American Music Awards: Justin, Taylor & Macklemore pick early awards

Sunday night (24th November, 2013) saw the most awaited American Music awards night. Singers like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis used the award accepting stage for spreading a message of tolerance rather than just thanking friends and colleagues.

Well, Macklemore is originally named as Ben Haggerty. He received the award for favorite rap/hip-hop album, then referred Martin Luther King Jr in a live satellite supply from the rap group's latest tour stop.

While accepting award, Macklemore said, “Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.”  He further added, “This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”

Florida became the epicenter after the killer of Martin was freed under ‘Stand your ground’ law of the state. For Macklemore and Lewis, it was the first award of the function. The album ‘The Heist’ became an instant and unexpected hit and made them the AMA’s top nominees. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Marc Anthony, Imagine Dragons and Rihanna also received early awards.

Katty Perry was the first performer of the evening. She was dressed in a traditional Japanese dress. She danced on ‘Unconditionally’ along with dozens of back ground dancers clad in colorful costumes. The show took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tawlor Swift received country album award for his album ‘Red’. “ ‘Red’ is very different than any album I've made before and the reason I was able to do that was because of the fans.” Swift said. “I cannot believe what you've done in the last year. This album came out almost exactly a year ago and the fact that 6 million of you went out and bought it is crazy.”, he further added.

Justin Timlerlake received award from Swift. He received award for rock/pop favorite male artist. Timlerlake thanked “everyone who took to their Twitter and got busy”. He took his guitar and also played ‘Drink You Away’.

Billy Ray Cyrus was also present at the function. He posed with fans and signed autographs. Many other celebrities also walked the red carpet.