Brutally honest reviews of every AMAs 2021 performance, including BTS, JLo and Olivia Rodrigo

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With a knowledgeable mix of first-timers – Olivia Rodrigo, Mickey Guyton, menskin – and veteran superstars, including Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Underwood, were 2021 American Music Awards Offering a performance lineup targeting multiple generations.

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In a twist this year, the AMAs brought some artists back to their roots, as Underwood and Jason Aldean teamed up in Nashville, where they began their careers, and Kane Brown performed at HBCU Tennessee State University in his native state. did.

As usual during the three-hour event, some acts captivated while others faltered.

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Here’s how all the AMAs cast fared, from worst to first.

16. Coldplay and BTS, ‘My Universe’

What is a technical glitch of a display. This was the first live performance for coldplay and bts At the sweet stroke of their affection, but if they’re always going in this terrifying voice, it’s okay if it’s their last. At least we knew the vocals were live, as they were off-key and dominated the rest of the band. No amount of bouncing from eager frontman Chris Martin or the disciplined BTS could save this wreck, made even worse by mindless jumping as an explosion of flash pots at the merciful end of the performance.

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15. Walker Hayes, ‘Fancy Like’

The Travelman country singer-songwriter roared into the dance frenzy with her No. 1 viral hit with a pass of limbo-limbing hip-shakers running around the stage. Pausing the rudimentary kitty with “Hus” in front of the stage to sing for his wife and entering the artists’ lounge, Hayes made the most of all the ingredients of a novelty song.

14. Chloe, ‘There’s Mercy’

Chloe performs "Have Mercy".

Chloe Bailey, , in a cutout-filled white dress chloe x halle Fame (apparently graduating to an umlaut if you go it alone) crosses the stage with a troupe of female dancers. He also performed his first single VMAs in September, but this time she added twists and a parting, throwing off the sultry look.

13. Kane Brown, ‘One Mississippi’

Insured from HBCU Tennessee State University, the newly minted Arena star presented her single, released last summer, which rolls in with more country elements than her crossover work. The fiddles and clap-accompanied chorus powered the mid-tempo chugger, as brown, in a splashy-painted sweater and jeans, walked down the walkway to shake hands with fans in the middle of the song.

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12. Tawny with Bad Bunny and Juliette Venegas, ‘Lo Ciento Bibi :/’

Bad Bunny performs "Sorry Bibi :/".

The world premiere performance of the song from Latin music producer Tanny’s upcoming album, “Data”, took a futuristic approach. bad bunny Sitting inside an intricate-looking contraption we’re sure has an official name, a camera lens with a white hood that covers his eyes, while Venegas’ face is visible on a video tablet when he’s behind the piano. Was sitting Meanwhile, Tawny was hanging behind his nearby keyboard in a plume of smoke, turning the melody into the song’s shuffled groove.

11. Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, ‘If I Didn’t Love You’

Performing as a song for the couple’s professional hometown from Nashville, the country powerhouses mixed vocals on their hits. Aldeans new album, “Macon” (named for his actual hometown in Georgia). Aldean sat behind a piano, while Underwood clasped in a thigh-striped black gown with her usual gusto.

10. Tyler, The Creator, ‘Massa’

Performing in white shorts with socks pulled up, the rapper stood in front of a house with fake snow dribbling. As he dug into his deep lyrics—”Mom was at the shelter when ‘Yonkers’ dropped… when I took her out, that was the moment I knew I made it”—the camera swung closer, causing The audience felt his intensity. At the end of the song, taken from their new album, “Call Me If You Get Lost”, a scooter pulled over, tyler Picked up a case, went ahead and jumped.

9. Mickey Guyton, ‘All American’

Mickey Guyton performs "All American".

Chasing the stage in thigh-high black boots, the country star performed her anthem of inclusivity in front of a giant American flag. With her loud voice and charming smile, Gaiton Played his two background singers during the song, which is full of straight words about unity. Guyton was really touched to perform as he kissed the crowd and patted his chest in gratitude.

