Winners, recap and everything to know from the 2017 American Music Awards / #AMAs!

Nov 20, 2017 |

There were big moments at the just concluded American Music Awards which was held on the 19th of November, 2017. Bruno Mars took the top prize at the awards. Mars, the retro star who found fresh success with the funky beats and R&B harmonies of his latest album “24K Magic,” accepted Artiste of the Year with a brief but enthusiastic speech recorded in a moving minivan, as Mars explained he was traveling. The show also paid glowing tribute to legendary divas, Diana Ross and the late Whitney Houston.

Ross — whose daughter, “Black-ish” television series star Tracee Ellis Ross, was the awards’ host — was introduced by a video from Barack and Michelle Obama, with the former president revealing that the Motown great’s music was still frequently on rotation at their post-White House home.

The show is not shy about being hyperbolic in the writing, as when a 25th anniversary salute to “The Bodyguard” by Christina Aguilera was billed as “destined to become one of the American Music Awards’ most iconic performances.” Can a TV medley be pre-iconic? Yet, regardless of whether the performance goes down as one of the AMAs’ all-timers, Aguilera delivered. Her first follow-through came in her nearly unrecognizable appearance, which had her Draco-Malfoy-with-a-mullet slicked-back hair framing a more au naturel look. The vocals were equally untreated, and if Aguilera stretches out the melisma even more than Whitney Houston did — who knew “way” is a 17-syllable word? — you could be glad “I’m Every Woman” was assigned to someone who really does have the combined lungpower of, like, every woman.

The awards presented a lifetime achievement award to 73-year-old Ross, the towering voice of Motown, who ended the show with a medley of her hits starting with gay anthem “I’m Coming Out.”

The awards also honored Whitney Houston to mark 25 years since her blockbuster film and soundtrack “The Bodyguard,” which featured her classic cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

The American Music Awards select winners based on fan voting, unlike the more prestigious Grammys which are decided by professionals.

See full list below.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

The Chainsmokers
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars — WINNER
Ed Sheeran

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
James Arthur
Niall Horan — WINNER
Julia Michaels
Post Malone
Rae Sremmurd

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”
Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Wanna Know”
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

TOUR OF THE YEAR

Garth Brooks
Coldplay — WINNER
U2

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” — WINNER
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Drake
Bruno Mars — WINNER
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Alessia Cara
Lady Gaga — WINNER
Rihanna

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons — WINNER

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

Drake, More Life
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic — WINNER
The Weeknd, Starboy

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Keith Urban — WINNER

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood — WINNER

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Florida Georgia Line
Little Big Town — WINNER
Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
Chris Stapleton, From a Room:, Vol. 1
Keith Urban, Ripcord — WINNER

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” — WINNER

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake — WINNER
Kendrick Lamar
Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. — WINNER
Migos, Culture

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One” — WINNER
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Childish Gambino
Bruno Mars — WINNER
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

Beyonce — WINNER
Kehlani
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic — WINNER
The Weeknd, Starboy

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Khalid, “Location”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” — WINNER
The Weeknd, “Starboy”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park — WINNER
Twenty One Pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Bruno Mars
Shawn Mendes — WINNER
Ed Sheeran


FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

Luis Fonsi
Daddy Yankee
Shakira — WINNER

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle — WINNER

MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
The Chainsmokers — WINNER

Calvin Harris
DJ Snake

TOP SOUNDTRACK
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana — WINNER
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