The 2018 American Music Awards will open with the first awards show performance in three years from Taylor Swift. The pop star will open Tuesday night’s show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, which airs live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
The lineup also includes Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, twenty one pilots and Jennifer Lopez.
Khalid wins soul/R&B male artist
8:58 p.m.: Shawn Mendes and Zedd performed “Lost in Japan” together on stage against a purple, foggy stage with hundreds of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Ella Mai performed next, opening from the back of the theater as she walked through the audience down toward the stage. Mai sang “Boo’d Up” she stood in the middle of the AMAs crowd.
Busy Philipps and John Stamos took the stage, and Philipps admitted that she used to have a big crush on him when she was younger. He asked, “What happened?” and she said the poster in her room aged faster than he did and, “It freaked me out.” The two presented soul/R&B male artist, which went to Khalid. He thanked his mom, family members and fans, and then gave a shout-out to Texas, making it political by adding, “Shoutout [Texas Democratic Senate candidate] Beto [O’Rourke].”
Taylor Swift wins tour of the year
8:44 p.m.: Heidi Klum presented the award for tour of the year, which went to Taylor Swift — her first award of the night. Swift thanked her tour mates Camila Cabello and Charli XCX, as well as her tour crew and their families. Swift did not mention politics in her speech; on Monday, Swift made headlines for breaking her political silence to support Tennessee Democrats.
Chloe x Halle introduced a performance of new song “With You” by Mariah Carey, who wore a pink gown with a larger-than life skirt that covered the stage. Later, several male dancers sprung out from the layers of her skirt. Meanwhile, the backdrop showed a reflection of the singer and her dancers from behind.
Post Malone wins pop/rock male artist
8:30 p.m.: Ross returned, and pointed out that if Swift wins three more awards on Tuesday, she will be the most decorated artist in AMAs history. Ross wondered out loud how musicians come up with their names, mentioning that Halsey must have gotten her name from having lots of sore throats and eating Halls when she was a kid. Then Ross joked that she wondered how Lil Dicky got his name.
“Aquaman” star Amber Heard took the stage to introduce Twenty One Pilots, which she joked was the number of pilots she starred in that were not picked up. The duo opened their performance of “Jumpsuit” behind a sheer screen, as different patterns and beams flashed across. The screen came up and the two stood in front of a burning car onstage. The performance closed with a shower of confetti.
Macaulay Culkin presented the next award for pop/rock male artist, which went to Post Malone, who thanked his family and fans.
Cardi B wins rap/hip-hop artist
8:17 p.m.: Tracee Ellis Ross took the stage by rapping along to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” complete with a blinged out grill on her teeth that said “TER.” Ross removed her jacket to reveal a sequined bodysuit before she danced onstage to the song “This is America.”
Ross continued to dance along to an impressive number of songs, including “APES**T” by Beyonce and Jay-Z, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. Ross moved onto “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce, dancing against a backdrop of photos of influential women, including Mother Teresa, Oprah and Carol Burnett.
Ross was out of breath when she wrapped up and said, “I’m not a dancer. I’m just a lady with some moves. I don’t even know if I can say that. I think I’m just a lady who moves.”
She asked her “black-ish” children Marsai Martin and Miles Brown how she did, and they held up signs, giving her only “3” and “7” out of 10. Ross brushed off the low numbers and said she was having fun. She also announced that she was wearing clothes created by black fashion designers.
Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha presented the first award of the night for rap/hip-hop artist, which went to Cardi B. Cardi B said in her acceptance speech, “I really want to thank my daughter. And not just because she’s my daughter. When I was pregnant, I was so influenced to be like, ‘Yo, I gotta do this. I gotta show people wrong. I gotta prove people wrong because they said I wasn’t going to make it after I had a baby.”
A tribute to Aretha Franklin
Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will pay tribute to late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. They will remember her with performances from her album, “Amazing Grace.”
Tracee Ellis Ross will host the show. Fans vote for the winners at the AMAs. Presenters include Tyra Banks, Chloe x Halle, Macaulay Culkin, Sara Gilbert, Heidi Klum, Lenny Kravitz, John Stamos, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers and Rami Malek.
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!
Just in case you haven’t heard, Halle Bailey is the new Ariel, in an upcoming “The Little Mermaid” movie! She has been receiving messages from fans and other celebrities, congratulating her for landing the role!
Amongst those who congratulated her is Halle Berry, in a tweet she posted, “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you!” She also added that she was “thrilled” for the 19 year old. However, not everyone was happy about Disney’s decision to cast a black woman for this role.
Some critics went as far as petitioning Disney to recast for this role, and titled their petition #NotMyAriel! They suggested that Halle should be replaced by a white woman with red hair, who would resemble the Ariel that they know from the 1989 animated version of The Little Mermaid. Now Freeform, Disney’s cable network, has decided to issue an open letter in response to this.
The letter read, “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish”.
Freeform also added that, “Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair”! Freeform then went on to remind the critics that Ariel and the story, is only fictional!
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
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