Supermodel Gigi Hadid and comedian Jay Pharoah were first-time hosts of the American Music Awards on Sunday night, and now we want to know how you thought the rookies did hosting their first major awards show. Did the duo knock it out of the park? Were they just okay? Or were they absolutely terrible as emcees? Take our new poll below.
They kicked off the world’s biggest fan-voted award show with the simple task of introducing Bruno Mars’s opening performance of “24K Magic.” After his superlative performance, Hadid and Pharoah walked through the crowd and onto the stage before launching into their opening segment of jokes. The first couple of zingers felt a little under-rehearsed and awkward, but slowly the pair seemed to find their stride.
After loosening up a bit, Hadid appeared comfortable in front of the audience, but still fumbled over quite a few of her words, killing some of the jokes she clearly had no hand in writing. Pharoah, for his part, relied on some of his former “Saturday Night Live” impressions (such as Jay-Z) to get easy laughs and was understandably the more at ease and funny of the two. Feeling inspired, Hadid then gave her own impression – of Melania Trump – which did garner a few laughs from the crowd.
One highlight of the opening dialogue was Pharoah announcing the night’s performers in the style of the viral #UNameItChallenge memes inspired by a video of gospel legend Shirley Caesar singing “Hold My Mule.” Perhaps the funniest moment was Pharoah imitating Donald Trump describe Mars as his favorite artist, while making inappropriate comments on his racial ambiguity and appearance.
Throughout the remainder of the telecast, both Hadid and Pharoah mostly read from teleprompters to move the show along, appropriately leaving the entertainment aspect of the show to the performers rather than the hosts.