This year, the American Music Awards got a new set design, created by Los Angeles firm Shaffner & Stewart in Los Angeles. The venue — L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium — provided production designer Joe Stewart a large canvas on which to design a new, modern look. “The stage is 100ft. wide and 80ft. deep,” Stewart says. “It literally is the largest stage west of the Mississippi.” That size also allowed Stewart, who has been a stage production designer since 1987 with partner Joe Shaffner, ...

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