, winning artist of the year in the fan-voted event. The country/pop starlet beat out fellow nominees Macklemore & Lewis, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.
Rihanna swooped up her seventh American Music Award — favorite soul/R&B female artist. It marked the third time she’s won the AMA in that category. Later in the night, the first-ever Icon Award also went to the R&B/pop star, with an introduction by Bill Maher, who said that Rihanna “has become the voice of our time.” Her mother graced the stage to present her superstar daughter with the honor, saying, “Tonight I applaud and admire for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. It’s amazing how you I’m so blessed to be part of this historic moment.”
Single of the year — a new award — went to Florida Georgia Line and Nelly for their hit “Cruise,” topping Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis accepted the favorite rap/hip-hop album award via live satellite from Miami. They got serious during their acceptance speech, talking about racial profiling and citing the Trayvon Martin case. Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, said, “Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it. This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.” They later did a performance live from Miami, which was broadcast on the show.
Miley Cyrus helped closed out the three-hour show with “Wrecking Ball”. Her performance was kitty inspired. You can read between the lines.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Winner: Taylor Swift