One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the top award at Sunday’s American Music Awards.
“This is a testament to how incredible our fans are,” Louis Tomlinson said onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The band won the top award at last year’s show — as a quintet with Zayn Malik. They also won favorite duo or group — pop/rock Sunday night.
Bieber, who won best collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex, closed the night with a medley of his hits, including “Sorry,” “Where Are U Now” and “What Do You Mean.”
Billboard announced Sunday his new album, “Purpose,” will debut at No. 1 on its charts Monday after selling 649,000 equivalent albums.
Bieber’s performance wasn’t the only well-received one: Celine Dion paid tribute to the victims of the recent Paris attacks by singing Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” in French as some audience members cried.
Jared Leto, who introduced Dion, said his band 30 Seconds to Mars recently performed at the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where 89 people were killed in the Nov. 13 attack.
Dion earned a rousing applause after her performance, which started with the Eiffel Tower projected behind her.
Eagles of Death Metal speak
Two members of the Eagles of Death Metal band tell VICE that several people hid in their dressing room during the deadly terrorist Paris attacks.
The U.S. band was performing at the Bataclan theater on the night of Nov. 13 when jihadi militants killed 130 people and wounded more than 350 others at several locations in Paris.
Band members Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme spoke to VICE founder Shane Smith on Friday. Hughes says in a short clip released by HBO that the killers were able to get into the dressing room and killed almost everyone — with the exception of one person who hid under Hughes’ leather jacket.
New tournament champ
There’s a new “Jeopardy!” champion to add to the quiz show history books.
Alex Jacob, a currency trader from Chicago, won the $250,000 top prize on the syndicated TV show’s “Tournament of Champions” finale that aired Friday.
He defeated paralegal Matt Jackson of Washington, D.C., and Kerry Greene of Manchester, N.H., a volunteer advocate for children.
Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is 23. … TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) is 28. … Rapper Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound is 43. … Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (”Hollywood Squares”) is 68.
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