The American Music Awards aired last night, and with the exception of some standout performances, not everyone was at their best. Below is a recap for your reviewing enjoyment.
Halsey first grabbed my attention during her performance at Rihanna’s Fenty fashion show (yes, I’m late to the Halsey party). She’s hypnotic, and her AMA performance is no exception.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
I’m over these two. Sure they have chemistry, but it’s so played up it’s now played out. Also, their chemistry is literally the only element of the performance. The non-kiss tension worked for me at the VMAs, but now it’s just unoriginal.
Shania Twain’s over-the-top fashion choices are almost as iconic as her greatest hits, and it was nice to see her return to form in this crazy pink ensemble. The entire performance felt like a concert-worthy moment rather than a pocket of a larger show. Does anything make you “feel like a woman” more than neon pink? Twain has been honest about her Lyme Disease has impacted her vocals, and she took a layover from the limelight as a result. It’s nice to see her return to the stage.
You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine #ShaniaTwain #ShaniaAMAs #AMAs2019 @ShaniaTwain pic.twitter.com/0YPh8tkcCg— 🌈 Misunderstood (@erikay84) November 25, 2019
Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. I like her music, I like the presentation, and I love that she refused to go the standard sexy route. Weird is always welcome in my world. Plus, this power duo pens their own tunes, and that goes a long way in my book.
wow @billieeilish bodied that performance 🔥🔥🔥 #AMAs pic.twitter.com/3vkTSRj3Wr— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) November 25, 2019
Green Day makes the list of bands I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never seen live. I’m most embarrassed because by all accounts their performances are unprecedented. I’m told Billy Joe’s appreciation for his audience shows through from start to finish, which means it always surprises me when they take the stage at an awards show rife with some of a more apathetic crowd. One of the most legendary bands in history is on the stage in front of you, and you’re on your iPhone scrolling (see video below). If only he smashed his guitar and complained about the same way he did on that infamous Bieber moment.
Showing 'em how it's done at the @AMAs!! https://t.co/Oke6BuPv3I pic.twitter.com/KEQO9bHpWS— Green Day (@GreenDay) November 25, 2019
Yes, I love Lizzo, but I almost fell asleep during her performance. She’s not a ballad singer, and this felt like something Adele would do (minus the “passionate” kneeling). The dress is also way off-brand.
Billboard News: Lizzo gave a stunning performance of "Jerome" at the 2019 #AMAs. #BillboardNews pic.twitter.com/v8rsBTc0QK— billboard (@billboard) November 25, 2019
Dua Lipa transported me to the 80s with a leotard-driven version of musical chairs amid balloons (white-girl shimmy included). After her fresh, intoxicating performance at the Grammys, this was hugely disappointing. Whose the stylist that got in her ear, told her to dye her hair blond and add extensions? This felt incredibly dated.
A late entry for Bop of the Year, courtesy of Dua Lipa #AMAs pic.twitter.com/fJQdRgpOVz— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) November 25, 2019
I don’t want to kick Selena while she’s down, especially since she had a panic attack immediately prior to her performance. That being said, her range is limited, and it shows. The original video for “Lose You to Love Me” is heavily auto-tuned, and the issue with that is — when you actually sing live — you’re exposed. The second song is better (it’s presumably lip-synced), but she looks so uncomfortable in her risque outfit, it’s hard to watch. She should take a page out of Billie Eilish’s handbook and start dressing in a way that brings out her best self.
Performance de Selena Gomez aux #AMAs (24/11): pic.twitter.com/q2YtUnKRYj
— Selena Gomez Source (@SSFRMedias) November 25, 2019