On Sunday night, the 2013 American Music Awards were broadcast live on ABC. Katy Perry started the show off taking the Nokia Theatre stage in Los Angeles to perform her latest single, “Unconditionally.” She wore a traditional Japanese dress and was joined by dancers for the live performance of the latest single off her “Prism” album.
The AMA’s always provides many “interesting” experiences. There were two unique moments Sunday night…the first was provided by Lady Gaga who entered the red carpet on a horse. Then later, Miley Cyrus helped close out the show. Dressed in a bikini-like outfit, she had an image of a cat on the screen behind her throughout the entire song.
It was a big night for Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift. Timberlake won the award for the favorite male pop/rock artist and Swift won the favorite female country artist award, and the biggest award of the night, artist of the year.
The American Music Awards, known as the AMAs, are given to top performers throughout the music industry on an annual basis. Awards are given in the Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Soundtracks and Contemporary Inspirational genres of music. In addition to the awards in each of the genres, an Artist of the Year is named from all groups combined.
The AMAs are voted on by a poll of music buyers and the public. The American Music Awards have nominations based on sales, airplay, activity on social networks, and video viewing.
Dick Clark started the American Music Awards in 1973. Michael Jackson co-hosted the first event with Donny Osmond. Roberta Flack won the first award given in 1973.
Clay Aiken has attended and participated in the AMA’s three times. On November 16, 2003, Clay played a large role in the show. He arrived on the Red Carpet with his friend Amber Nix and was nominated for two awards, Favorite Male Artist and Fan Choice. Clay won the Fan Choice Award. Clay also performed on the program. Clay sang a short version of Invisible and was then joined by Ruben Studdard for an outstanding rendition of Jesus Is Love. They received a standing ovation.
On November 11, 2004. Clay was a presenter on the program. He was joined on stage by Kathy Griffin who was dressed as a bride. She announced to the audience that she was going to marry Clay. Despite the distraction, Clay was able to present the award for the Best Male Country Artist.
Clay hit the Red Carpet one more time at the AMA’s. In 2006, Clay participated in a skit with Tori Spelling. The two made fun of Clay’s tiff with Kelly Ripa and received lots of laughs and applause.
I have to admit that the only times I have watched the show are the three times that Clay Aiken was a part of the show. I am not a huge fan of popular music and so the shows are just not my cup of tea!
The following video is fun. Clay was amazing when he sang at the AMA’s.