If you were like me last night, you elected to watch the American Music Awards over the football game. It sounds like I made the right choice after seeing the final score of that game. Anyways, I’m a fan of the AMAs. It’s a show where there’s less presenting on stage and more performances. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the group of performers. It was a little weird having an awards show without some of the biggest stars of 2017 in attendance (Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift). I think there was a far and away best performance of the night, but 2-5 are still up for debate. Let’s see what I liked.
5. P!nk Performs On The Side Of A Hotel
To be honest, I had no idea what P!nk was singing and that’s ok. Needless to say, I was a little distracted / mesmerized by her PERFORMING ON THE SIDE OF A HOTEL. You could not pay me enough money to put my life on the line for a 3 minute performance. This is coming from the guy who once froze up on the stairs of a waterslide 50 feet in the air. P!nk is a badass and so was this performance.
4. Alessia Cara Puts On A Singing Clinic
Damn. This girl can singggggggggggggggggggggg. I like Alessia Cara a lot. She seems like a casual, lowkey pop star. She lets her music shine instead of all of the other elements. She’s got this soul to her voice at such a young age that is so refreshing to the ear. I love the original rendition of Stay, but this stripped-down performance might be better as it really showcased Alessia’s vocal range. If I’m Zedd, I release this version of the song right now and watch the money come in.
3. Shawn Mendes Is A Monster
I think this comes as a surprise to no one that I fuck with Shawn Mendes. The dude is a MONSTER. He puts out hit after hit. Every live performance he does is electric. The guitar. The stage presence. 19 years old. Infinite amounts of talent. Yup, I got a man crush on the guy. Sue me.
Also, shoutout to Keith Urban with the lip sync. Fake it til you make it, ba-BAY!
2. Skylar Grey Appreciation Post
Did anyone have a better weekend than Skylar Grey? First, she dominated her SNL performances with Eminem.
Then, she made her presence known on the red carpet.
Finally, Skylar capped it off with a Glorious performance with Macklemore.
What a coming out party for someone that has been a staple in the music industry for over a decade now. My guess is you have heard the name because of her frequent collaborations with Eminem and her overall songwriting ability, but now, Skylar finally got the spotlight she deserves this weekend. Underrated is an understatement.
1. Imagine Dragons x Khalid Provide The Best Performance Of The Night
Best performance of the night. Imagine Dragons has struck gold before with collaborations in hip hop. Flashback to their performance with Kendrick Lamar from the Grammys.
Well, they have another winner with this Thunder / Young, Dumb, and Broke collab. It was FIRE. Khalid is a superstar. I would be surprised if he does not win Best New Artist at the Grammys this year. The kid is a superstar and I see him skyrocketing soon. His rise to superstardom will mirror The Weeknd’s initial climb to the top. Imagine Dragons are no slouches either. They know how to put out hits and their live performances never disappoint. I need this track on my iTunes now.