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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)
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.”

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