This year's American Music Awards offered a fantastic spectrum of live performances, from diva medley-house to alt rock rave-ups to gospel tributes to recently approved icons. Star power was exhibited by established icons and enthusiasts and enthusiasts, and a particular return performance felt like a new career peak for an artist still young.
Read below to see how Billboard He classified the 15 presentations at night, counting towards our favorite presentation of the night.
15. Panic! At the disco, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Presented by Bohemian Rhapsody The star Rami Malek and broadcast live from Sydney, Australia, Panic! In the discotheque he duly fulfilled his faithful interpretation of the classic of the Queen of which the biopic is named. The band was up to the task, certainly, since they have been in presentations since before the cover debuted in the band. Suicide squad Soundtrack in 2016, but given the age of the cover and the fact that the performance was taking place all over the world, it was not exactly the most exciting or revealing moment of the night.
14. Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ ign, "Psycho" / "Better Now"
Using silver in the strobe light like Michael Jackson in the "Rock With You" video, Post Malone played the most exuberant version of "Psycho" you've heard, making the song sound like something from Ty Dolla $ ign Beach house series, appropriate given the presence of Ty Dolla as a guest performer of the song. The Newer's single "Better Now" would probably have made more sense as a full performance, given its full-speed and full-band energy, but unfortunately it was sent to more than one coda here. Maybe for the Grammys.
13. Jennifer Lopez, "Unlimited"
J.Lo proved to be still at the peak of his powers with his performance of Video Vanguard in the VMA this year, so there is no doubt that he has been awarded some prize show that he considers worthy to take. Her debut performance of the empowerment hymn written by Sia "Limitless" was strong enough, but the song itself does not beat the state of the soundtrack, and the clip of Lopez's next movie Second act It seemed a little without inspiration too.
12. Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid, "Eastside"
Shout at any performance that begins with its producer with a hoodie dyed and sitting on a computer adjusting the levels, really. The staging in the "Eastside" living room was certainly clever, which gave the song an interesting energy to play with friends, aided by the compelling charisma of its two main artists. The song is still a little mediocre for the interpreters of their talents, but the three managed to squeeze the maximum charm on the stage of AMA.
11. Mariah Carey, "with you"
Is that all part of the same dress? Apparently not, as about a dozen backup dancers sprouted from the sprawling train of Mariah Carey's scarlet dress to spin around her, while the R & B legend parked her new single "With You". Inspired preparation for a performance that allowed Mariah to concentrate on her voices while others worked on her behalf, although "With You" as a song is not the most dynamic of the numbers for an awards presentation.
10. Shawn Mendes x Zedd, "Lost in Japan"
It's great to see "Lost in Japan," one of the highlights of the self-titled Billboard 200 album led by Shawn Mendes, which ultimately replaced "In My Blood" as the award for the young singer and songwriter. Zedd towed to tick the ivories in support. Sorta is ironic that the version has been made closer to the original version of Mendes than the Zedd remix currently promoted, but the DJ seemed to be having enough fun to get lost in the blue-eyed funk of the performance.
9. Ella Mai, "Boo & d; Up"
It feels strange that this is the second prize show of "Boo & # 39; d Up", a radio hit that can not be avoided and that seems to have been part of pop culture for a decade. Even last night was something of a surprise, immediately after Shawn Mendes and Zedd, but the bottomless appeal of the song really needs no introduction, and Ella Mai's sweet performance felt like an appropriate victory lap for the British R & B star.
8. Dua Lipa, "One Kiss" / "Electricity"
First, it's fun to have a pop diva with two different backback house hits (along with a combination of three megaproducers) to act as a mix of prizes. Dua's vocals skimmed the tone at times, but the vibe of the performance was very ecstatic, with a dramatic drop of confidence of ten feet and ending with the singer in the middle of what seemed to be a daytime storm. Good times.
7. Camila Cabello, "Consequences"
The recently released version of "Orquesta" Camila "Consequences" of the ballad is not exactly the great ballad that Cabello deserves as a signature number, but it was made for the most elegant television performance of the pop star of the moment to date in the AMA. The former singer of the Fifth Harmony looked dazzling with her black dress and silver sleeves and sounded dazzling with her latest vocal cumshots. The standing ovation she received later, including Taylor Swift, was all the revision that was needed, although the later presenter Amandla Stenberg also made a memorable evaluation: "Oh my God, that was ethereal.. "
6. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, "level up" / "Dosage"
One of the most frenzied hits of 2018 somehow even sounded even more accelerated in its performance of AMA, Ciara and Missy acting as an LP that is playing at 45 RPM. A jolt of energy needed for the third hour of an award program, and impossible not to smile at the brief immersion in Trillville's classic "Neva Eva" or the reaction of Missy's "funky white sister," Mary Halsey, between the public.
5. Carrie Underwood, "Spinning Bottles"
A bold choice to not perform either your established main song or your song title this year. He cries a lot The album or its more recent simple "Love Wins", instead of opting for an emotional performance of the ballad "Spinning Bottles". Acting in a proper rotation scenario, the Underwood voices that were always heard live led to emotional interpretation, making it feel like a lost scene from the recent A star has been born Redo.
4. Twenty-one pilots, "monkey"
Less physical than some of the Twenty One Pilots awards show the performances of the last cycle album, but certainly no less sensational: you would probably have to go far back in the history of AMA to find the latest interpretation of rock so heavy. The new album of the duo. Ditch he has a handful of songs that probably would have made safer decisions than "Jumpsuit", but his performance with us or against us here shows why it was still a good decision: if you're still in the band here, great; if not, well, we've already given them a platform as big as they'll ever need.
3. Gladys Knight, Donnie McClurkins, CeCe Winans, Ledisi and Mary Mary, tribute to Aretha Franklin
For a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the American Music Awards, a show in which Aretha had a long history as a presenter, performer and winner, would be expected to be weighed with successes. But the AMAs adopted a different attitude with their tribute, bringing some of the best soul and gospel interpreters of Franklin's life to deliver interpretations of hymns from which Aretha had delivered distinctive performances, including several from her live gospel album. of 1972, the best-selling Amazing Grace. It's not a performance for occasional fans, but the passion and vocal talent on display were absolutely undeniable, and Aretha would no doubt have loved her, although she would also be furious and could not join herself.
2. Taylor Swift, "I did something wrong"
Quite large to open an awards program with the fifth single of his album, if he even decides to officially release it, but as the culmination of a year in which Taylor Swift has been responsible for one of the largest albums, one of the most big Guided tours, and one of the biggest increases in voter registration, seems to be well enough deserved. Anyway, her "I Did Something Bad" was appropriately massive, with a brilliant and deliberate rhythm, a perfect pause for effect after it. "If a man talks shit, then I do not owe him anything," and the best prizes show the use of a Snake since Britney Spears in 2001.
1. Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny, "I like it"
With a live horn section and the most glamorous costumes and the intricate staging of any televised Cardi B performance to date, "I like it" at the AMA was important even before Bad Bunny entered for his verse in a shopping cart. Reaching levels of entertainment close to Cirque du Soleil (or, dare we say, near Beyoncé), at the end of J. Balvin's turn, the performance was totally worthy of a pop star with three Hot 100 No. 1 at his name already – and shows that giving birth to her first child has not diminished Cardi's impulse.