Tuesday, 22 November 2016

2016 American Music Awards: Country Interest & Fashion Highlights

2016 American Music Awards

Country Winners: Carrie Underwood snags Album & Female Artist,
Florida Georgia Line take home Fav Duo or Group, "Humble And Kind" honored again. An absent Blake Shelton wins Male Artist as Cam dazzles on the red carpet!

WHEN:  Sunday, November 20, 2016
WHERE:  Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE (777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
The American Music Awards (AMAs) is an annual American music awards show, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to air the Grammy Awards expired.
Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded on the basis of votes by members of the Recording Academy, the AMAs are determined by a poll of the public and fans, who can vote through the AMAs website.
WHAT: At the American Music Awards, artists were honored in multiple musical genres. Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, were some of the genres alongside the awards for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year.
This year, new categories included Tour of the Year and Video of the Year, while Favorite Song categories in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop and Soul/R&B were added in lieu of the Song of the Year category.

Hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah;

Performers: James Bay, Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Niall Horan, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, special collaborations from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled featuring Nicki Minaj, August Alsina, Future and Rick Ross, and “The American Music Award of Merit” honoree and performer Sting;

Presenters: Matt Bomer, Ciara, Mark Cuban, Nina Dobrev, Robert Downey Jr., Florida Georgia Line, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Gigi Gorgeous, Bryce Harper, Taraji P. Henson, Julianne Hough, Karlie Kloss, Heidi Klum, Blake Jenner, Hannah Jeter, Jenny McCarthy, Milla Jovovich, Idina Menzel, TJ Miller, Janelle Monae, Olivia Munn, Keke Palmer, Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Rebecca Romijn, Zoe Saldana, Ryan Seacrest, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Teyana Taylor, Chrissy Teigen, Bella Thorne, and Steven Yeun;
Additional nominees: Included Cam, Daya, Director X, Fetty Wap, Kyla, Major Lazer, Tim McGraw, Ty Dolla $ign, and Zayn.

The three-hour 2016 American Music Awards attracted 8.16 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share Sunday Night among Adults 18-49, according to Zap2It.com. That's down from 10.98 million viewers (3.5/10) in 2015 and is an all-time low in the demo. The network ranked third on the night behind NBC and CBS.

2016 American Music Awards: WINNERS
The 2016 American Music Awards (Country genre interest)
Artist Of The Year
Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez , Ariana Grande * WINNER *, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood

Favorite Male Artist (Country):
Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton * WINNER *

Favorite Female Artist (Country):
Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Carrie Underwood * WINNER *

Favorite Duo or Group (Country):
Florida Georgia Line * WINNER *, Old Dominion, Zac Brown Band

Favorite Album (Country):
Luke Bryan "Kill The Lights"; Chris Stapleton "Traveller"; Carrie Underwood "Storyteller" * WINNER *

Favorite Song (Country):
Florida Georgia Line "H.O.L.Y"; Tim McGraw "Humble And Kind" * WINNER *; Thomas Rhett "Die A Happy Man"

AMAs 2016: See the Full List of Winners at Billboard.com

Carrie Underwood has now won eleven awards out of seventeen nominations. She is the only artist in AMA history to have won Favorite Country Album for every studio album she's released.
This year she picked up Favorite Country Album for STORYTELLER as well as Favorite Female Country Artist for a 4th time.

Blake Shelton has now won two out of four American Music Awards nominations. He notched up another Favorite Male Artist (Country) award which he last won in 2011

Florida Georgia Line nominated nine times in the American Music Awards have now bagged five adding Favorite Country Duo or Group for a third time but missed out for Favorite Country Song with "H.O.L.Y.".

Tim McGraw who has received ten American Music Awards nominations this year snagged Favorite Song (Country) with "Humble And Kind" (written by Lori McKenna) adding to the CMA 2016 win.

Billboard.com Here Are the Best and Worst Moments at the 2016 AMAs….You gotta give it up to the American Music Awards. We've seen a lot of award shows this year, but the 2016 AMAs were an extremely eventful broadcast, filled with political moments, candid acceptance speeches and knockout performances. From the debut of Drake's Apple ad to Green Day's attack on Trump to incredible performances from The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots and more, the highlights far outweighed the low points... but there were a couple of those, too….

