Image Group LA/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Host Pitbull said it best before the 2014 American Music Awards when he told fans, “Get ready to celebrate!”
Sunday night’s AMAs promised to be more than just a night of handing out honors, but more of an entertainment spectacle with more than 15 performances by the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
If you missed the show live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered with the top five moments of the night. Here they are:
1. Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ Debut & Dick Clark Award
Swift kicked off the show in one of the most original performances in award show history. Swift’s TV debut of “Blank Space” featured zombie-like dancers and her having an interesting, yet romantic dinner inside a picture frame, hovering above the main stage. Then, Swift brought the drama, wearing a short, stunning black and nude dress, taking out her aggression on a handsome dancer. The performance ended with a collage of picture frames and Swift’s iconic voice. A smirk on Swift’s face at the end gave away the fact that the “1989″ singer knew she nailed it.
2. Iggy Azalea Wins Her ‘First Ever’ Award for Best Hip-Hop Album
When Jamie Foxx announced that Iggy Azalea had won the award for Best Hip-Hop album for her breakout hit “The New Classic,” you figured the “Fancy” singer must have won a slew of awards over the past year. In fact, Iggy came up on stage and revealed “This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my whole life.”
She later won for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist and closed the show with a jaw-dropping performance alongside Jennifer Lopez.
4. Lorde Debuts ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Hit “Yellow Flicker Beat”
It started like something out of a movie. Lorde singing in the dark about “silver and gold scars” when she debuted her song from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack. Singing her powerful track “Yellow Flicker Beat” in a closed-off room, it was all about the music.
The box rose and unveiled an energetic Lorde dancing around stage in a white crop top. “This is the start of how it all ends.”
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- The NFL on Sunday night confirmed what had been rumored for over a month: Katy Perry will headline the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.
Katy's performance was officially announced during NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game.
The singer, who's currently touring Australia, subsequently tweeted that her band was watching the game, and added, "Can’t wait for February 1st."
Katy further wrote that she's "already started testing out ideas!"
In conjunction with the announcement, Pepsi has released a comical new spot starring Katy in which she shows fans her "halftime testing facility," where she throws out ideas for her performance.
NBC will air Super Bowl 49 live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Katy strongly hinted at her Super Bowl appearance last month, when, following a report that she would perform at the big game, she tweeted, "Ahh, Sunday...Nothing but sitting on the couch, watching my new favorite sport...," with a football emoji added at the end.
Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showcased his talent during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Beckham, defended by Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr, raced toward the end zone. Quarterback Eli Manning fired from about 50 yards away. As the pass came in, Carr grabbed Beckham’s left arm and jersey, trying to keep him from making the catch (which is illegal).
The 22-year-old wideout wasn’t deterred, reaching backward -- his right arm nearly parallel with the ground -- and somehow snagging the ball with his fingertips, hauling in one of football’s most mind-boggling catches.
ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- New Dancing with the Stars champions will be crowned this week.
Only four couples remain in the ABC competition heading into part one of the 19th-season finale on Monday night. They will perform both a freestyle routine as well as a judges' choice.
The show will award its Mirror Ball Trophy to the winners the following night.
The final four couples are Bethany Mota and Derek Hough; Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson; and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas.
Las Vegas oddsmaker Johnny Avello has tabbed Ribeiro as the front-runner among the celebrities. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor knows he's a popular choice, but he also understands that he needs to take care of business in the ballroom if he wants to take home the Mirrorball Trophy.
He tells ABC News Radio, "I think this year the competition is as tight as it's ever been on the show. I think that literally I look at it and I say any one of the four couples could win."
Parrish and her partner, Chmerkovskiy, believe a triumph in the finals would validate the effort they put in throughout the season. Parrish says, "We've built this amazing team for the last four months and we've worked really hard, and I think it would mean the world to us to win together."
If Mota and Hough are named the champions this week, Mota will owe much of her success to her partner, whom she relied on to create their routine for their freestyle dance. The YouTube star laments, "I wish I was able to give more input, but I'm not because I don't do this. I really have no idea how to help."
Monday's performance show airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The winner will be announced Tuesday night during a two-hour results show that begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- The Queen Latifah Show has been canceled.
Host Queen Latifah announced the news via her Facebook page Friday.
Her statement, addressed to her staff and crew, read in part: "Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running. Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed 'True Grit'! ...We truly changed people’s lives for the better..."
Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- The odds were ever in favor of Katniss Everdeen this weekend, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened atop the box office, dominating the weekend while bringing in over $100 million.
