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The ladies dominated the stage at this year’s American Music Awards (AMAs) which emphasized female empowerment as host Tracee Ellis Ross started the night off with a shout out to female artists and her mother, Diana Ross, who accepted the lifetime achievement award.
There were also performances by Demi Lovato, Hailee Steinfeld and a much anticipated appearance of Selena Gomez who debuted short blond hair in her performance of her single “Wolves” featuring Marshmello.
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Toronto’s Shawn Mendes sang his hit song “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” and he took home his first AMA for favourite adult contemporary artist. Another much anticipated performance was from South Korean pop boy band BTS.
Photos: Red carpet at the American Music Awards
“The movie has become iconic thanks to its soundtrack — the bestselling movie soundtrack of all time. What a voice Whitney had,” said Davis. “The American Music Awards were in many ways her home. Whitney received 21 AMAs, the most of any female artist in history.”
While female artists had big performances, it seemed as though the men took home more awards.
Other awards won throughout the night included Lady Gaga for favourite pop/rock female artist, Luis Fonsi for collaboration of the year for “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber, and The Chainsmokers for favourite EDM artist.