The AMAs Audience Is Incredibly Awkward & Twitter Has A Lot To Say About It
While Bruno Mars graced the opening with his fly moves and artists like James Bay and Shawn Mendes have already turned in solid performances, the AMAs audience is incredibly awkward and Twitter is not letting it slide. Part of the problem is that the fan audience pit seems to be populated with a lot of teenage girls in prom dresses. The other problem is that cameras keep relentlessly cutting to gaggles of white girls dancing. Neither of those populations is known for their grace, and Twitter is having a lot of feelings about it.
But it's not just the dancing or the wardrobe that the audience is getting so very wrong. They're also literally scream-singing the wrong lyrics directly into the camera every time it pans out over the audience. And Twitter is, of course, picking up on that, too, and putting them on blast for it. Pro-tip, fans: if you don't know the words, just don't sing any! Try cheering and looking like you're having a good time. And definitely don't try to sing the words you don't know directly into the camera when it comes near you! It's one thing to get busted unwittingly. It's another to pretend like you know what you're doing.
My favorite part of the #AMAs is when no one knows the words when they cut to an audience member singing.— Lily (@LilyFallon99) November 21, 2016
DEAR PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, DONT SING IF YOU DONT KNOW THE LYRICS. YOU LOOK LIKE A DUMBASS #AMAs— ness (@_vanessastanley) November 21, 2016
It's like no one in this audience knows the lyrics to any of the songs. Keep on trying. #AMAS— Kiera Cass (@kieracass) November 21, 2016
As for the dancing, when cameras are capturing your every move for a nationally televised awards show, maybe keep it restricted to a manageable head bob and/or weave, but only if you're sure you can keep the beat! Leave the rest to the professionals on stage and the audience plants with a dance background specifically put in place by a casting agency to show off their moves.
Needs more Taylor Swift dancing in the audience. These random fans aren't cutting it. #AMAs— Kate S (@_simplyxkate) November 21, 2016
Fun fact #AMAs: idgaf about the random girls in the audience who look like they're headed to their first homecoming dance— Jessica (@jessicadey23) November 21, 2016
this show is really awkward, i'm glad everyone in the audience looks as uncomfortable as i am #AMAs— Anne Davis (@AnnieDNews) November 21, 2016
There are like 3 black people in the audience and the host are both urban lol this is gonna be a mess these white peoples mad #AMAs— Kaz Myrie™ ♎️ (@Kazceited) November 21, 2016
can the cameraman stop zooming in on all these awkward white girls dancing in the audience thanks #AMAs— dana✨✨ (@possiblydana) November 21, 2016
The girls in the audience they keep showing are so awkward oml #AMAs— gigi (@HaroldStylesAF) November 21, 2016
It's unclear what exactly the wardrobe directive was to audience members, but it lacked the laid-back, effortless cool of the VMAs, and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to have formalwear front and center in a bumpin' audience pit. The bad high school dance dresses gave the whole thing a vibe reminiscent of a prom after-party on The OC, and not in the good way.
As far as the closeup shots of white girls only, those did seem to dissipate as the night wore on, hopefully because someone was monitoring Twitter in the control room. They managed to switch up the crowd, or at least shots of people, later on in the night and show more diverse revelers. Eventually, the crowd managed to redeem itself, thanks mostly to one woman who even managed to execute the correct lyrics to the rap break during twenty one pilots' performance of "Heathens"!