Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga’s AMA messages
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They both delivered the night’s most emotional moments and they both showed up to the AMAs with a purpose. Selena even made Gaga cry but we’ll get to that. Let’s start with Gaga’s outfit. According to Cosmo, the all-white pantsuit Lady Gaga was rocking on the AMAs red carpet was a political statement and nod to Hilary Clinton. It was one of my favourite looks of the night, which is not saying a lot since I hated almost everything but if it really was an ode to HRC, I’m into it even more.
Gaga went on to perform an intense acoustic version of her song A Million Reasons barefoot and radiating the extra, bursting emotion that only Gaga can bring to a performance. Her vocals were so on point I’m going to ignore her really bad wig situation.
Throughout the night, it looked like Gaga was having fun and mostly paying attention, especially during Selena Gomez’s acceptance speech for Favourite Female Artist – Pop/ Rock. Here’s where Gaga started crying. Selena has been on a break from the industry since August when she told PEOPLE she was taking “time off” to “focus on maintaining [her] health and happiness.” Last night at the AMAs was her first appearance since that break and you could tell she got up on that stage, knowing she was going to win and knowing exactly what she wanted to say.
“In 2014 this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically, 100 percent honest with all of you. I think it’s safe to say that all of you know my life whether I like it or not. I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside.”
In 2014, Selena sang The Heart Wants What it Wants, the song she wrote about Justin Bieber, at the AMAs. At that show, Selena’s tearful performance was met with tears in the audience from her bestie Taylor Swift. This time, it was Gaga looking on like a big sister.
Selena had a specific message about social media for her fans.
“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here. I’m not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore… I have to say thank you so much to my fans because you guys are so damn loyal and I don’t know what I did to deserve you. If you are broken you do not have to stay broken.”
It’s a nice sentiment so call me an asshole but when Selena specifically called out Instagram, I couldn’t help but think of this interview with The Hollywood Reporter when Selena talked about becoming the most followed person on Instagram. That same issue had an in-depth interview with the Instagram CEO talking about how important Selena’s involvement is for the app.
So, did Selena’s AMA message just burn her relationship with Instagram? And what happens if/when decides to get back on social media? Her speech at the AMAs was very powerful and I’m sure it spoke to a lot of young girls who are living for likes and searching for validation through their phones but how long does this message last? Is it possible to be a 24-year-old celebrity in 2016 and stay off social media?
Click here to watch Selena’s speech in full.