The most popular musicians chose instead to focus on others at the American Music Awards Sunday night.
During the opening to the annual award show, Jamie Foxx honored first responders who “ran toward the danger.”
“This year, we needed the power of music to escape the news of the day. We needed the power of music to help us heal. From hurricanes, wildfires, hate, hatred-fueled violence, 2017 was a year that tested our faith. In these moments of crisis, heroes emerged,” he said, welcoming the honored guests on stage.
Jamie Foxx opened the show honoring first responders.
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“As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018, with hope. For even as we mourn those who were lost, we know this. Together, our strength will pull us through. Together, we shall overcome the pain. Together, we can unite as a people and as a nation.”
Kelly Clarkson and Pink took the stage to perform a soulful rendition of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” to a standing ovation from the audience.