The American Music Awards


Lifetime achievement award winner Diana Ross, left, and Berry Gordy pose in the press room at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Bruno Mars wasn’t at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he was the big winner with seven awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Mars also won Video of the Year and Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock, and Favorite Album, Pop/Rock.

“I wish I could be partying with y’all,” said Mars, who appeared in a video.

Also picking up multiple awards were Keith Urban, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. Diana Ross received the lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards. Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama congratulated Ross in a video before the style icon, singer and actress delivered an upbeat medley of her hits.

Her performance Sunday included “I’m Coming Out,” ″Take Me Higher” and “The Best Years of My Life.” She dedicated the performance to her fans, saying “You are everything to me,” and invited her family up on the stage to celebrate the honor, including the awards show host Tracee Ellis Ross. Her medley was exceptional and that’s good because Black folks were visibly absent in the performance department. Congrats to all of the winners!


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