Last night we went to the Nokia Theatre for the American Music Awards as our cultural outing with NCL. (National Charity League) This year we sat in the lodge section off to the right. Did you know that all seats are within 220 feet of the stage, the seats are 23 1/2 inches wide, and seating capacity is 7,100? The performance area is over 14,000 square feet and the stage size (180' x 80') is the largest in southern California. To build the theatre, they used 61,000 tons of concrete, 1,515 tons of steel, and 50,000 screws.
Did you know that according to Justin Bieber, we wouldn't have been there without it being for Michael Jackson? Huh? A guy sitting 5 rows back. He kept screaming "Bieber" just as they would announce the winner of an award. Didn't matter if Beaver (Bieber), was up for the award or not.
Rihanna began the show. She was great. I think I loved the sets more though than most of the performers. A few were off key, but hey, I can't carry a tune, even in my shower. Check out this next photo. Rihanna hanging over tall silver 'grass', which is moving via dancers hiding behind the grass. I loved the creativity of the sets. What I wouldn't give to work for a set designer!!
This next performance was very action packed. From flying gymnasts to skateboarders, it was fun to watch, but I missed really what was going on because it looked chaotic from where I was sitting. I really wished I was up closer.
This next photo was on the background screens. I just liked it.
Sometimes I feel like 'help, I don't exist' too.
The finale was a performance by New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys. Loved it. So did the girls. Mine was singing every word along with them.
Next year, GO! The tickets aren't that much and I think it's an experience worthwhile. I'm borderline A.D.D. and to sit through a concert with only one performer would be oh-so boring. Here, you get a concert given by top performers, one or two songs each, and a great variety show. This year, from Santana, to Bon Jovi, to Taylor Swift, J-Beave, Usher, and Ne-Yo. Who? lol... Ne-Yo is a no-go in my book.