Shout-out to the guys who were checking for rogue wireless mics. Shout-out to the angry photo editor who kept miming a gun pointing at his own head. Shout-out to the security guards and “guest services” agents who wouldn’t so much as look at us to serve us as guests. We see you, babes. We’re giving you a special American Music Award badge of honor – in our minds.

Arielle Castillo is Fusion's culture editor, reporting on arts, music, culture, and subcultures from the streets on up. She's also a connoisseur of weird Florida, weightlifting, and cats.