The American Music Awards took place overnight, serving up its usual clean-cut telecast featuring performances from some of music’s biggest names.
Unlike last year’s ceremony, this year’s edition was largely devoid of absurdity. Although Charli XCX did perform alongside a shirtless dancer in a Donnie Darko-esque rabbit mask and Selena Gomez’s backdrop reminded some of The Human Centipede.
The evening featured performances from, amongst others, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. There was also a Young Money performance, featuring Lil Wayne alongside Christina Milian and Nicki Minaj performing with singer Skylar Grey. Mary J. Blige arguably stole the show with her stirring rendition of ‘Therapy,’ penned by Sam Smith.
You can watch some of the choice performances below.
Mary J. Blige – ‘Therapy’
Sam Smith featuring A$AP Rocky – ‘I’m Not The Only One’
Charli XCX – ‘Break The Rules’ / ‘Boom Clap’
Lil Wayne featuring Christina Milian – ‘Start A Fire’ / Nicki Minaj featuring Skylar Grey – ‘Bed of Lies’