BEST: Khalid and Imagine Dragons mash it up
The AMAs' nominee
slates are pretty bloodlessly crafted; true to its "give the people what
they want" origins, the show uses sales
figures and other "key fan interactions" to determine who might
receive a trophy. But even keeping that in mind, it felt like Khalid,
the 19-year-old singer-songwriter whose woozy "Young, Dumb and Broke"
is one of pop radio's bright spots, had been snubbed from the New Artist of the
Year roster – his frank lyrics, keen pop instincts and young-Bill-Withers voice
give him a generation- and genre-spanning appeal. Grafting "Broke"
onto Imagine Dragons' stomping "Thunder" wasn't the ideal setting,
but it did at least allow the increasingly overwrought Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or
Group winners to lighten up a bit.