American Music Awards: Kelly Clarkson, Pink Open Show With Tribute to First Responders

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The two performed R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts."

Kelly Clarkson and Pink opened Sunday night's American Music Awards with a tribute to those who have been affected by 2017's numerous disasters, from this year's hurricanes to the Las Vegas shooting. In their first-ever joint performance, the two sang R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts" as images of first responders played behind them.

Jamie Foxx introduced the duo alongside his daughter, and personally thanked firefighters, police and paramedics who "ran towards danger" as a number of first responders gathered on the stage beside him.

During the show, Pink performed "Beautiful Trauma," where she took to the skies for an aerial performance on the side of Los Angeles' JW Marriott hotel, rappelling from the building while singing her hit. Sunday marked her fifth AMA performance, having taken the stage with "Most Girls" in 2001, "Trouble" in 2003, "Sober" in 2008 and "Try" in 2012. 

Clarkson also gave a second performance, starting with her 2003 classic "Miss Independent" and continuing into her most recent single, "Love So Soft." The singer, a four-time AMA winner, last performed at the awards show in 2012 with a medley of  “Miss Independent," “Since U Been Gone,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and “Catch My Breath.” Her new album, Meaning of Life, was released Oct. 27. 

The 45th annual AMAs are being broadcast on ABC from L.A.'s Microsoft Theater.