If you didn’t tune in to ABC last night for the American Music Awards, you can still watch our six favorite performances from the show. Sure, the AMAs are all about honoring the year’s best artists, but the main reason people tuned in is for the amazing performances. There was so much talent on stage last night that we couldn’t possibly post all of them, but here are some highlights from the show.
Janet Jackson opened the show with a medley of her hits, past and present, giving fans a taste of her current album titled Number Ones. Howeve, she updated her set with her newest song, “Make Me,” which is classically Janet. Overall it seemed like a mini concert from Ms. Jackson, but it seemed to get a mixed reaction from the audience.
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys brought a little elegance brought a little elegance and old Hollywood style to the stage with “Empire State of Mind.” While Lil’ Mama couldn’t make it on stage for this performance, the crowd generally seemed to be feeling it. Hov and A. Keys even had country singer Reba McEntire nodding her head around the 2:15 mark!
Whitney Houston also made her way to the stage for “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” This is probably her best performance since her comeback album, I Look To You, dropped in August.
Probably our favorite performances of the night, Shakira owned the stage with her performance of “Give It Up To Me.” Everything was so precise that we’re tempted to believe someone went to a step show before choreographing her routine.
Mary J. Blige kept it simple for her performance of “I Am,” but then that’s always been her style. And from the crowd shots, it seems like the crowd, including Jay-Z, wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Eminem got a little help from 50 Cent when he took the stage. First they did Slim’s “Crack A Bottle,” then they mixed it into “Forever,” though we would have preferred if 50’s “Baby By Me” had been thrown in there too. Even if we didn’t get exactly what we wanted this was still a solid performance from Em and 50.
— Sonya Eskridge