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Here's your 2017 American Music Awards recap. Congrats to AMA Artist of the Year, Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars was the big winner at the 2017 American Music Awards. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend the ceremony. That didn't stop him from going a little crazy on his socials once he found out he had won seven out of the eight AMAs he was nominated for.

This interaction between the AMAs and Bruno Mars post-show has been hilarious.

Below are the live updates from the show. As you'll quickly realize, this music loving pop culture reporter thought the AMAs were awesome.

Diana Ross just sang an incredible medley of songs that spanned her momentous career. In every audience shot we saw from home during her performance, no one was without a smile on their face. There was certainly one on mine, from the very first note of "I'm Coming Out."

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The rest of the night is going to be all about the one and only Diana Ross, honored tonight with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama just congratulated Diana Ross and recalled when she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year.

Next, Jared Leto presented the biggest award of the night. (To the artist we totally predicted.)

Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran

Not every award was handed out live on stage this evening. Here's a rundown of the untelevised categories and winners:

Tour of the Year
Garth Brooks
Coldplay
U2

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Video of the Year
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber "Despacito"
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"

Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars
Drake
Ed Sheeran

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars "24K Magic"
Drake "More Life"
The Weeknd "Starboy"

Favorite Song -Pop/Rock
The Chainsmokers f/ Halsey "Closer"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber "Despacito"
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"*

Favorite Female Artist - Country
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Duo or Group - Country
Florida Georgia Line
Little Big Town
Old Dominion

Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Migos

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake "More Life"
Kendrick Lamar "DAMN."
Migos "Culture"

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
Beyoncé
Kehlani
Rihanna

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Favorite Album - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars "24K Magic"
Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!"
The Weeknd "Starboy"

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"
Khalid "Location"
The Weeknd "Starboy"

Favorite Artist - Latin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Shakira

Favorite Artist - Contemporarty Inspirational
Lauren Daigle
MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

Top Soundtrack
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana
Trolls

Back to the show recap:

Performing for the first time on U.S. television, the international pop powerhouse you've likely never heard of, BTS, made a lot of people in the AMA audience dance. And cry. And probably deaf in at least one ear as the fans screaming for them were the loudest of the night. That was more than insane. Wow.

Kelly Clarkson, looking like she was about to take flight at any second, just performed her classic "Miss Independent" and her current "Love So Soft." I'm so, so happy we got seconds of both Kelly and P!nk tonight. In my opinion, these two ladies were responsible for the three best performances of the night.

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Time for another award:

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park - WINNER
twenty-one pilots

Niall Horan, who won the AMA for New Artist of the Year just moments ago, did his best to perform "Slow Hands" over the incessant screaming from the front rows of the Microsoft Theater.

Here's the next award, another big one:

Collaboration of the Year
The Chainsmokers f/ Halsey "Closer"
DJ Khaled f/ Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne "I'm the One"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber "Despacito" - WINNER
Maroon 5 f/ Kendrick Lamar "Don't Wanna Know"
The Weeknd f/ Daft Punk "Starboy"

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Holy sh*t. When a lot of pop stars have trouble singing live while safely standing on a stage, P!nk just sang every word to her single, "Beautiful Trauma," while suspended from the roof the of the J. W. Marriott hotel and danced on the face of the building with a crew of aerial performers. Wow.

This is not the first time P!nk has taken to the air to perform. She's been doing it for years now but tonight many are saying she really took it to another level.

Nick Cannon presented the next award, one of the night's most anticipated.

New Artist of the Year
James Arthur
Niall Horan
Julia Michaels
Post Malone
Rae Sremmurd

Imagine Dragons, AMA winners from earlier tonight, performed a confetti-filled "Thunder" alongside Khalid.

Lady Gaga, again live from Washington D.C., accepted the next award:

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Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock
Alessia Cara
Lady Gaga - WINNER
Rihanna

Zedd, on piano, and Alessia Cara, with her amazing vocals, were channeling a little Clean Bandit with that string section accompanying their electronic dance hit, "Stay."

Portgual. The Man followed Macklemore on stage and sang their hit, "Feel It Still." Loved it. These guys are so much fun.

Macklemore, with Skylar Grey, performed their new single, "Glorious," for the AMA crowd next. Capping off their performance, Macklemore very sweetly wished his grandma a happy birthday.

Lady Gaga just performed her hit "The Cure" live via satellite from her concert date in Washington, D.C. (I think we can all agree that everyone was way too close to the pyro during that performance, right? I know it made me and a couple of my friends very nervous.)

