Gigi did her best
Monologues at award shows are tough even if you are a seasoned comedian. Gigi Hadid co-hosted the American Music Awards with Jay Pharoah, aka that dude formerly from SNL who does impressions, last night and she looked great. She also brought the energy. She did her best with a monologue that consisted of jokes like, “A Tribe Called Quest has a new album, Jenny McCarthy is here. Green Day is performing, and a white guy is the president. It's the 90s all over again!” That was actually the best joke. The monologue also relied heavily on Jay Pharoah’s Jay Z impression while Gigi did her best Melania Trump. It was a valiant effort but it was rough. The one saving grace was the #UNameitChallenge reference because I’m obsessed with Pastor Shirley Caesar and her beans, greens, potatoes and tomatoes.
Aside from the rough start, Gigi and Jay were pretty solid as the night went on. Jay Pharoah did a Kanye impression that actually made me laugh out loud and Gigi shared a moment backstage with her boyfriend Zayn that actually made me squeal out loud.
Goddamn those two are good looking. Their moment happened right after Zayn picked up his first solo AMA for New Artist of the Year. While he managed to throw some shade at One Direction with, "This one just says MY name on it, right?", he didn’t thank Gigi. For a high profile celeb couple, this could be interpreted as trouble in paradise but for these two, the omission probably means nothing. They kissed when he came off stage and I’m sure by the time I’m done writing this, Gigi and/or Zayn will have written sappy love notes to each other on Instagram. That’s like the 2016 version of a mention in an acceptance speech, right?
Back to Gigi, the host. In June, Gigi hosted the the iHeartRadio MMVAs. When Lainey wrote about her performance at that awards show, she noted that Gigi didn’t try to play it too cool. That was clear last night as well. Gigi Hadid just comes to play. She went all in with her Melania impression. She didn’t seem to be “above” any of the bits. She actually looked like she was having fun. She let us witness an intimate moment with her boyfriend. Did I mention that she looked great? Gigi may not have been exceptional but she did a good enough job with the material she was given that I’m sure this won’t be her last hosting gig.
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