DJ Khaled wins favorite hip-hop song at AMAs

DJ Khaled, Asahd Tuck Khaled and Nicole Tuck arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday, in Los Angeles. (AFP)
Updated 20 November 2017
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DJ Khaled wins favorite hip-hop song at AMAs

LOS ANGELES: Palestinian-American record producer DJ Khaled won favorite rap/hip-hop song for “I’m the One,” his No. 1 hit featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, at the American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday. The show paid glowing tribute to legendary divas Diana Ross and the late Whitney Houston.
Bruno Mars, the retro star who found fresh success with the funky beats and R&B harmonies of his latest album “24K Magic,” accepted Artist of the Year with a brief but enthusiastic speech recorded in a moving minivan, as Mars explained he was traveling.
Unveiled at a made-for-television gala in Los Angeles, the AMAs select winners based on fan voting, unlike the more prestigious Grammys which are decided by professionals.
The awards presented a lifetime achievement award to 73-year-old Ross, the towering voice of Motown, who ended the show with a medley of her hits.
The awards also honored Houston to mark 25 years since her blockbuster film and soundtrack “The Bodyguard,” which featured her classic cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Christina Aguilera signed up for the daunting task of doing justice to Houston and reached the high notes with flair despite briefly veering off-key.
But the night’s most memorable performance came from P!nk who dangled off the edge of a 54-story building.
P!nk, singing “Beautiful Trauma” on a headset, was attached by rope to a high floor of the L.A. Live hotel and entertainment complex as she slid acrobatically with dancers on her side and above.
The broadcast switched to Washington where Lady Gaga was putting on an intricately choreographed performance of “The Cure” with pyrotechnics raining from above. Her concert was later interrupted as she was told she won Favorite Female Artist.
A visibly moved Gaga thanked fans and voiced her familiar plea for tolerance, saying, “Remember that if you feel different or you feel not understood, don’t you dare give up.”
Shawn Mendes won favorite adult contemporary artist, beating Mars and Ed Sheeran.
Former One Direction singer Niall Horan won new artist of the year; the Chainsmokers were named favorite electronic dance artist; and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber won collaboration of the year for the hit song “Despacito.”


Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan

Updated 22 July 2018
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Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan

  • Ozil said he was loyal to both his Turkish and German origins
  • He insisted he did not intend to make a political statement

BERLIN: Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup.
Breaking his silence over the snapshot that caused outrage during the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder said in a statement on Twitter that he was loyal to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement.
“Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey,” he said.
“I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish.”
Ozil said he had first met Erdogan in 2010 after the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel watched a Germany-Turkey match together.
“Since then, our paths have crossed a lot of times around the globe,” he said.
“I’m aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions.”
Ozil said despite the timing of the picture with teammate Ilkay Gundogan and Erdogan — shortly before the president won re-election in a poll endowing him with sweeping new powers — “it wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.”
“My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil said.
“I get that this may be hard to understand, as in most cultures the political leader cannot be thought of as being separate from the person. But in this case it is different. Whatever the outcome would’ve been in this previous election, or the election before that, I would have still taken the picture.”
Ozil, 29, came in for stinging criticism in Germany for their shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.
Team boss Oliver Bierhoff suggested after the debacle that Germany should have considered dropping Ozil after his failure to explain himself over the Erdogan picture.
Bierhoff later backtracked, saying that he “was wrong” to put Ozil under undue pressure, but the picture continued to draw scorn from fans on social media.
Germany is home to more than three million people of Turkish origin.