Dick Clark wasn’t just the amiable host of “American Bandstand” and the “25,000 Pyramid”, he was one of the most powerful producers in television history. One of Clark’s greatest ideas was the creation of “The American Music Awards”. The music industry already has the definitive award in the Grammy, so why would they need another award show? Let’s go straight to Wikipedia for the behind the scenes answer.
The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammy Awards after the move of that year’s show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall in 1974.
Clark just decided if he couldn’t control the Grammy Awards then why not create his own show, and his vision continues with tonight’s 2013 American Music Awards hosted by Pitbull. While the AMAs will never be considered as prestigious as the Emmy’s they have carved a niche in the way the Golden Globes has. They might not be the top wrung of the ladder, but they still matter. Here’s the breakdown of tonight’s all star performers scheduled to appear.
Musical acts are honored at the annual ceremony at L.A. LIVE’s Nokia Theater in Los Angeles; Pitbull hosts; scheduled performers include Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line and One Direction.
If that doesn’t get you excited then check out the promo with more energy than a double shot of espresso.
With both Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus on stage tonight expect the censors to be all over the dump button in case the acts go too far. I’m excited to see Lady Gaga because she totally killed her appearance last week on SNL. Her musical performance with R.Kelly was the perfect mash up of two personalities. Check out the below video to see two “freaks” at work.
The 2013 American Music Awards kicks off tonight, and you can be apart of it by following the below info.
Date: Sunday, November 24th
Episode Title: “The 2013 American Music Awards”
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Online Stream: ABC.com