Jennifer Lopez hosted Sunday’s 43rd annual American Music Awards and the result was a balanced mix of both today’s most popular music and this year’s most soul-pressing matter. Here is what you missed:
We know this already, but JLo is a QUEEN. Not only did she look amazing, but she also made a great impression during her first hosting gig, starting the show with a ballad-like melody, and then dancing to a mash-up of this year’s most successful songs.
The ever-mystifying Prince also showed up in true Prince-like fashion, sporting his signature fro and some foxy glasses.
Demi Lovato rocked the house not once, but twice: first when singing her latest single “Confident” and later in the evening when she performed a duet with ‘90s rock singer Alanis Morissette.
Perhaps one of the most talked about moments of the night happened when Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth decided to have an unforeseen make out session after singing their song, “Marvin Gaye,” which everyone loved but absolutely no one understood.
In less trivial, but nonetheless noticeable matters, Ariana Grande finally pulled away from her signature half-up half-down do and wore a topknot to the occasion.
Also, Coldplay performed with confetti, beach balls and a bunch of monkeys who really gave Katy Perry’s half-time sharks a run for their money.
Nick Jonas sang a medley of “Levels,” “Chains” and “Jealous,” which included a hip Gospel choir, resulting inhyperventilating tweens all across the country immediately became believers.
Macklemore performed a poignant piece with vocalist Leon Bridges entitled “Kevin,” tackling America’s increased reliance on medication to alleviate mental illness.
With a heartfelt speech regarding the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Oscar winner Jared Leto introduced Celine Dion’s rendition of “Hymne á L’Amour,” which the audience met with tears and great applause.
Record-breaking A Capella group Pentatonix partnered with a full-scale orchestra to sing an iconic Star Wars score, complete with footage from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens and an introduction from Harrison Ford.
And lastly, Justin Bieber closed out the show with an acoustic rendering of “What Do You Mean?” followed by a dance-packed “Where Are Ü Now” performance. He then sang (and by sang, we mean lip-synched) the entirety of his latest hit “Sorry” while stomping in the pouring rain.
So there you have it. Lopez is a goddess, Macklemore has us in our emotions and Bieber fever is still alive and well. So basically, nothing has changed.