style-spanning artists collectively with Carrie Underwood, think about Dragons, Anitta, Lil youngster and Yola extreme Sunday’s efficiency lineup, whereas newly minted Rock & Roll hall of Famer Lionel Richie is ready to be feted with the annual Icon Award and a shock-led tribute.
Debuts are additionally a vital a factor of the event: David Guetta and Bebe Rexha unveil “I’m Good (Blue)” for the most important time on U.S. tv, whereas Dove Cameron and Anitta take their inaugural efficiency bows on the AMAs stage.
right here’s a take a look at how the 2022 AMAs performers fared.
Stevie shock and Charlie Puth, ‘thrice a lady,’ ‘straightforward,’ ‘All night prolonged,’ Say You, Say Me,’ ‘Jesus Is Love,’ ‘we’re the World’
AMAs Icon Award recipient Lionel Richie possesses a bottomless catalog, so mining it for a condensed medley is an unenviable exercise.
however Richie pal Stevie shock and pop wunderkind Charlie Puth tried to work together in a “Lionel Richie tennis match of copyrighted supplies,” as Puth referred to as it, permitting for an superior deal of snippets. With pianos going by means of every completely different, shock and Puth swapped Richie and Commodores classics, collectively with “thrice a lady” (shock), “straightforward” (Puth), “Jesus Is Love” (shock) and “Say You, Say Me” (Puth).
Musically rich however vocally scattershot – shock incessantly veered off key and Puth’s extreme notes ought to best be prevented – the presentation nonetheless charmed with its casualness.
shock additionally reminded the gang that “we’re the World,” which Richie co-wrote, was birthed after the 1985 AMAs, which led to the pure segue into the anthem with contributions from Ari Lennox, Smokey Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, Yola and others. Richie hopped onto the stage to hug and backslap his tribute chorus, his graciousness apparent and heartfelt.
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Dove Cameron, ‘Boyfriend’
specializing in sensuality, Dove Cameron, in a purple bustier and black jacket, slinked her method by means of the libidinous finger-snapper. The bisexual singer and actress encircled the factor of her lust, a feminine dancer who returned Cameron’s flirtations, kissing her hand and caressing her face. The track, a mix of pop seduction and Broadway bombast, acquired its splendid seen complement.
Yola, ‘Break the Bough’
The English soul/rock/R&B powerhouse secured the gang’s consideration from the most important blast of horns and the sound of her potent voice. Slapping a tambourine in direction of her leg as she walked the stage runways, Yola’s enthusiasm was contagious. the combination of lighted palm bushes and a “Miami Vice” shade scheme infused the scene with a carefree ambiance, however Yola’s voice resounded with authority.
Lil youngster, ‘In a Minute’ and ‘California Breeze’
The Atlanta rapper opted for a chill vibe for two of his hits from his third album, “It’s solely Me.” An ocean of dry ice coated the stage as Lil youngster strolled by means of whereas unfurling the gradual-burning “In a Minute.” all by means of his considerate efficiency, he sat on the tip of the stage, wanting immediately on the viewers/digital camera as he shared his speedy-circulation tales (a minimal of what may probably be discerned in between bleeps).
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Pink, ‘Hopelessly devoted to You’
Pink is a terribly completely different kind of singer than Olivia Newton-John. Pink is all husky muscularity and Newton-John was a honeyed songbird. however Pink’s tribute to the late singer and actress labored superbly. The enticing ballad of heartache from the “Grease” soundtrack stays timeless, and Pink’s expressiveness whereas singing made clear her admiration for Newton-John. Hand on chest, hitting every massive notice with ardour and ending in a enticing vocal climb, Pink, sporting a pale robe, enchanted as pictures of Newton-John in her feathered-hair magnificence appeared on from the video screens.
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think about Dragons, ‘Bones’ and ‘Enemy’ with JID
Dancers aren’t primarily anticipated all by means of an think about Dragons efficiency, however frontman Dan Reynolds thrives when surrounded by extra playmates in his sandbox. The sculpted singer – all of us know he is, as a end result of of his abs-bearing open-entrance shirt – engaged the gang by leaning down low into their faces collectively with his dancer pals all by means of “Bones.” For “Enemy,” hearth engulfed the stage as an introduction for JID, who zipped by means of his rap portion of the rocker earlier than he, Reynolds and the dance crew collapsed in a heap at track’s finish.
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GloRilla and Cardi B, ‘Tomorrow 2’
Memphis rapper GloRilla kicked off her efficiency seated on a lighted bike earlier than heading throughout the stage to fulfill Cardi B, her “Tomorrow 2” confederate, for a closely bleeped lyrical tradeoff. The pair loped by means of their fall hit – clad in vibrant yellow (GloRilla) and blue (Cardi B) – wanting free as they swayed throughout the stage. Rear ends had been shaken, goofy dance strikes undertaken and a burst of pyro put the exclamation level on their duet.
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Carrie Underwood, ‘loopy Angels’
Doing her best Pink tribute, Carrie Underwood hung the completely different method up above the gang in a round gear that zipped her to the stage. Underwood has been going airborne on her current tour, so she appeared snug dropping to the stage in naked toes and a pink, white and black catsuit as she sang the nation-rock quantity. An enthusiastic fan of weapons N’ Roses, Underwood teased her tresses into hair steel mode and even infused her vigorous efficiency with some Axl Rose swivel strikes.
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Anitta and Missy Elliott, ‘Envolver’ and ‘foyer’
The enticing Anitta prowled the stage, slinky and seductive as she pumped her pelvis in direction of the floor for “Envolver,” singing in Spanish as two eager male suitors adopted her swinging hips. The Brazilian star spun offstage on a baggage cart to allow Missy Elliott to make an always-welcome entrance for “foyer,” the pair’s hit summer season collaboration. In her funky glasses, sparkly go well with and silver sneakers, Elliott appeared ageless as she glided down one lane of the stage, unfurling her liquid rhymes earlier than meeting Anitta at coronary heart stage for a hug and smiles.
Bebe Rexha, ‘I’m Good (Blue)’
Performing her electro-dance collaboration with David Guetta for the most important time on American tv, Bebe Rexha opted for a futuristic motif. sporting a metallic, bust-baring jumpsuit, Rexha bounced amid a smoky blue stage that pulsed with strobe lights. The pair’s transforming of the 1998 Eiffel sixty five hit “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” glistens, and Rexha continued to shimmer as she was raised on a hydraulic platform to belt the track’s final notes extreme above her circle of dancers clad in hats that appeared like an space-age Mickey Mouse.
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Pink, ‘by no means Gonna Not Dance as quickly as extra’
deciding on Ms. “Get The social gathering started” to open the 2022 American Music Awards proved a canny willpower. when you get previous the double-damaging grammar in Pink’s new track, it’s straightforward to relish this fizzy pop cocktail. A pre-taped bit confirmed Pink, in her cotton candy-coloured jacket, curler skating exterior in darkened la earlier than inevitably “arriving” contained in the Microsoft Theater to proceed the track. Pink’s disco-tastic staging – enhanced with fuchsia and purple neon, a pack of skating dancers and a few pops of pyro – painted a vibrant backdrop to match the track’s carefree vibe. Relatable as always, Pink confirmed her humanity by stopping for a pair of seconds to catch her breath.
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