The 46th edition of the American Music Awards (AMAs) took place last night, as usual, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Marshmello was up against The Chainsmokers and Zedd for the Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music award. The Chainsmokers had won the two previous editions (2016 and 2017), but this time it was Mello’s turn to shine.
The AMAs were created in 1973, and their first event aired a year later. The winners are decided through public vote, a system which is seen by some as controversial, mainly because of its tendency to reward popularity over talent. Even so, it’s a big win for the mysterious DJ: his meteoric rise to stardom doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
The big winners of the night were (surprise!) Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello, taking home 4 awards each. You can inspect the full list of winners here.
On other news, Marshmello proved once again that his message of positivity isn’t just for show. After having donated, along with Electric Family, $6,000 worth of toys to the Los Angeles’ Toy Loan program in 2016, and $100,000 to the American Red Cross in 2017 (in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston), the masked DJ outdid himself yet again, with a gift of $500,000 (approximately €435,000) to the Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) organization.
KIND’s mission revolves around providing pro bono legal support to migrant and refugee children, a task which has become even more important in light of the latest immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration.
Fun fact: Mello didn’t want his charitable act to be publicly acknowledged! KIND tweeted this in order to thank him for his “incredibly generous donation”, otherwise we never would have known about it. A few days after the news broke out, Marshmello made an Instagram post explaining that he genuinely wanted to help the cause and didn’t feel the need to be praised for his actions. He still thanked his fans for all the support, and shared an inspiring thought: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s money doesn’t bring happiness, but the gift of being able to give back to others does and that can be done in anyway besides money.”
Marshmello really is a pretty sweet guy. You can check out his latest release, a collaboration with Egyptian singer Amr Diab, right here. You can also listen to one of our favorite tracks from his latest album, Joytime II, though this link.