Scoop: 1D wins big at AMAs, Dion pays tribute to Paris victims

Celine Dion performs at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Celine Dion performs at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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.

Happy birthday

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.

Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com.

Alex JacobAmerican Music AwardsCeline DionEagles of Death MetalJeopardyJust BieberOne DirectionParis attacksVice

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, a former school board member, has been asked to help secure an agreement between the school district and teacher’s union. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
 <ins></ins>
Supervisor Walton tapped to mediate teacher contract talks

District and union at odds over hours in-person students should be in the classroom

California is set to receive supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is still under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Courtesy photo)
California could receive 380K doses of new J&J COVID vaccine next week

California could receive 380,300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine… Continue reading

Disability advocates protested outside the home of San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon. (Courtesy Brooke Anderson)
Vaccine rollout plan for people with disabilities remains deeply flawed

On February 13, disability activists paid a visit to the house of… Continue reading

A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)
Lawsuit reveals new allegations against PG&E contractor accused of fraud

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Utility giant Pacific Gas &… Continue reading

Most Read