Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Purple Rain” Wins American Music Award Again, 31 Years Later, For No Reason


The American Music Awards are singularly dreadful in every respect. But the funniest part is Prince’s “Purple Rain” so called winning some award 31 years later after it won the AMA for Best Soundtrack. Why? There is no reason. Prince’s sister appeared, obviously all scripted and ready to “accept” her statue.

The AMAs tonight are daffy. So far only John Legend and Lady Gaga were actual artists. The rest were just disposable items from Target. Very very sad.

In this last “generation” of music, flashes in the pan like Lorde, Fun, Macklemore, and so on have just come and gone. Some have been one hit wonders. This is the reason the music industry is dead. Sting is getting the Lifetime Achievement Award. Of all the people we’ve seen tonight, only John Legend and Lady Gaga might have a fraction of his career. The rest of this is just an embarassment.

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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