Best & Worst Moments From the 43rd American Music Awards

Best & Worst Moments From the 43rd American Music Awards #AMAs

Did you catch the 43rd American Music Awards? What an amazing show! Check out our thoughts on the best and worst moments of the night! #AMAs
Yesterday, the 43rd Annual American Music Awards were held in Los Angeles. This year, we have Jennifer Lopez hosting the ceremony. She also is the one opening the show, staring off by singing her song, Waiting for Tonight and then sings a medley of hit songs from this year’s nominated songs. It was a good number, complete with an array of dancers.

43rd Annual American Music Awards Recap

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The first award of the night is presented by Prince. He is wearing sunglasses. Really? He does know that he is inside a building right? I always found him to be strange. The award is Best Soul/R&B Album, which does to The Weekend for the album Beauty Behind the Madness.

After Lopez talks about how she always had a dream of hosting the AMA’s, Hannah Davis and Wiz Khalifa introduce the performance of 5 Seconds of Summer, who perform Hey Everybody. While they are great performers, they certainly are no One Direction.

Next up to perform is Selena Gomez, singing her hit song Same Old Love. I love this song, I love her voice, I just love her. I loved the long staircase for props.

Nicki Minaj is next to present Best Pop/Rock Duo or Group. I love Nicki, while I get that many people don’t. She is a bit rough around the edges at time but she is genuine. I had no doubt that One Direction would win this and they did. This is their third year winning this award.

Jenny McCarthy introduces Carrie Underwood, performing her song Heartbeat. Okay, I love love love Carrie Underwood but Jenny McCarthy is just nothing more than a fake, stuck-up snob. Anyways, Carrie looks beautiful as always in a stunning red dress. The song is a dedication to her husband, Mike Fisher.
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Demi Lovato performs her song Confident. She looks like a cross between a 40’s burlesque star and a Goth girl. Not sure if I like what she is wearing but she does have a gorgeous voice.

Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson introduce Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth. Trainor takes the stage first to sing Like I’m Going to Lose You and then Puth appears to sing a duet with her, Marvin Gaye. When the song ends, the two share a long, long kiss. Are these two dating? I certainly hope they are and that she doesn’t just kiss everyone like this.

Kelsea Ballarini and Florida Georgia Line present the award for Favorite Country Male Artist. The award went to Luke Bryan. While I like Luke, I so think Jason Aldean should have gotten the award.

Ariana Grande takes the stage to perform her song Focus. Not a huge fan of hers but the song has a couple of high notes that she hits so well.

Tyrese Gibson (with his adorable daughter) and Wilmer Valderrama present the award for Top Soundtrack. The award was given to Pitch Perfect 2, which is fitting since it is a movie where they sing a lot.

Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner present the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Okay, is there any show that doesn’t involve a Kardashian or a Jenner? They seem to be everywhere, on almost every show. Anywho, Nicki Minaj gets the award for PinkPrint. Well, no surprise there. I knew she would win over J. Cole and Drake.

Zendaya introduces One Direction, who perform their song Perfect. I love these guys. It is too bad they are taking a break. I just hope they are not splitting up for good. They have so much talent.

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Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto introduce Gwen Stefani, singing Used to Love You. Thought we would see a shot of Blake Shelton in the audience but I don’t think he was there.

Okay I have to admit that the Jonas Brothers were my obsession, specifically Nick. Little Nick is all grown up now and singing solo. The band DNCE introduces him and he performs a medley of his songs including Chains, Levels and Jealous. It was a great performance until a gospel choir appears to sing Jealous. It was a bit odd I think.

Jennifer Lopez presents the award for New Artist of the Year to Sam Hunt. Wow! I am surprised a country star won this. Not that I am complaining since I am a huge fan of country music.

Hailee Steinfeld and Shawn Mendes introduce Walk the Moon, who perform Shut Up and Dance. Interesting song for a rather interesting group.