Watch Clips of all the 2016 AMAs Performances at Billboard.com
Here Are All the 2016 AMAs Performances Ranked From Worst to Best at Billboard.com

Most of the awards were given out off-camera, but when all was said and done, Justin Bieber and Drake were the big winners at Sunday night's 2016 American Music Awards.
Justin, who performed "Let Me Love You" live from Bologna, Italy via satellite, scooped four trophies, including Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, for Purpose, and Favorite Pop/Rock Song, for "Love Yourself." 
Drake, who headed into the show with the most nominations -- 13, an AMA record -- took home four, including Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song, for "Hotline Bling," and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, for Views.

2016 American Music Awards: Red Carpet Fashion

Vibrant in chartreuse: A first time American Music Awards nominee with a Favorite Female Country Artist nomination the “Burning House” singer was excited to be back in California nominated & representing country music industry.

Wearing her signature bright yellow hues, she looked like a ray of sunshine on a rainy LA day. She donned a sleeveless floor length Maria Lucia Hohan gown and added Stuart Weitzman shoes, Jewelry (Doves by Doron Paloma), Ring (Maxior Joias) and carried a gold clutch (Corto Moltedo). Terri Apanasewicz (beauty, hair & makeup) Styling (Joseph Cassell) - Image

Even though she was nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, Cam admitted she felt a tiny bit out of place on the red carpet, especially when she met the Broadway actress and singer who brought Frozen's Elsa to life - “I do feel like starstruck! Like, I just met Idina Menzel and I, like, didn't know what to say,” she laughs. “But it's like really fun! I don't have to perform today, so I get to just be like an audience member and get excited. That's the best of both worlds, where you don't have to be nervous about singing, but you're nominated and get good seats!” 

Even though Carrie Underwood ended up taking home the Female Vocalist trophy, Cam still has plenty to look forward to. She’s set to open for George Strait in Las Vegas next year, after she wraps up her Burning House Tour in early December.
Best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway smash Rent, singer/actress Idina Menzel made her solo debut in 1998 with the pop-soul effort Still I Can't Be Still. She joined the cast for Wicked in 2003 and appeared on the recording that same year, while 2004 saw her releasing the album Here.
Menzel's true pop breakthrough arrived in 2013 via the Disney animated film Frozen and its accompanying soundtrack. Frozen turned into a pop phenomenon in the winter of 2013-2014, thanks in part to the hit single "Let It Go," which was sung by Menzel; the single was an international hit, peaking at five on the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to triple platinum certification. She is one of the artists who performed in the 2016 “CMA Country Christmas” which comes to ABC each Christmas season, hosted by Jennifer Nettles. It will air on Mon Nov 28, 2016 at 8/7c on ABC.

Florida Georgia Line : Hit the red carpet with the red carpet with their leading ladies and they all managed to color-coordinate (Image).
Brian Kelley’s wife Brittney Cole wore a white choker neck dress with a deep V plunge (www.alcltd.com), adding open black platform pumps, Hair (The Dry House Salon), Makeup (Danielle Blaquera) BROWS: In Soft Brown Anastasia Beverly Hills, LASHES (house of lashes), LIPS (Smash Box Cosnetics) with Anastasia Beverly Hills Butter scotch lip gloss on top.

Tyler Hubbard looked casual and relaxed wearing grey monochromatic hues whilst wifey Hayley Stommel wore a 2-piece ensemble with a blue velvet top and pants and open sandals which matched Brian Kelley’s smart jacket, striped trousers and shiny shoes.
They shared on Instagram: Couldn't think of a better way to cap off the end of the Dig Your Roots Tour 2016 than being at the #AMAs and taking home this award. We love you guys and can't thank you enough for all the support. See you in 2017. We'll be ready to rock.     
FGL: They have put together a sweet limited edition May We All package (Image) for fans you just in time for the holidays. Packages ship worldwide and there are only 9 days left to order (ends Nov 30). Holiday "May We All" Gift Box for You! at  fanjoy.co

Julianne Hough
Holographic vibes: The lovely 28-year old Country/Pop American "Footloose"/ "That Song in My Head" singer, actress and two-time ABC's Dancing with the Stars professional champ and judge showed off her toned legs in a pastel blue high-waisted Zuhair Murad Spring 2017 tattoo effect bodysuit with a Mikado skirt to ensemble adding pointy Brian Atwood heels and held a Lee Savage clutch. skirt and a strange blouse with some. She wore her hair down in long lovely straight locks - Image Fashion Image
Julianne Hough (Zuhair Murad)

