On Sunday night’s (Nov. 22) American Music Awards, there were some very polished moments. From the big dance numbers to the tribute to the terror attacks in Paris.
But as usual, the best moments came from the heart.
Like when Luke Bryan took the stage to accept his AMA for favorite country male artist, and couldn’t ignore the 20-second make-out session between Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor at the end of their performance of Puth’s “Marvin Gaye” right before his win was announced.
“I’m still laughin’ at ol’ Charlie and Meghan gettin’ it on over there, doin’ a little smoochin’. It rolled after the commercial break, too,” Bryan said. “Thank you so much for this. I wanna thank my wife. I love you, baby. Thank you for letting me have fun every night. The fans, and I always forget this guy—Jay Williams—my booking agent. I love you, buddy. And everybody that helps me take my show to the road and give it to the fans.”
Sam Hunt won his first AMA, for new artist of the year, but he ran up on stage like a seasoned veteran of big awards shows.
“I’m proud to represent country music tonight. To all my people back in Nashville who have been there from the start, you put your faith in me. You were down for the long haul,” he said. “We kind of threw our keys over the fence and never looked back. And I really appreciate you for that.”
When Carrie Underwood accepted her favorite country female artist award, she thanked fans and God and the two best things in her life.
“Thank you, fans. I thank God for you, and for country music. And for all the blessings. I still don’t know how I’m on this stage right now, to be honest. I’m so, so thankful. To my husband and my little Isaiah,” she said, “you guys are the best things in my life. So much to be thankful for.”
Earlier in the night, Florida Georgia Line won AMAs for favorite country duo and favorite country album.
The only country performances of the night were Underwood’s “Heartbeat,” and Bryan’s duet with Karen Fairchild on his new single “Home Alone Tonight.” Although the show’s host Jennifer Lopez did include a split second of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” in her big opening number.
— 96.3 KSCS (@963kscs) November 23, 2015