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American Music Awards 2013

by CAROLINE GAVURA Section Editor

AMA veterans Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake swept the American Music Awards on November 24 with Swift winning four awards, including “Artist of the Year,” and Timberlake going home with three awards, including “Best Soul/R&B Album.” Newbies Ariana Grande and One Direction were both given their first AMA awards.

Highlights included performances by: Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and R. Kelly, Pitbull and Ke$ha, Ariana Grande, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Rihanna, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera, and a reunion performance by TLC.

Perry opened the show with a performance of her new track “Unconditional”, with an over-the-top Asian theme. Although it seemed to be an innocent representation of Perry’s love of Asian culture, some perceived it to be racist.

“Thinking Katy’s performance was racist is ridiculous. One culture dressing up as another culture is not racist. If anything, she was celebrating Asian culture and how much she likes it!” says junior Michelle Barclay.

“New Artist of the Year” award winner, Ariana Grande, performed her song “Tattooed Heart,” showing off her seductive Mariah Carey-like vocals.

Fan girls went wild when “Best Pop/Rock Band” winners One Direction came on stage to sing their sweet mom-friendly song “Story Of My Life.”

After Macklemore and Lewis performed their hit song “Can’t Hold Us” and accepted their award for “Best Rap/HipHop Artist,” they gave a heart-warming speech about ending racial profiling and even mentioned the Trayvon Martin case.

Lady GaGa’s performance of “Do What U Want” with R. Kelly, in which she looked somewhat normal in a glittery leotard and danced around male models in business suits, had a JFK/Marilyn, Clinton/Lewinsky-inspired plot.

But the AMA’s saved the best for last – Miley Cyrus. The singer came on stage in a bikini-looking getup, which had cats all over it, and huge plastic earrings and bangles. The cat theme did not end there; while Cyrus performed a very emotional version of “Wrecking Ball,” a hologram of a crying lip-syncing cat floating through space was put up behind her.

“Miley’s performance was fabulous! Her vocals were killer and I loved her cat outfit!” says senior Kelsey Rudowitz.

List of Winners:

  1. Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

  2. New Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande

  3. Single of the Year: “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

  4. Pop/Rock Female Artist: Taylor Swift

  5. Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

  6. Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: One Direction

  7. Pop/Rock Album: “Take Me Home,” One Direction

  8. Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift

  9. Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan

  10. Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum

  11. Country Album: “Red,” Taylor Swift

  12. Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  13. Rap/Hip-Hop Album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  14. Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna

  15. Soul/R&B Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

  16. Soul/R&B Album: “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake

  17. Alternative Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons

  18. Latin Artist: Marc Anthony

  19. Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5

  20. Electronic Dance Music Artist: Avicii

  21. Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational: Matthew West

  22. Favorite Soundtrack: “Pitch Perfect”

What was your favorite performance of the AMA’s?

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