Tim McGraw
Stylish gent:
The country crooner posed alongside John Legend.
Tim’s AMA date was his beautiful daughter Maggie. The father-daughter duo made quite the cute pair with color-coordinated ensembles.
McGraw was clad in black jeans, a black T-shirt, a posh pattern effect suit jacket with black leather lapels and a cowboy hat, while Maggie wore an all-black ensemble with a black leather jacket. 
Mens grooming & Maggie’s makeup came courtesy of Terri Apanasewicz. 
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Whilst hosting Gigi Hadid has been savaged on social media (reports Daily Mail.com) over her 'racist' impression of Melania Trump during her American Music Awards opening set on Sunday.
It had Favorite Female Artist (Country) nominee Cam laughing in the audience at (2 min 30 >> YouTube). The model, 21, put on a fake Eastern European accent and a pulled Melania-style pout to mock the soon-to-be First Lady in the wake of her recent plagiarism row.

Co-host Gigi Hadid, meanwhile, did an impression of Melania Trump saying, "I love my husband Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia," in reference to Mrs. Trump seemingly plagiarizing one of Michelle Obama's speeches earlier this year. Jay Pharoah did an impression of Trump talking about Bruno Mars, who opened the show: "I love Bruno Mars. I don't know what color his is so I can't deport him....Listen everyone, I love ‘Uptown Funk,’ it was so totally about me, it was originally called ‘Uptown Trump.’ Listen, I’m going to funk this country up, bigly.”

Gigi Hadid has now apologised to those offended by her impersonation of future U.S. First Lady Melania Trump.  Her impression was met with criticism online, with one Twitter user calling it "disrespectful" and another suggesting it was a "little racist". Gigi has now responded to the backlash with a handwritten note, which she uploaded on Twitter, by telling her fans she held no ill will against Melania and was simply doing it for comedic value. “I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor and with no bad intent,” Gigi wrote. “I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humor in it.” “I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run. I apologize to anyone that I offended and have only the best wishes for our country."

Gigi Hadid
Boho Babe: The 21-year old Los Angeles born model and American Music Awards co-host wore a white version of a Roberto Cavalli Spring 2017 off-the-shoulder gown to the American Music for her red carpet look - Fashion Image

Gigi Hadid (Roberto Cavalli)
(Nov. 19, 2016 - Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

Her other co-hosting looks included:
a) A Julien Macdonald Spring 2017 embellished jacket & shorts with tassels - Fashion Image
b) She wore a sparkling red Atelier Versace one shoulder gown
c) A custom Julien Macdonald Spring 2017 beige dress and choker - Fashion Image 
d) Looking great and giving us a twirl: A Swarovski crystal embellished jumpsuit by Atelier Versace
e) A black embossed Nicolas Jebran Fall 2017 cutout long sleeve gown.

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande wore a vintage lace lingerie bustier with white Alexander McQueen tuxedo pants on the AMA carpet finishing off her look with a ponytail and a pop of burgundy on her lips.
Accepting her Artist of the Year award (Image Fashion Image) Ariana wore a Derek Lam crop top and Proenza Schouler Fall 2016 white trousers. Then for performance wore a custom Baja East Spring 2017 leaf-printed outfit for her (Image).

Bailee Madison
Major Sparkle: 17-year old actress Madison hit the red carpet looked all grown up in a hot pink, metallic Amato Couture dress with a plunging neckline. She finished off the style with bright-colored ye makeup.
The Good Witch starlet also switched things up from her red carpet look with a sheer, and backless, black dress from Zvonko Markovic Couture (Image)

Bebe Rexha
Exotic Tiger-like: The 27-year old Bleta "Bebe" Rexha American singer, songwriter and record producer and Internet Personality
Rocked Wild thing when opting for an animal print vintage Yves Saint Laurent number

Chrissy Teigen
30-year old Christine "Chrissy" Teigen American model (made debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010) won the award for the most revealing dress at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Stunner: The star's long-sleeved black number revealed her post-baby bod, sculpted legs, hips and stomach. Teigen suffered a wardrobe malfunction after wearing no underwear and a dress held together by pins.  
The model's risque Yousef Akbar Resort 2017 high cut black "Split" gown that had a deep slit that rose all the way up to her torso on each side - held together by safety pins. She added sexy Barbed Wire sandals by DSquared2, Jewelry (Effy Jewelry) and carried a  Monique Lhuillier purse – Fashion Image

