Saturday, July 13, 2024

American Music Awards So Forgettable They’ll Be Announced on Snapchat; Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth Likely Nominees


The American Music Awards are like the 7-11 of the awards business, disposable and forgettable. So much so that this year, several of the nominations will be announced on SnapChat on October 13th. If you’re too old to know, Snapchat is the disappearing ink of the current teen generation. Here now, gone in thirty seconds.

The AMAs have also decreed that Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth will announce some of the nominations on “Good Morning America” on October 13th. I know you’re thinking, who? Puth is a good little up and coming singer who probably wouldn’t get a Grammy award, so he’s opted for the AMAs. Jonas is the brother of Nick Jonas, who’s had a couple of singles this year that also probably aren’t Grammy material.

As AMA “nominees” and then “winners” are selected in a darkened room in Encino or over margaritas in Tecate at dawn, Puth and Nick Jonas are likely multiple entries in all categories. If they do well, they will advance to the Dick Clark Productions’ other awards shows this season.

You can bet that another big AMA participant will be Sam Smith, fresh off his Grammy wins last spring. The November 22nd date of the show will fall one month after the release of the James Bond movie “Spectre.” Smith’s theme single, “Writing’s on the Wall,” which seems like a non hit at this point, will seem like a hit there.

Remember: those who perform on the AMAs are not invited to perform on the Grammy Awards. So don’t expect a big Taylor Swift turn out on the AMAs. She’s got to save herself for February, when “1989” should sweep.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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