The American Music Awards 2014 took place and they presented a wide variety of performances.
The stuff that gets displayed by various artists at the AMAs 2014 include the good, the bad and the ugly. Some of the most bizarre and downright oddball got showcased. But then there were a few gems among the panoply of musical numbers.
This time around Garth Brooks’ song People Loving People was the height of conceit. Wyclef Jean and Magic gave it their best in Divine Sorrow yet it was close but no cigar. The audience never showed any enthusiasm for them.
The Imagine Dragons’ I Bet My Life was a lukewarm performance too. Fergie and her LA Love (La La) was not such a hit but it got delivered with such power and passion that the audience loved it. As for Iggy Azalea’s situation, the mic had problems during the latter half of the performance. Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj arrived with their Bang Bang song which wowed the crowd.
Pitbull who was the compere for the AMAs 2014 also sang his Time of our Lives. Selena Gomez’s The Heart Wants What it Wants was a Bieber anthem that got sung by her. Jennifer Lopez during her skit stopped to listen to a bell ringing on her smartphone and dismissed it as a booty call. Ariana Grande sang Problem with swashbuckling sensuality.
Then there were Sam Smith and Charli XCX. They too gave their respective performances that clicked with the audience. One Direction’s act was very very good indeed though. The Let’s Start a Fire song by Nicki Minaj and a few others won hearts too. Finally, Mary J. Blige and Lorde allowed for a spark in the dark to flourish for a brief period of time. And last but not least Taylor Swift with her classic Blank Space got hug accolades.
The thing with all these performances was not that some were very atrocious while others were stellar in their nature. It was just that the way they synchronized with the public was how they were taken in the first place.
Garth Brooks absence from the stage worked against him. J.Lo and Iggy had their hands all over each other in Sapphic bliss thereby increasing their ratings. Unfortunately for Fergie there was a clothes blunder along the way. One Direction’s Night Changes sure did up the ante and made the crowd ooh and aah in wonderment. If there was someone who hit the nail on the head it was Taylor Swift.
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy sure put up a show stopping performance. They appeared in a series of ensembles that got all sorts of lights and patterns superimposed on them. Meanwhile they continued to shake their booties at the rate of a hundred miles an hour. Jennifer did some mighty gyrations and shook, rattled and rolled her big butt a la Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda.
Taylor Swift made a historic speech while accepting her AMA Award. She said that what her fans proved once and for all was that music was valuable and that albums should be consumed by the culture consumers. It was all good.
Mary J. Blige’s Therapy was about black women going to see the psychologist. However, if there was one person who really lit the whole place up by her animated magic and animal magnetism, it was Taylor Swift.
She started off normally by descending from the ceiling amidst a tableau but later on she just went mad. She just went crazy as she acted out the spoilt brat of a girl in her song Blank Space. Her gold skirt and dress suited her to a T. This was just what the crowd was looking for.
As for Ariana Grande’s rendition of Problem it went without a problem with her high jinks and cute delivery of the lyrics. She was on cloud nine in matters of showing the world what she had.
All in all the AMAs 2014 were a star studded show that stopped many hearts right there in their tracks. The sheer showmanship of the event led to the night being one that will be remembered forever.
Complete list of the 2014 American Music Awards winners is given below.
Artist of the Year: One Direction
Top Soundtrack: Frozen
Single of the Year: Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, "Dark Horse"
New Artist of the Year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Favorite Album — Country: Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am
Favorite Album — Soul/R&B: Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Favorite Album — Pop/Rock: One Direction, Midnight Memories
Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea
Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist — Latin: Enrique Iglesias
Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary: Katy Perry
Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational: Casting Crowns
Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (EDM): Calvin Harris
Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock: Katy Perry
Favorite Female Artist — Country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B: Beyoncé
Favorite Male Artist: John Legend
Favorite Male Artist — Country: Luke Bryan
Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock: Sam Smith
Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock: One Direction
Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country: Florida Georgia Line