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2022 AMAs: The Biggest Moments of the Night

The American Music Awards have had many memorable moments over the years, and the 2022 edition of the fan-voted awards show was no different.

During the show, P!nk gave a powerful rendition of “Hopeless Devoted to You,” Olivia Newton-John’s hit song from her starring role in the popular film Fat. Newton-John died in August 2022 after a battle with breast cancer.

Singer Kelly Rowland took the stage to present the award for Favorite Male R&B Artist; The nominees were Brent Faiyaz, Chris Brown, Giveon, Lucky Daye and The Weeknd. The award eventually went to Chris Brown.

When Rowland Brown announced the winner, the audience was shocked as boos filled the room. Brown – who was set to perform a tribute to Michael Jackson that was eventually scrapped – was not present at the show, and Rowland accepted the award on his behalf, reassuring the crowd and thanking Brown for his contributions to the music.

“Excuse me – relax,” Rowland scolded, sticking a finger at the crowd. “But I wanted to say Chris, thank you for making great R&B music. And I want to thank him for being an incredible performer. I will accept this award [and] bring it to you I love you. Congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”

On the night before the 2022 American Music Awards, a gunman opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing 5 people and injuring at least 25 others. Kim Petras, who made history in October 2022 as the first trans woman to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her Sam Smith collaboration “Unholy,” took a moment to honor the victims of the senseless tragedy before she presented the award for Favorite Popsong.

“I can’t stop thinking about Colorado today,” Petras said. “Gay clubs basically raised me. And I can say with confidence that nobody loves pop music more than gay clubs. So, my heart goes out to you.”

Singer and actress Dove Cameron, who won the New Artist of the Year award, also took time to speak up for her community during her speech.

“I want to start by saying that any award I ever win will be first and foremost dedicated to the queer community in general,” Cameron said. “You guys have given me such a space to be myself and write music about it and I’ve never felt more secure, loved and supported and I hope I can give you a glimpse of that same feeling in my music.”

“Following the tragedy at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone of the importance of queer visibility and the importance of our community,” Cameron continued. “And I want to draw your attention to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project to see what you can do now. I want to remind you that you are absolutely made right and that you are so loved and held that way, and I want to thank you for supporting me. Thank you for holding the place – I’ll hold it for you too.”

In 1985, music’s greatest artists came together for We Are the World, a charity single originally written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. Richie was honored with the Icon Award at the 2022 AMAs.

To honor Richie, several well-known artists came together today to perform the timeless, uplifting song. Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, who were part of the original song, performed alongside Charlie Puth, Yola, Melissa Etheridge, Muni Long, Ari Lennox, Dustin Lynch and Jimmie Allen to pay homage to Richie’s long career.

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