Who Won Single of the Year at the AMAs? It Wasn't Revealed During the Performance-Filled Show
Well, this proves it ladies and gentlemen. Just because you've been nominated for an Oscar, it doesn't mean you're guaranteed to take home an American Music Award. During Sunday night's AMAs, Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Magic!, and Iggy Azalea were all taken down by Katy Perry, who won the AMA for Single of the Year, despite Azalea taking home quite a few awards herself throughout the evening. Perry won the honor for her single "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J, which was not necessarily expected, as basically everyone and their mother thought Azalea would take home the award. But after Perry beat both Iggy and Lorde in the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist category, it seemed more likely that the Prism artist could steal the win away from the popular Aussie rapper. Of course, even if you watched the show, you probably didn't know about Perry's win, as the Single of the Year award wasn't included in the broadcast.
Who would have thought that "Dark Horse" would beat out "Happy," "All of Me," "Rude," or "Fancy"? Apparently the AMAs' voters, who clearly consisted of many Perry fans. But they didn't learn "Dark Horse" had won until the end credits of the show, when it was shown in text on the screen. What did the AMAs want to make room for instead? It's not clear, but I can only assume that since Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's performance of "Booty" closed the whole night, it must be thanks to the two of them.
Performances dominated the American Music Awards over the awards themselves, which normally wouldn't be a concern to me, but does seem a bit strange. Perry's win for Single of the Year really didn't need to be displayed simply because Perry herself was not present at the telecast thanks to her world tour taking her to Australia. But what if Magic! or Iggy had won? Those two artists were definitely at the awards show, as they both performed. That wouldn't have been the nicest move on the part of the AMAs, especially if Magic! won, because it would have been their only win of the night.
The award didn't even get a shout out from host Pitbull, aka Mr. Worldwide, but what award did get a shout out? Favorite Latin Artist, which Pitbull revealed was won by his friend Enrique Iglesias. Despite all of this, Perry was still one of the night's big winners and had a chance to speak to the audience and fans when she won her first award of the night for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, again beating Azalea and also Lorde. To be honest, if getting rid of Single of the Year from the telecast means more time for Iggy Azalea and J Lo's "Booty" performance and Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, and Ariana Grande's "Bang Bang" performance, I never need to see anyone win that award ever again. Female performance power, people. It trumps all.