While the third film in the series didn't quite match the opening weekend success of the first two, it did shoot straight to the top. Grossing $123 million, it topped second place Big Hero 6 by over $100 million.
Last week's box office winner, Dumb and Dumber To, fell to fourth, while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar each remained in the same spots as last week -- second and third, respectively.
Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: $123 million 2. Big Hero 6: $20.086 million 3. Interstellar: $15.1 million 4. Dumb and Dumber To: $13.82 million 5. Gone Girl: $2.815 million 6. Beyond the Lights: $2.63 million 7. St. Vincent: $2.354 million 8. Fury (2014): $1.9 million 9. Birdman: $1.855 million 10. The Theory of Everything: $1.5 million
Pitbull Productions, Inc./Greg Watermann(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and the show's executive producer said that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous."
"Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10 p.m. Don't do that. You better start at 8 p.m., 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back. ... It's gonna open up with a huge 'wow,'" AMA executive producer Larry Klein told ABC News. "And it's gonna go for three hours and end with a big 'wow.'"
With 18 musical performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, it's no wonder that the show will be a huge production. Klein said the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances.
"The show represents all the different genres of music, so you got rap and hip-hop and country and R&B and pop and rock," he said. "And what you have to do is try to make all those things blend together into one, three-hour, cohesive show. That's a challenge."
He added, "I think what we're doing is just representing what pop culture is in today's world. Listen to any radio station -- I don't care what the station is -- the songs you hear on those radio stations you'll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them."
With all this talk of the performances, it's hard to remember that trophies will be handed out, as well. But, as Klein said, that's really not the main attraction and it never has been, as per instructions from the show's creator, the late Dick Clark.
"We're an awards show like other awards shows, but Dick Clark always said, 'We're an entertainment show. Entertainment first, awards second,'" he said. "Awards mean a lot, but what Dick Clark created was a show that was for the masses, for the public to enjoy, to watch. It's the world's biggest fan-based show. We have 18 performers on the show. I always think of it as 18 little miniseries in a three-hour show."
The show will be hosted by Pitbull, and Klein explained why he's such a great host.
"He brings energy like you can't imagine, and I want people to understand that when you see Pit on stage with his energy, please don't think he's doing that for television," Klein said. "I hang out with Pit a lot. He's one of my best friends. We're at a restaurant, he has that same energy; we're driving in a car, he has that same energy. So, please, you gotta understand: What you see on stage -- he's like that 24/7!"
Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for "Fancy," her smash collaboration with Iggy Azalea.
"I don't do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever," she told ABC News. "You know, of course, I'm very grateful but it's just like ... I'd rather be in the studio, I guess. But of course, I'm very thankful."
Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show and admitted it's pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time.
"But that's when I remind myself what the song's about. It's about having a good time and it's about spreading the love -- and I gotta take my own advice!" she said.
Here are the nominees:
Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan One Direction Katy Perry
New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer Iggy Azalea Bastille Sam Smith Meghan Trainor
Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” John Legend, “All of Me” MAGIC!, “Rude” Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
John Legend Sam Smith Pharrell Williams
Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea Lorde Katy Perry
Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons One Direction OneRepublic
Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine One Direction, Midnight Memories Katy Perry, Prism
Favorite Male Artist -- Country
Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Artist -- Country
Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood
Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country
Eli Young Band Florida Georgia Line Lady Antebellum
Favorite Album -- Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences Eric Church, The Outsiders Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea Drake Eminem
Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic Drake, Nothing Was The Same Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B
Chris Brown John Legend Pharrell Williams
Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko Beyoncé Mary J. Blige
Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé John Legend, Love in the Future Pharrell Williams, G I R L
Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it's not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write "The Last Goodbye" and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.
The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.
Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- Bill Cosby briefly addressed the "innuendos" about him before a performance in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening, and his lawyer released a statement denouncing what he described as the media's focus on "fantastical stories" in which women have accused the comedian of sexual abuse.
Cosby spoke briefly to Florida Today before Friday's show, denouncing an alleged call by a radio station to heckle his performance and explaining his recent silence on the accusations against him.
"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," he said. “People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."
In addition, Cosby's lawyer, Martin D. Singer, made the following statement to ABC News:
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity."
"These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."
"Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted."
"This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?"
"It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."
Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Robin Williams' death devastated his family. However, his son, Zak, said that they're trying to move forward.
"We're doing okay," he told Us Weekly. ""We're acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step."
Zak, 31, is the oldest of Williams' three children. He also has two half-siblings Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.
"Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good," he said. "She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we're working with them to do good in the world."
