Canadians Shine at American Music Awards

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The 43rd annual American Music Awards (AMAs) took place tonight at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, USA. Three of the four red carpet performers were Canadians: Francesco Yates, Alessia Cara, and Shawn Mendes. Mendes was also a presenter at the gala along with fellow Canadian Kevin O’Leary.

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Gala performers included Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette, Céline Dion, and The Weeknd! Alanis teamed up with Demi Lovato for two generations of girl power.

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The Weeknd performed with a stage literally on fire! He won multiple awards including for Favourite Album – R&B/Soul and Favourite Artist in the same genre. He was presented with a trophy by none other than Prince!

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While The Weeknd had everything up in flames, Justin Bieber had to provide a little water action. He performed a medley of three songs: “Where Are U Now” which won the Collaboration of the Year Award with Skrillex and Diplo, “What Do You Mean”, and “Sorry”.

bieber water action

And, yes, the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all time Céline Dion performed Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” before a series of beautiful backdrops of Paris. Many in the audience – both men and women – were bawling. It was truly magnificent.

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