8. Olivia Rodrigo, ‘Traitor’

Olivia Rodrigo does "Traitor".

For his AMAs debut, the rising star kept it simple, playing acoustic guitar on edgy Swift-ian ballads. “Took you two weeks / It took you two weeks to go and date him / Looks like you didn’t cheat / But you’re still the one Traitor, “Rodrigo Her all-female band kicked in behind her. Offering lots of hurt and emotion, she raised the octave and, thanks to ingenious arrangements, proved why she’s likely to be named in this week’s Grammy nominations.

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7. Zoe Wes, ‘Girls Like Us’

The 19-year-old German singer, whose music sheds light on mental health issues, performed a “Soul of Soul” moment on the show. In a voice shaded with patience, the bandana-clad Wes offered a heartfelt delivery of a declaration of loneliness and confusion.

6. Jennifer Lopez, ‘On My Way’

Jennifer Lopez performs.

The ever-glamorous multi-hyphenate took the simple route for the new single form of her upcoming film, “Marry Me.” Backed by an orchestra and aided by a cool costume behind a massive video screen, lopez Sung the feel-good ballad with conviction. Her melodious vocals fit the song perfectly, and its galloping bridge points to another polished hit on her resume.

5. Givone, ‘Heartbreak Anniversary’

Givone performs on stage.

Like modern-day James Ingram or Ne-Yo, R&B singers who gained prominence on the songs of Drake (“Chicago Freestyle”) and Justin Bieber (“Peaches”), pretty much a guy who knows his way around an erotic ballad. The audible screams of women in the crowd threatened to overwhelm his creamy tone as he strolled down the walkway, hitting some falsetto notes and sparking several killer smiles.

4. Silk Sonic, Smokin’ Out the Window

the pet project Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paki Kicked off the show with his current throwback hit. The pair glided alternately across the stage – Mars sporting his ubiquitous sunglasses – in his burnt orange velvet suits, joined by two backup singers to give the performance a seductive feel. There’s nothing particularly inventive about the Silk Sonic, but it’s hard not to appreciate their dedication to the smooth.

3. BTS, ‘Butter’

Gliding around the stage, naturally, in yellow suits, the big winners at the AMAs enthralled the crowd—including a very involved Joey McIntyre—as they effortlessly threw their radio smashes. Trading vocals and spreading across the stage and catwalk, the group glimmers with their fluid dance moves that complement their heavenly vocals. (Megan Thee Stallion was tapped to remix “Butter” with BTS, but dropped out of her appearance on Saturday, Citing an “unforeseen personal matter”.,

2. Chandni, ‘Begin’

Offering their global smashes for their US awards show debut – the remake of The Four Seasons’ 1967 hit – Italian rockers dressed in flashy black tuxes for the occasion. With serrated guitars, a touch of glam and much European charisma, the quartet (whose name means “moonlight” in Danish) injected an acclaimed dash of rock ‘n roll into the show. Flying hair paired with shimmering strobe lights amplified the catchy chorus of the vintage hit.

1. New Edition and New Kids on the Block

In a segment made for nostalgia, two of Boston’s legendary boy band behemoths – New Kids on the Block and New Edition – did not so much “fight” as advertised, but provided 10 minutes of unfiltered joy. NKOTB first hit the block with “The Right Stuff”, clad in a variety of black and precise dances. She cleared the stage for the new version, decked out in colorful fedoras and pea coats, a ready-made sextet for “Candy Girl.” Both groups – which had original members – sounded crisp and rehearsed well. The dancing crowd included a shot of BTS, of course, thinking, “We’re in 25 years.” Tradeoffs between the groups included “Step by Step” and “Hangin’ Tough” and “Mr.” for NKOTB. “Telephone Man” and “If It Ain’t Love” for the new edition, as well as a silky mashup of “Please Don’t Girl” and “Is This the End”. The aptly choreographed staging was a teaser for the tour. We’re all in.

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