The 2013 American Music Awards were a big night for Bajan singer Rihanna, as the 25-year-old was honoured with the ceremony’s first ever Icon Award.
Instagram’s Selfie Queen was presented with the award from her mother in a heartfelt honouring. The sensual songstress performed her #1 hit ‘Diamonds‘ and showcased her stellar vocals in another solid performance of the track, but it was Lady Gaga that gave the performance of the night.
The ‘Applause‘ singer was joined by rapper R. Kelly to perform their duet ‘Do What U Want‘. The pair acted a modernised version of JFK and Marilyn Monroe in the well-orchastrated performance, that is arguably Gaga’s best awards show performance since ‘Paparazzi‘ at the 2009 VMAs. The plot took a bit of a dip once Instagram was mentioned, but Gaga’s outstanding vocals delivered an emotional ending that should make the Twitter trolls think twice.
One Direction took to the stage to sing their latest hit, ‘Story Of My Life‘, and excelled despite the lead Harry Styles‘ having vocal troubles. The boys were visibly nervous but should be proud of their performance.
Nickelodeon princess-turned-R&B starlet Ariana Grande may have given the most important performance of the night as she gave her first big music awards show performance, singing ‘Tattooed Heart‘. The 20-year-old oozed class and star power as she showcased her unbelievable vocal range and talent, resulting in her receiving a standing ovation from the star-studded audience; including Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
Miley Cyrus, who turned 21 this past weekend, gave another bizarre performance of ‘Wrecking Ball‘. Her pelvis was alarming, the huge ginger cat crying diamonds on the big screen behind her was alarming – it was a hot mess, as per. However, it’s not all bad because her vocals were actually good this time.