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Next award up:

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
Bruno Mars
Shawn Mendes - WINNER (The first of his career, by the way.)
Ed Sheeran

Singing "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "Run to You," and a choir-backed version of "I'm Every Woman" that had the entire audience on its feet, Christina Aguilera honored her idol, Whitney Houston, on the 25th anniversary of the release of the film The Bodyguard. I don't mind telling you, I was on my feet at home as well.

Thank you, Whitney, for being the best inspiration ever!
Christina Aguilera, at the end of her tribute to Whitney Houston and 'The Bodyguard'

No one is having more fun at the American Music Awards than P!nk and Kelly Clarkson. Here's proof:

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Next award up was:

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music
The Chainsmokers - WINNER
DJ Snake
Calvin Harris

Next award - no, make that awards - went to a country music superstar.

Favorite Male Artist - Country
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Keith Urban - WINNER

Favorite Album - Country
Jason Aldean "They Don't Know"
Chris Stapleton " From a Room: Volume 1"
Keith Urban "Ripcord" - WINNER

Favorite Song - Country
Sam Hunt "Body Like a Back Road"
Jon Pardi "Dirt on My Boots"
Keith Urban "Blue Ain't Your Color" - WINNER

Urban couldn't hold all three awards and make his speech so it was convenient Nicole Kidman was in the front row to grab a couple for him.

For the first time publicly, Selena Gomez performed her new single, "Wolves."

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The first few lines of Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" were nearly drowned out by the screams of his many, many fans in the audience. Apparently one of those fans is Keith Urban, who was caught standing, dancing and singing along to every word. Mendes really killed it onstage tonight at the AMAs and over the course of this last year.

Next award up:

Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop
DJ Khaled f/ Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne "I'm the One" - WINNER
Kendrick Lamar "Humble."
Rae Sremmurd f/ Gucci Mane "Black Beatles"

Next up, an interesting choice of collaborators, Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt. A lot of genres represented during that performance of "Let Me Go," for sure.

A leather jacket-clad Nick Jonas took the stage next with his new single, "Find You." (I'd hate to have to follow Demi Lovato but Nick and the eight great dancers who backed him up sure did their best.)

First award of the night:

Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons - WINNER

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Demi Lovato performed her megahit, "Sorry Not Sorry," with a stage full of back-up dancers and singers. It was great.

Did Tracee Ellis Ross just walk out and open the AMAs by saying, "YAASS" several time? Yes, yes, she did. Sorry, I mean, yaass, yaass, she did. I can already tell she's going to be hilarious all night long.

P!nk and Kelly Clarkson just opened the show with a cover of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts," in honor of the many first responders to some of the worst natural disasters and episodes of hate-fueled violence we've seen this year. Powerful. Beautiful. Wow.

And that hug at the end? Awwwww.

I'm very excited to see the beginning of the 2017 American Music Awards. In today's music world, the collaboration is so important, thus, they occur very frequently. How two of the biggest names in pop music, Kelly Clarkson and P!nk, have never performed together is beyond me. I'm a huge fan of both of them, own everything they've ever released. We're just a couple minutes away from the show.

To see what everyone wore to the 2017 American Music Awards, click HERE.

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For lots more preview information about the AMAs, see below.

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The 45th annual American Music Awards (AMAs) will air on ABC Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Singer Bruno Mars leads the pack with eight nominations and I can't imagine a scenario in which he doesn't work his "24K Magic" and goes home empty handed.

This year, the AMAs - the world's largest fan-voted award show - can be seen in 200 countries, which is pretty impressive.

That means viewers all around the world can watch Tracee Ellis Ross, star of Black-ish, not only host the show but honor her superstar mother, Diana Ross, with the AMA for Lifetime Achievement.

And, they'll be handing out some coveted statues, some shiny mantle candy previously awarded to some superstar singers, like these fellas:

And to some incredibly talented women:

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Audiences, both watching at home and live in Los Angeles, will witness what will surely be a memorable performance by the elder Ross before she's most certainly helicoptered immediately out of there. Oh, what I would give to be on the roof of the Microsoft Theater as she's coming out and asking that chopper pilot if he knows where he's going to.

There are multiple options for watching red carpet arrivals during the two hours prior to the live award show, but if you're more into the music than the manicure-cams, the 8 p.m. ET show open is what it's all about.

This year, two pop music icons are kicking things off and will be, given their killer careers, kicking major ass. Yeah, I'm talking about P!nk & Kelly Clarkson, just like everyone else has been since the moment this diabolical duet was announced.

