American Music Awards 2017: 10 Best, Worst and Most WTF Moments

Diana Ross' family affair, Pink and Kelly Clarkson's gravity-defying voices, BTS' American television debut and more big moments from the 2017 AMAs.

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WORST: Artist of the Year dudes blow off the night
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WORST: Artist of the Year dudes blow off the night

Tracee Ellis Ross' opening monologue shouted out the "brave women" in music who reflected culture's movement toward ladies being able to own their experiences and bodies in public, and the girl-powered lineup bore out that claim. But the real story of the year was told by the nomination slate for Artist of the Year, which was made up of four solo artists and one duo – and no women, unless the parade of sullen singers assisting The Chainsmokers' downer dance hits count. (They don't.) Four of those five nominees blew off the ceremony entirely because of other commitments; winner Bruno Mars accepted his (deserved!) trophy while tooling around an undisclosed location in the back of a minivan. Pop's recent dominance by men did, finally, break at the end of the summer, when the dual successes of Taylor Swift's self-referential "Look What You Made Me Do" and Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" opened the gates for female artists like Demi Lovato and Pink to claim a signifcant presence in the upper echelons of the charts; here's hoping next year's nominations will result in a slate more reflective of the mood Ross outlined in her rousing speech.  

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