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By David Freelander
The star-studded audience seemed to enjoy the most memorable moments of the 2019 American Music Awards as they watched their favorite performers belt out their hits and mingle with celebrities.
Here are some of the highlights from the ceremony.
Malcolm Barrett is a winner again
The costume designer to “Saturday Night Live” and creator of the lines “Take that, Donald Trump” and “This is my face.” somehow still isn’t taken seriously. (We think).
And now he’s the first American to win three straight AMA awards. How’s that for an American cultural breakthrough?
Gloria Estefan reunites with ‘Miami Sound Machine’
The mother of Emilio Estefan, who took the night off from “Dancing With the Stars,” was serenaded by her son as they shared the stage in a video during the show’s tribute to legendary Latin artists.
Gloria Estefan, who hasn’t performed onstage in 10 years, sang a medley of her biggest hits — including the 1998 No. 1 song “Conga.”
“Not saying you’re not going to win,” she said with her trademark Puerto Rican-heavy accent, “but I’ve got it in the bag.”
BTS 2.0, hands-down
The South Korean boy band won Favorite Artist: Electronic Dance Music. But with band mates sharing the stage, it was hard to tell who won.
The K-pop band is already an international success in Asia. The clip of their first American TV appearance this year has been viewed more than a billion times.
Prince protege Sheila E. was the surprise tribute choice to honor the late music legend at the American Music Awards.
The Motown guitarist used her guitar prowess to re-create Prince’s infamous “Batdance” from 1979.
When the curtain opened to reveal a live band featuring Gary Clark Jr., it was clear it wasn’t going to be the same performance the late music legend left behind.
Performers and presenters clearly had some love for Sheila.