How have these two powerhouse performers, these world class vocalists never previously shared a stage? As a rabid fan of both, I literally cannot wait. It seems like they kinda can't either, as per Twitter.

One artist P!nk has done a (now classic) collaboration with is Christina Aguilera, who is also an AMA performer this year.

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They won a well deserved GRAMMY for their 2001 Moulin Rouge megahit, "Lady Marmalade," which also featured Mya, Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim.

Aguilera will be paying tribute to Whitney Houston and her performance in the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard. That film hit theaters 25 years ago this November 25th.

That film's soundtrack, the best-selling of its kind in history, hit shelves on November 17, 1992, and has sold more than 45 million copies.

As a huge fan of both Houston and Aguilera, and as a person who has seen The Bodyguard in a theater over 20 times and at home at least another twenty thousand, I'm super-excited for this part of the show.

I've been imagining Aguilera's "And I.......," over and over as she performs what has become Houston's signature song, one of the best-selling singles of all time, Record of the Year GRAMMY winner, and Dolly Parton-penned anthem, "I Will Always Love You."

In addition, there are a ton more performers scheduled to be part of the broadcast:

Selena Gomez

Demi Lovato, performing one of my favorites of 2017, "Sorry Not Sorry"

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BTS, in their first U.S. television performance

AMA for New Artist of the Year nominee, Niall Horan

Imagine Dragons w/ Khalid

Zedd and Alessia Cara will perform their EDM hit, "Stay"

Portugal. The Man doing their breakout hit, "Feel It Still"

Lady Gaga

Nick Jonas

Shawn Mendes

And, presenting the awards over the course of the evening will be artists like:

Jared Leto

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Baby Driver Ansel Elgort

Viola Davis

Stranger Things actor Gaten Matarazzo

and Billy Eichner

Here are all the categories and nominees. (Also, there's a * next to the nominee we think will end their day with an AMA.)
(Winners in bold.) (We got 15 out of 28 categories right. Not bad. But, not great.)

Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars*
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran

New Artist of the Year
James Arthur
Niall Horan*
Julia Michaels
Post Malone
Rae Sremmurd

Collaboration of the Year
The Chainsmokers f/ Halsey "Closer"
DJ Khaled f/ Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne "I'm the One"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber "Despacito"*
Maroon 5 f/ Kendrick Lamar "Don't Wanna Know"
The Weeknd f/ Daft Punk "Starboy"

Tour of the Year
Garth Brooks
Coldplay*
U2

Video of the Year
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"*
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber "Despacito"
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"

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Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars
Drake
Ed Sheeran*

Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock
Alessia Cara
Lady Gaga
Rihanna*

Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock
The Chainsmokers*
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Album - Pop/Rock
Bruno Mars "24K Magic"*
Drake "More Life"
The Weeknd "Starboy"

Favorite Song -Pop/Rock
The Chainsmokers f/ Halsey "Closer"
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber "Despacito"
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"*

Favorite Male Artist - Country
Sam Hunt*
Thomas Rhett
Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist - Country
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood*

Favorite Duo or Group - Country
Florida Georgia Line*
Little Big Town
Old Dominion

Favorite Album - Country
Jason Aldean "They Don't Know"
Chris Stapleton " From a Room: Volume 1"
Keith Urban "Ripcord"

Favorite Song - Country
Sam Hunt "Body Like a Back Road"
Jon Pardi "Dirt on My Boots"
Keith Urban "Blue Ain't Your Color"

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Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake
Kendrick Lamar*
Migos

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop
Drake "More Life"
Kendrick Lamar "DAMN."*
Migos "Culture"

Favorite Song - Rap/Hip-Hop
DJ Khaled f/ Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne "I'm the One"*
Kendrick Lamar "Humble."
Rae Sremmurd f/ Gucci Mane "Black Beatles"

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars*
Childish Gambino
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
Beyoncé*
Kehlani
Rihanna

Favorite Album - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars "24K Magic"*
Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!"
The Weeknd "Starboy"

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"*
Khalid "Location"
The Weeknd "Starboy"

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
twenty-one pilots*

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
Bruno Mars
Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran*

Favorite Artist - Latin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi*
Shakira

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Favorite Artist - Contemporarty Inspirational
Lauren Daigle*
MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music
The Chainsmokers*
DJ Snake
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana*
Trolls

For more music stories on Circa, click HERE.

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