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Analysis: Biden’s pick for U.N. envoy will find waning American influence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be his ambassador to the United Nations in New York will have to tackle Washington’s waning leadership at the world body in the face of a more assertive China, diplomats and analysts said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield (L) and Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete participate in a civil society forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Biden nominated veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield and restored the post to a Cabinet role. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Thomas-Greenfield would succeed President Donald Trump’s two U.N. envoys – first Nikki Haley, who was in the Cabinet and later Kelly Craft, who was not. Both had little foreign policy experience before taking up the role.

Thomas-Greenfield is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who has

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American Music Awards Sink to Record Low Ratings

ABC awards show’s viewership was nearly twice as high last year

The 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs), hosted by Taraji P. Henson, were the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic — and of TV ratings trends in general.

Sunday’s AMAs on ABC sunk to record-low ratings and nearly halved last year’s overall television audience. The annual awards show’s previous low in the key demo came last year. In terms of total viewers, the prior AMAs low was 2018.

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15 of the best looks celebrities wore to the 2020 American Music Awards



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TV Ratings: American Music Awards Fall 50% to New Record Lows

The 2020 American Music Awards delivered a big decline in rating and total viewership from last year, falling to record lows in both measurements.

Last night’s awards show, which was hosted by “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and saw Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay emerge as the big winners, averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and around 3.8 million total viewers. That represents a 50% rating decline and a 43% loss in total viewership. For comparison, last years AMAs were down only 4% on the year prior in the ratings column, and in fact gained around 200,000 viewers from 2018. Its “America’s Funniest Home Videos” lead-in scored a 0.5 rating and just under 4 million viewers.

Of course it needs to be mentioned that those historically small AMA numbers aren’t really particularly surprising given that awards shows are tumbling almost across the board of late. For

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American Music Awards Fall 50% to New Record Lows

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The 2020 American Music Awards delivered a big decline in rating and total viewership from last year, falling to record lows in both measurements.

Last night’s awards show, which was hosted by “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and saw Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Dan + Shay emerge as the big winners, averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and around 3.8 million total viewers. That represents a 50% rating decline and a 43% loss in total viewership. For comparison, last years AMAs were down only 4% on the year prior in the ratings column, and in fact gained around 200,000 viewers from 2018. Its “America’s Funniest Home Videos” lead-in scored a 0.5 rating and just under 4 million viewers.

Of course it needs to be mentioned that those historically small AMA numbers aren’t really particularly surprising given that awards shows are tumbling

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Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber win big at American Music Awards 2020

Nov. 23 (UPI) — Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber each won three awards at the 2020 American Music Awards, which took place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Swift earned Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Music Video for “Cardigan.”

She accepted the Artist of the Year award virtually from a studio where she said she was re-recording her old music.

The Weeknd won Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B, Favorite Album – Soul/R&B for After Hours and Favorite Song Soul/R&B for “Heartless.”

Justin Bieber won Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song – Country for “10,000 Hours” with Dan + Shay and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock.

Other winners included Doja Cat taking home New Artist of the Year and BTS earning Favorite Social Artist and Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock.

Taraji P. Henson hosted the fan-voted event which

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American Music Awards 2020 recap: Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Dan + Shay win big

One of the biggest nights in music, the American Music Awards, kicked off Sunday night with a series of worldwide premieres, big wins and even bigger surprises.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, the audience looked a little different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Along with a “small but mighty COVID-free audience,” cardboard cutouts of the who’s who within the music industry, like Dolly Parton and Beyoncé, lined the front rows — of which Henson enjoyed pretending to interact with as if they were the real deal.

Swift further cemented herself as the most decorated winner in American Music Award history, bumping her lifetime awards total to 32 on Sunday. The awards she added to her

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Taylor Swift voted artist of year for sixth time at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Taylor Swift was named artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday and won two other trophies in a ceremony held live in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus curbs.

It was Swift’s record sixth win of the top prize at the fan-voted show, although she was absent from the ceremony and thanked fans on video for their support of her surprise lockdown album “folklore.”

Canadians Justin Bieber and The Weeknd – the latter sporting a large white face bandage – were the other big winners, with three awards each.

Bieber was named favorite male pop/rock artist and picked up his two other wins for his collaboration with country singers Dan + Shay on “10,000 Hours”. The Weeknd took home trophies for best soul/R&B male artist as well as for his album “After Hours” and song “Heartless.”

He gave no reason for his bandaged

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American Music Awards 2020: See All the Red Carpet Fashion

Taraji P. Henson Talks Hosting AMAs, Turning 50 & More

Music lovers, rejoice: The 2020 American Music Awards are finally here!

The red carpet was stunning from start to finish with appearances from stars like Jennifer Lopez, Nelly and cute couple Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly. See the celebrities’ looks below!

Actress, writer, producer extraordinaire Taraji P. Henson is hosting the awards show live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. There, all of your favorite singers are coming together to celebrate the biggest hits of the past year, from the pop perfection that is Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande‘s “Rain On Me” to Roddy Ricch‘s ubiquitous breakout hit “The Box.” 

Ricch himself is nominated in a whopping eight categories, the most of any nominee—other than The Weeknd, who also scored eight nods. Both will face off for the coveted Artist of the

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The Weeknd, with bandaged face, picks up American Music Award win

LOS ANGELES, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Canadian musician The Weeknd, wearing a face bandage, picked up the first of eight potential American Music Awards on Sunday in a show held in Los Angeles amid tight coronavirus restrictions.

The Weeknd accepted the trophy for best soul/R&B album for “After Hours” and later performed sporting a large white bandage that wrapped around his face and nose.

He gave no reason for his appearance, which confused fans on social media, but it appeared to be an artistic choice that started with his March album cover where he sported a bloodied and broken nose.

The Weeknd and California rapper Roddy Ricch went into the fan-voted awards show with a leading eight nominations apiece.

Both musicians are competing for the top award – artist of the year – along with Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift. It will be announced towards the end of

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