TOP (L-R) Ariana Grande (Alexander McQueen), Bailee Madison (Amato Couture),
 Bebe Rexha (Yves Saint Laurent), Chrissy Teigen (Yousef Akbar)

BOTTOM (L-R): Ciara (Stephane Rolland), 
Erin Foster (Prabal Gurung) & Sarah Foster (J Mendel),
  Gigi Gorgeous (August Getty)

Snug bump: The 31-year old "Goodies" American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and fashion model and Mum-to-be Ciara dressed her baby bump in a black and white Stephane Rolland Haute Couture turtle-neck top bubble dress with an asymmetric skirt adding Giuseppe Zanotti ankle strap heels – Fashion Image

Erin Foster & Sarah Foster 
Rockin’ Sophisticated Styles. 34-year old Los Angeles born American comedy writer and performer Erin Foster wore a Prabal Gurung Fall 2016 white embellished dress.
While 35-year old sister Sara Foster, former fashion model and American actress (Jen Clark on 90210) wore a J Mendel Fall 2016 gold micro-bugle calla lily embroidered gown – Fashion Image

Fifth Harmony
The American girl group (formed on the 2nd season of the The X Factor USA 2012) brought the heat in their black dresses this year, rocking some dangerously high hemlines and slits - Image
The ladies: Ally Brooke, Dinah Hansen, Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui later hit the stage to perform their newest single, “That’s My Girl”. They have become the first girl band in 11 years to winning a 2016 AMA Collaboration Of The Year
(Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign "Work From Home)

Gigi Gorgeous
Shimmered in silver: The 24-year old Canadian model, actress, Internet personality, YouTuber & TV personality and a lover of beauty and fashion was there to present with singer Bebe Rexha. Gigi shimmered in a silver August Getty number that was attached/ pinned to a white bra top. She added a equally sparkly silver fingerless sequined gloves. (Instagram >> video)
Makeup Artist and best friend Hilary Montez added Pixie Luxe lashes, Kat Vond Beauty Lock-It Foundation, Tarte shape tape concealer, Kylie Cosmetics (Kyshadow palette) , Bennye Lumiere (ultra bright powder) and a colour pop with Time Square liquid lip. Tanning: Sprayed By Jade™ LA's Mobile Airbrush

Hailee Steinfeld
The 19-year old LA born American actress and "Love Myself" singer wore a thyme Elie Saab Spring 2017 embellished belted romper with a star motif and an attached cape. The AMA look showed off her mile-long legs and sophisticated fashion choices completing her look with Stuart Weitzman heels.

Hannah Davis
Jaw dropping: The 26-year old American fashion model Hannah Jeter (née Davis) Sports Illustrated cover model, had dropping jaws on Sunday upping the ante. The star brought serious amounts of flower power in a sheer blossom-embellished number that left very little of her body and lingerie to the imagination. Showing off her catwalk-ready figure she wore a Zuhair Murad Fall 2016 Couture purple embroidered gown with crystals. The cheekily sheer outfit was perfectly teamed with black underwear, and it featured a round neck, bell sleeves and a floor-sweeping train - Fashion Image

Heidi Klum
There to present an award the 43-year old German-American model, TV personality wore a Wolk Morais Fall 2016 gold jumpsuit thst had a bow-tie neckline – Fashion Image.

Karlie Kloss
The 24-year old American fashion catwalk star model (Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s; Victoria's Secret Angel from 2013 to 2015) mixed fabrics in an asymmetric Atelier Versace Fall 2016 Couture dress and flashed a little leg with some unique heels which looked like socks and sandals - Fashion Image

TOP (L-R) Hailee Steinfeld (Elie Saab), Hannah Davis (Zuhair Murad),
Heidi Klum (Wolk Morais), Julianne Hough (Zuhair Murad)

BOTTOM (L-R): Kat Graham (Labour Joisie), Lady Gaga (Rodarte),
 Laura Marano (August Getty Atelier), Lauren Giraldo

Kat Graham
Vampy: The 27-year old Swiss-born "Vampire Diaries" American actress, model, singer and dancer wore a Labour Joisie sheer black caftan dress with crystalized accents. Graham showed off her vampy style in the sheer, black gown with its plunging neckline and teamed it with a set of black undies. She added Ferragamo shoes, a Loriblu clutch and jewels were sourced from Le Vian, Maxior and Joelle.

