Jamie Foxx, Kelly Clarkson, Pink honor first responders during AMAs opening

Jamie Foxx, Kelly Clarkson, Pink honor first responders during AMAs opening

Jamie Foxx, Kelly Clarkson, Pink honor first responders during AMAs opening

Then, right on cue, the opening chords from R.E.M.'s classic 1992 song "Everybody Hurts" boomed from the speakers.

Together they belted out the 1992 hit, which urges the listener to "hang on" in the face of darkness and despair, as a tribute to everyone affected by all of the difficulties and tragedies. "We needed that power of music to help us heal, form hurricanes, wild fires, hate, hatred fueled violence", he said. In these moments of crisis, heroes emerged. "With us tonight are first responders, who ran toward the danger when it would have been so easy to run away". He also noted that 2018 should be a year of hope, of people coming together and staying strong.

Pink - who was backed by a team of dancers - didn't miss a note as she scaled the windows of the building while showing off some somersaults and other acrobatic moves, but she'd admitted before the show she was anxious she wouldn't be able to pull off the daring display. It's easy to presume that Pink and Clarkson would knock this duet out of the park, but they also really poured their heart and souls into this performance.

"It's pretty wonderful", one fan told ABC.

The pair couldn't help but sing each other's praises on Twitter ahead of the AMAs on Sunday night.

"I think, honestly, at the end of the day, even though we're different artists, at the core, we both love great singers, we both love soulful music", she continued.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama congratulated Ross in a video before the style icon, singer and actress delivered an upbeat medley of her hits.

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