Robin Williams was 63 when he died this past August of an apparent suicide.
However, he left behind a legacy that his son cherishes.
"Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone," he said. "And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations."
Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in September, Cher became ill and and had to reschedule all her concert dates. Now, she's been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates because she still hasn't made a full recovery.
"I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me," Cher said in a statement. "I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started."
The singer, 68, wrapped up the first leg of her "Dressed to Kill" tour in March, but before she embarked on a second leg, she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates. Now, her doctors have advised her that she needs even more time to ensure a "complete and total recovery."
Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.
The dates were to have run through January, and included two shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two country stars, Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman, made personal announcements on Thursday: They're gay.
Herndon, 52, went first, tellingPeople magazine that he realized he was gay when he was about 10 years old and told his loved ones ten years later.
Now, in a happy relationship with his longtime partner, Matt, Herndon is looking forward to one day marrying and starting a family. He's also hoping that his announcement will help others.
"During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been," he told the magazine. "Maybe they wouldn't have to go through as much pain and suffering. It's time to tell my truth."
One person he inspired was Gilman, 26, who made his own announcement via a YouTube post.
"It’s taken me a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now," Gilman began. "But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. And I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years, to know."
Gilman went on to explain that he decided to come out after he was spotted with his partner, "who I am happily now sharing my life with," by a local reporter. As a result, he felt it was important to tell his fans the truth behind the photo before it hit the press.
"I know some people won’t agree with this. And that’s OK. To each his own," he said. "But I felt it was time for me to be honest and to be truthful. I love you all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you."
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Every year, a celebrity's son or daughter is tapped by Hollywood Foreign Press Association to hand out awards at the Golden Globes.
In 2015, the honor will belong to Greer Grammer, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer and Barrie Buckner.
"I screamed and I jumped up and down," she told People of receiving the nod. "I was just so happy...It was such a dream come true."
Here are a few things to know about the 22-year-old:
1. Acting is in her blood -- and her name: Grammer tweeted in 2009 that she was named for Academy Award winner Greer Carson. "She's absolutely radiant," gushed Grammer. "I can only hope to live up to the name."
2. She's college-educated: Greer attended the University of Southern California where she belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
3. She's already landed a few big roles: Though she's only been acting for a few years, she's already appeared in two big TV series, iCarlyand Awkward, in which she played series regular Lissa.
4. She likes to lay low: Born and raised in Malibu, Grammer loves to hit the beach, ride her bike and do other quiet activities. "I’m so boring. Most people go out but I lay in my bed. I binge-watch Friday Night Lights," she told Complex U.K.. "My boyfriend lives in Brentwood so sometimes we’ll go to Santa Monica. The past few weekends, I’ll ride my bike and get ice cream. I live a very normal life."
5. She feels supported by both of her parents: Grammer gushed to People that her parents were both "so proud" when she told them about Miss Golden Globe. "I called them separately and my mom was over the moon and I had to tell her not to tell anybody, because I know that she would have called everyone right off the bat, and same with my dad," she told the magazine. "They're so excited to see me on stage. I can't wait."
Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas) -- Bill Cosby took the stage in the Bahamas Thursday night for a women's charity event and, despite opening the show on a personal note, he didn't comment on the recent sexual abuse allegations against him.
Cosby, 77, began the show at the Atlantis Resort with stories of his life growing up in the housing projects in Philadelphia, followed by an evening of laughter and applause.
He never commented or alluded to the allegations by several women that he drugged and raped or sexually abused them, some of their stories dating back as far as five decades ago.
The audience not only enjoyed Cosby's set, but some defended him.
"It's sad that somebody so famous can be brought down, you know, by this," a member of the audience told ABC.
The women's group that organized the event, The Links Inc., addressed having Cosby perform amid all the accusations.
"Recent accusations against Bill Cosby are alarming and unsettling," the group told ABC News. "Being that no formal charges have been filed against Mr. Cosby, we therefore don't deem it appropriate to further comment on the accusations."
This performance ended a week in which several women have stepped forward with the abuse allegations.
Cosby's attorneys told ABC News overnight that two women who came forward with allegations Thursday are simply accusers "coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories."
Cosby, who has never been criminally charged in connection with the allegations and has repeatedly denied them in the past, was first publicly accused of assault 10 years ago, in 2004. The allegations have gained attention in recent weeks as a number of women have come forward.
John P. Schmitt, one of Cosby's lawyer, posted a notice this past Sunday to the comedian's website, saying Cosby would not be addressing "decade-old, discredited allegations.”
"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true," Schmitt said in the statement. "There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."