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The AMAs: Unimaginative, Uninspiring, Unfunny

American Music Awards filled with attacks on President-Elect Trump all night long

The attacks started early on Sunday’s American Music Awards, Hollywood’s first live awards show since Donald Trump was elected president on Nov. 8.

Victoria’s Secret model Gigi Hadid and former “SNL” actor Jay Pharoah were the hosts of the spectacle that featured Justin Bieber (performing via satellite from Italy), Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, Sting, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande — along with plenty of plunging necklines on celebrity presenters, half-naked dancers gyrating on stage and Drake being nominated a record 13 times, but winning only three awards.

But the sorriest part of the whole show was Pharoah, who kept making wisecracks about Trump, which just weren’t funny. Even worse was Hadid’s attempt at being amusing.

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She offered her impersonation of Melania Trump, mocking the new first lady by saying, “I love my husband — President Barack Obama. And our children, Sasha and Malia.”

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Pharaoh then did his impersonation of Donald Trump: “Listen, I love Bruno Mars [who opened the show]. I don’t know what color he is, so I can’t deport him. I mean, he looks like Mowgli from ‘The Jungle Book.’ I love ‘Uptown Funk.’ It was totally about me. It was originally called Uptown Trump. I’m going to funk this country up bigly.”

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Not too much later, Pharoah got in another Trump dig as he addressed record producer DJ Khaled, who was seated in the audience. “Khaled’s Snapchat is so lit,” said Pharaoh. “He’s inspirational as hell, too. He gives his major keys to success. I just can’t wait until he drops the major keys on moving overseas once Trump takes over.”

As one person pointed out on Twitter, “If Jay Pharaoh was funny he’d still be on ‘SNL.'”

Mark Cuban had to get a dig in at Trump, too. In presenting an award with Broadway singer Idina Menzel, she asked him what he was looking forward to. “Not being invited to the inauguration is a good start,” he replied.

She laughed. “I know how you feel. Us unsafe, scary theater people wouldn’t be invited to the inauguration either. I love you, ‘Hamilton’!”

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Other moments: Heidi Klum did a Mannequin Challenge in the crowd. The Twenty One Pilots duo performed with black ski mask-type hoods completely covering their faces. Prince’s sister gave a teary speech as she accepted an award on behalf of the rocker. Lady Gaga performed barefoot while sitting on a stool.

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Chrissy Tiegen, who risked a wardrobe malfunction in a red carpet dress slit up to her waist and held together with a giant safety pin, introduced her husband John Legend, saying, “On the heels of what’s been a really interesting [bleeped-up] election for all of us, I think we could all use a little love tonight.” He sang, “Love Me Now.”

At one point, Pharoah tried to impersonate Kanye West doing a “rant,” saying, “I invented McDonald’s. I’m a better writer than Dr. Seuss…”

It fell flat.

Sting, who was given the American Music Award for Merit, stayed away from any Trump-bashing, instead opting to praise America, calling it “the greatest country in the world.” And, he added, “While I may be an Englishman in New York, my musical soul is all American! Thank you.”

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