Paula Abdul is here people. She is so 80’s but she is here presenting with Donnie Wahlberg. Speaking of so 80’s…Donnie Wahlberg? Really? Anywho, the award is for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and is presented to Ariana Grande. Wait, what? Taylor Swift didn’t win? Oh thank you, thank you, thank you.

Fall Out Boy introduces Coldplay, who sing Adventure of a Lifetime. Yeah, this song is an adventure alright. Let me lay this out for you. The performance consisted of psychedelic stuff in the background, pastel balloons and confetti in the audience and dancing gorillas onstage. Yes, dancing gorillas. Well, they weren’t actual gorillas but still. Ok, we can move on from this performance anytime now.

Norman Reedus presents the award for Female Country Female Artist to Carrie Underwood. Again this was extremely predictable although I thought Miranda Lambert had a decent chance of winning too.

Ashley Benson and Tove Lo introduce The Weekend, who performs The Hills. I was surprised to see all the pyrotechnics here since I didn’t think the network would allow all of that. But, all in all it was a great performance.

Puff Daddy, Diddy, Sean Combs, whatever he calls himself today presents the award for Collaboration of the Year to Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber for Where Are You Now. I have to say I have never heard the song before in my life. I was hoping that See You Again would win this but no such luck.

Little Big Town introduces Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild who sing their duet, Home Alone Tonight. She has such a beautiful voice and combined with Bryan’s vocals, makes for an amazing performance.

Taylor Lautner and Terry Crews introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, along with Leon Bridges performing the song Kevin. If you have never heard of this song, and many haven’t since it is fairly new, you need to listen to it. It is a powerful song about holding big pharmaceutical companies responsible for the deaths of prescription drug addicts. They totally have the best performance of the night in my opinion.

Fifth Harmony presents the award for Favorite Alternative Artist to Fall Out Boy. I have to admit that even though I like their music, I never knew they were alternative. I always considered them mainstream rock. Guess I learned something new.

Anna Kendrick introduces the duet featuring Alanis Morisette and Demi Lovato, singing Morisette’s hit song You Oughta Know. I liked this song decades ago when Alanis released it but adding Demi to the mix just wasn’t a smart move.

Ellie Goulding and Julianna Hough present the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist to Nicki Minaj. Again this is no surprise since there was no way that Drake or Fetty Wap were gonna win.

Jared Leto introduces Celine Dion, who gives an emotional performance tribute to those affected by the recent Paris attacks. The song was in French but I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house, or anywhere for that matter.
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A new scene from the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shown. Harrison Ford introduces Pentatonix, who performs the score from Star Wars. Wow, they are all in costume and are joined by an orchestra during the song. These guys can sing let me tell you.

Miss America, Betty Cantrell and Kevin O’Leary present the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist to The Weekend. His second win of the night.

Jeremy Renner presents the last award of the night for Artist of the Year to One Direction. This is their second year winning this award. So predictable though.

Ciara introduces the final performance of the night, Justin Bieber. He starts off performing What Do You Mean with an acoustic guitar. Kind of slow and boring. Justin really isn’t an acoustic type person. However, he then performs Where Are You which is much better. However, he was dressed in torn jeans and a hoodie. He does know this is an award show right?

Jennifer Lopez closes out the 43rd Annual American Music Awards !

Winners of the 43rd Annual American Music Awards

Here is a recap of all the winners, along with the award given off-air!


