Tuesday, April 23, 2024

UPDATED FRI: American Music Awards Presenters Are a Curious Lot of Models, Wannabes, and Robert Downey Jr.


UPDATE NOV 18: More odd names added– it’s as if they looked in Celebrity Bulletin and asked, Who’s in town? Mark Cuban, Ansel Elgort, Florida Georgia Line, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Blake Jenner, Hannah Jeter, Bryce Harper, Jenny McCarthy, Milla Jovovich, Idina Menzel, TJ Miller, Janelle Monae, Olivia Munn, Rachel Platten, Rebecca Romijn, Ryan Seacrest, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissy Teigen, and Bella Thorne. (PS Is the current Miss America really named Savvy Shields? Sounds like a porn actress.)


NOV 17: What you have to love about the American Music Awards is that they are just so weird. This year is no exception. They have a bunch of musicians– like Sting and Lady Gaga– who will perform and just be great.

But the presenters– oy vey– how did they come up with this list? For one thing the show is hosted by Jay Pharaoh, who we love from “Saturday Night Live.” But he’s been paired with an entity called Gigi Hadid. She’s a model, somehow connected to the K people and formerly maybe the stepdaughter of music producer David Foster. She also dates Zayn Malik, the anxious ex member of One Direction.

I wish I could read Jay Pharoah’s mind right now. Or hack his phone calls to his agent.

The presenters of the AMAs are a puzzlement, starting with Robert Downey Jr.– okay, he released an album. And Ciara– okay, she’s a singer. But Matt Bomer? Nina Dobrev?  Taraji P. Henson? And let me add: Julianne Hough, Karlie Kloss, Heidi Klum, Zoe Saldana, Teyana Taylor (she’s a Rihanna-be) and Steven Yeun, the guy who just got killed off “The Walking Dead.”

Roger Friedman
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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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