Glitz, glamour and elegance defined the 2016 edition of the American Music Awards. It was a star-studded event where some of the biggest names in the music industry received awards. Ariana Grande won the AMA for the ‘Artist of the Year’ and Justin Bieber for the ‘Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.’ In addition, stars like Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Sting and Shawn Mendes left fans awestruck with their live performances.
The AMAs are now going to return in 2017. The show is scheduled to be held live at the Microsoft Theater on November 19th. This is a great chance to watch the biggest stars from the entertainment industry in person. So, grab your American Music Awards tickets and enjoy the event.
Dawn of the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards is the brainchild of Dick Clark. He created the show for ABC in 1973 when the network’s contract to air the Grammy Awards expired. It is produced by Mark Bracco, Larry Klein and Barry Adelman while Mike Mahan and Allen Shapiro serve as executive producers of the show. The AMAs are awarded based on a poll in which the public and the fans get to vote. The stars are nominated on the basis of their airplay, sales, video views and activity on social networks.
The first AMA ceremony took place on February 19, 1974 at the Earl Carroll Theatre. That night, Stevie Wonder won the award for the ‘Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist,’ Roberta Flack for the ‘Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist’ and Charley Pride for the ‘Favorite Country Male Artist.’ Plus, Bing Crosby was also honored with the Award of Merit.
After making their debut at the Earl Carroll Theatre in New York City, in 1975, the award moved to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium where it continued to take place till 1979. After that, the seventh and eighth editions of the AMAs were held at the ABC Studios. Then from 1982 to 2006, the show was held at the Shrine Auditorium. In 2007, the American Music Awards moved to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
American Music Awards Most Unforgettable Moments
Over the past forty-three years, the AMAs have delivered plenty of memorable moments which will forever be etched in the minds of the fans. Here, are a few of those:
Prince’s Sister Accepts a Posthumous Award on His Behalf
Prince’s album ‘Purple Rain,’ which was released in 1984, re-entered the charts after his death in April of 2016. The record went to the second spot on the Billboard 200. The album won the AMA for “Top Sound track.” Her sister, Tyka Nelson accepted the award on behalf of his deceased brother and delivered a very emotional speech. She said,
“He had the courage to be different. With his vision and God-given talent, he is still one of the world's most respected and loved artists. We'll keep this for you at Paisley Park. Until we see you again, this is for you. “
Lady Gaga Does It Again!
Lady Gaga is famous for her amazing performances and she lived up to her reputation when she graced the AMA stage in 2016 for the first time in three years. She played the acoustic version of her platinum selling single, Million Reasons from her fifth studio effort, ‘Joanne.’ Needless to say, she stole the show.
The Most Touching, ‘We Are the World’ Performance
On January 28, 1985, one of the most beautiful performances of, We Are the World was delivered. The song was performed live by more than 40 artists including Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in support of poverty alleviation across Africa. This was an unforgettable moment.
Celine Dion Pays Tribute to the Victims of the Paris Terrorist Attack
In 2015, the world came to a standstill because of a terrorist attack on the Bataclan in Paris. Two weeks after the unfortunate incident, the American Music Awards took place where Celine Dion took the stage and performed Hymne à L'amour by Édith Piaf as a tribute to those who lost their lives that day. She ended her performance with a strong message of unity, hope and endurance.
The first edition of the American Music Awards was hosted by Michael Jackson along with Donny Osmond, Ricky Segall and Rodney Allen Rippy. Since then, many famous celebrities have hosted the AMAs including, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, MC Hammer, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Cedric the Entertainer. Jimmy Kimmel is the only star to have hosted the show on three consecutive occasions. He did the honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The Big Winners
Michael Jackson has won the most American Music Awards. He won a total of twenty-four AMAs. After him, Alabama have won twenty-three AMAs so far. The third name on the list is that of Whitney Houston with twenty-one American Music Awards to her name. Kenny Rogers and Taylor Swift share the fourth spot having won nineteen AMAs each.
How Much Are American Music Awards Tickets
Don’t stay home and watch it on TV, come see the brightest and best the music industry has to offer in person, with live performances from new and seasoned industry vets. The latest edition of the American Music Awards is scheduled to take place on November 19, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. So, this is your chance to see the best the music industry has to offer in person.
If you want to know how much are American Music Awards tickets priced at then you have come to the right place. Make sure to get your tickets early if you want to be a part of an unforgettable night.