Keke Palmer
Scantily clad: 23-year old Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer , American actress, singer, songwriter, presenter and TV personality left little to the imagination in a mesh two-piece Natalia Fedner Chainmail Couture top & skirt and choker to the 2016 American Music Awards. tonight! She held a pale pink fur coat – Fashion Image

Lady Gaga
The 30-year old American singer, songwriter and actress wore a white Brandon Maxwell Spring 2017 tuxedo. The "Joanne" singer Lady Gaga performed wearing a Rodarte Spring 2017 black dress (Image) – Fashion Image
Sitting barefoot on a stool in a studded leather Western-styled jacket, Gaga sang beneath an expansive starry sky in a grassy field glowing with fireflies. But visuals aside, Gaga's voice was in full-throated attack mode, making "Million Reasons" sound like a new classic in her catalog. Fashion Image >> Carpet Video

Laura Marano
Sizzled in Black: 20-year old  American actress and singer (best known for her starring role in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally) wore a sexy August Getty Atelier Fall 2016 cutout fringed dress ($2,250.00; Product) adding more edgy-sexy with a set of Stuart Weitzman thigh-high boots - Fashion Image

Lauren Giraldo
Bedazzled Leotard: Vine video phenomenon known by her Vine name Princess Lauren was backstage getting interviews as an AMAs insider. Floating down the red carpet, Lauren turned heads in an embellished bodysuit and long sheer train

Milla Jovovich
The 40-year old  is an American actress, model, musician, and fashion designer was there to present an award. She wore a black Elie Saab Spring 2017 star motif beaded gown with a plunging neck – Fashion Image

Olivia Munn
Chest too much!: 36-year old American actress and model Lisa Olivia Munn broke the cleavage or legs rule as she flaunted both aspects on the AMA carpet. The Miles from Tomorrowland star wore a floral printed Reem Acra Spring 2017 mini dress and teamed the frothy chiffon babydoll with simple strappy black sandals. Leaving her exposed limbs to do all the talking, she added no accessories and wore her brunette tresses up. Shae added Stuart Weitzman shoes, Jewelry (Dana Rebecca Designs, Borgioni and Le Vian) – Fashion Image

Rebecca Romijn
The 44-year old American actress (best known for her role as Mystique in the first trilogy of the X-Men film series) and former fashion model wore a Rita Vinieris gown with Noudar earrings.

Savvy Shields
The 21-year old Fayetteville, Arkansas Savannah Janine "Savvy" Shields the Miss America 2017 pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Arkansas 2016 teamed up with Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line to present the AMA Collaboration of the Year.
Miss America 2017 looked red-hot in a two-piece Sherri Hill ensemble with a zipper slit. Scarlet Clothing accessorized the beauty with Jewelry, Clutch, Shoes and Hair and makeup came via Meredith Boyd Cosmetics

TOP (L-R) Milla Jovovich (Elie Saab), Olivia Munn (Reem Acra),
Rebecca Romijn (Rita Vinieris), Savvy Shields (Sherri Hill)

BOTTOM (L-R): Selena Gomez (Prada), Tinashe (Michael Costello), 
Z LaLa (PVC latex)

Selena Gomez
Lady in red!: As rumoured, Selena 24, made her comeback at the AMAs after taking some time off from music in recent months.
The Same Old Love hitmaker looked fantastic in a custom scarlet Prada ballgown adding Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, swept tied back brunette locks with Cartier diamond drop earrings adding a little glitter.
There was no awkward run-in with her ex Justin Bieber as he performed via satellite, according to show organizers
The 24-year-old entertainer won the award for Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock) and she thanked her fans for supporting her throughout her battle with lupus and a break to deal with depression and anxiety.

Striking a pose: The 23-year old "2 On" American songstress, record producer, dancer, actress and former model opted for max cleavage in an off-the-shoulder Michael Costello Spring 2017 black & silver off-the-shoulder gown with sexy leg high split.
Tinashe flashed her undergarments the polka-dot dress that featured a cinched belt – Fashion Image

Z LaLa
Taryn from Dream Warriors: Singer Z LaLa definitely took the red carpet by surprise with an outrageous exotic hairstyle and black PVC latex dress rockin’ her signature crazy style. The 24-year old Tania Muradian (known by her stage name Z LaLa) American electro-pop singer and songwriter
Z LaLa channeled Malificent in the majestic PVC and net creation showing off a serious amount of skin.

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