  • Luke Bryan
  • Ariana Grande
  • Maroon 5
  • Nicki Minaj
  • One Direction — WINNER
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith
  • Taylor Swift
  • Meghan Trainor
  • The Weeknd


  • Fetty Wap
  • Sam Hunt — WINNER
  • Tove Lo
  • Walk The Moon
  • The Weeknd


  • Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth “See You Again”
  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!”
  • Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Taylor Swift “Blank Space” — WINNER
  • The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”


  • Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth “See You Again”
  • Rihanna & Kanye West Featuring Paul McCartney “FourFiveSeconds”
  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!”
  • Skrillex & Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now” — WINNER
  • Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar “Bad Blood”


  • Nick Jonas
  • Ed Sheeran — WINNER
  • Sam Smith


  • Ariana Grande — WINNER
  • Taylor Swift
  • Meghan Trainor


  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction — WINNER
  • Walk The Moon


  • Ed Sheeran x
  • Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour
  • Taylor Swift 1989 — WINNER


  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan — WINNER
  • Sam Hunt


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Carrie Underwood — WINNER


  • Zac Brown Band
  • Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
  • Little Big Town


  • Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt
  • Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes — WINNER
  • Sam Hunt Montevallo


  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Nicki Minaj — WINNER


  • J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  • Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint — WINNER


  • Chris Brown
  • Trey Songz
  • The Weeknd — WINNER


  • Beyoncé
  • Mary J.  Blige
  • Rihanna — WINNER


  • Chris Brown X
  • D’Angelo and The Vanguard Black Messiah
  • The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness — WINNER


  • Fall Out Boy — WINNER
  • Hozier
  • Walk The Moon


  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift — WINNER
  • Meghan Trainor


  • Enrique Iglesias — WINNER
  • Ricky Martin
  • Romeo Santos


  • Casting Crowns — WINNER
  • Hillsong United
  • MercyMe


  • Calvin Harris — WINNER
  • David Guetta
  • Zedd


  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
  • Pitch Perfect 2 — WINNER

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29 thoughts on “Best & Worst Moments From the 43rd American Music Awards #AMAs

  1. I missed the entire show, but I have seen some featured parts of the show. Honestly, I think Jennifer Lopez is getting too old for outfits like the ones she wore for the awards night. Just my two cents. She is still sexy though.

  2. I totally missed the show when it was on the other night, so thanks for the recap 🙂

  3. I really loved Celine Dion’s tribute to those affected by the recent Paris attacks. It was so beautiful!

  4. Wow the One Direction kids look grown up. I haven’t seen them for awhile.

  5. It is always fun to see what celebrities wear to these shows. It would be fun to get dressed up one night and just go out on the town.

  6. Oh my word….J.Lo and that dress. A little over the top in my opinion. We know she’s stunning. I feel she goes overboard, but love her style and talent.

  7. I wish I had been able to tune in and watch it! I will have to watch a rerun! I thought Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood both looked stunning.

  8. This sounded like a great show! I would have been pretty excited to see Harrison come out and introduce Pentatonix.

  9. I caught some of this the day after and read about it. Also saw quite a bit on the day time shows. Great recap. I did miss Celine so I need to find that on you tube.

  10. Honestly I have to say I very rarely watch things like this. However when I do I enjoy seeing all of the cute and to say the least hideous attire some of these stars wear!

  11. I never watch awards shows anymore but my husband does when someone he likes is performing. This year he recorded this for some country guy he likes and I told him I would watch with him but I was really not looking forward to it. Now I am a little more interested and feel like I have some inside information I can surprise him with, thanks!

  12. I actually didn’t watch the AMA’s this year…I’m not too big on award shows. I did see J-Lo’s montage dance on youtube and that was awesome!!

  13. I didn’t realize the music awards were on until they were over, so thank you for the recap! I really just like to watch to see who performs and what the outfits look like.

  14. This is a great recap. I saw some of the performances and awards presented but didn’t really pay attention to the rest.

  15. This was on fast forward and I only watched the performances, the only thing I do at award shows now. I really didn’t see anything that was show stopping this time.

  16. Wow! I usually only watch the red carpet since I only care about what they are wearing. Thanks for the recap.

  17. Carrie Underwood’s dress was my favorite, it was gorgeous, and honestly something I’d wear if I had an event to go to at that scale. Celine Dion’s tribute to Paris was so touching.

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