The American Music Awards aired on CBS last night in order for you to have something to talk about with your weird cousin Trisha over Thanksgiving weekend. The AMA’s are the perfect empty vessel in which to hold your familial conversational obligations. That said, a few attendees did come to slay. Like Hailee Steinfeld, who, thanks to that leather bra and sharp shoulder pad situation, is seen giving you The Bodyguard starring a young Joan Crawford.
Last night’s American Music Awards were a mixed bag of awards show spectacle that ranged from awkward messiness (see: everyone’s faces while Christina tried) and bold showmanship (see: the dong-shaped catwalk). But the queen of the evening was the legendary Miss Diana Ross, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. And of course she went above and beyond for the occasion.
Not Everyone Enjoyed Christina Aguilera’s Karaoke Tribute To “The Bodyguard” At The American Music Awards
Any doubt that the American Music Awards are the last-minute high school project version of the Grammys was removed last night when Christina Aguilera took to the stage for a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. We know it wasn’t a tribute to Whitney Houston, because at no point during Christina’s “most-confident bridesmaid at the bachelorette karaoke party” performance did anyone report seeing a disrespected ghost scream “Hell to the NO” while attempting to yank the mic plug from a power outlet backstage.
When Gigi Hadid did her Melania Trump impression at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, I’m sure she thought she’d be immediately offered a hosting gig on SNL. That didn’t happen. Gigi’s janky Euro-ish Melania impression made some people watching think, “That’s racist!“, which in turn made them angry enough to tweet about how not into it they were. Some called for Maybelline to cancel her contract. Gigi doesn’t want people to be mad at her, and she definitely doesn’t want to lose work, so she released a hand-written explanation of her impression to all who were offended.
I know Lady Gaga’s thing right now is hats, specifically that pink one that’s practically the official mascot of her Joanne promotional tour. So I shouldn’t have been surprised that she showed up to the American Music Awards last night in her biggest, stiffest-brimmed hat. It was nice of her to switch out that pink hat for the evening. I’m sure it was starting to get all limp from all the sweaty forehead foundation it was no doubt collecting and could use a good soak before the Grammys in February. Sorry AMAs, but you get the backup hat.
During the American Music Awards last night, we discovered (unsurprisingly) that like zillions of people, Green Day doesn’t like Donald Trump. Green Day performed Bang Bang at the AMAs, and in the middle of it, Billie Joe Armstrong started a chant of: “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.” Billie Joe didn’t make it up; he borrowed the line from the song Born To Die by 80s hardcore group MDC (except the original has the word “war” instead of “Trump“, because MDC wasn’t fronted by Miss Cleo). Green Day’s musical dragging of Trump happens at the 2:14 mark.
Donald Trump’s stubby little fingers have yet to tweet about how upset he is that Green Day would “harass” him like that, especially in a safe space like the American Music Awards. If Trump gets around to tweeting about Green Day’s chant, I bet he’ll say how hurt he is that other men with busted hair situations would come for him like that. “I thought us Weird Hairs were supposed to stick together! You can forget about coming to the annual retreat now.”