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American Music Awards Performances Ranked From Worst to Best 2015

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American Music Awards Performances Ranked From Worst to Best 2015

The 2015 American Music Awards boasted a slew of A-list talent, knockout live performances and plenty of surprises (that makeout session, for one). From AMA host Jennifer Lopez’s live opener to Justin Bieber’s medley, here are the 2015 AMAs performances ranked worst to best.

19. Jennifer Lopez, “Waiting for Tonight” + Dance Medley

While we appreciated Jennifer Lopez opening with the always welcome “Waiting for Tonight,” the ensuing dance medley was just a little bit confusing. For the first 3-5 songs, it was fun and unexpected, but after 5 minutes of J.Lo dancing to a 2015 megamix without singing a note, you kinda wondered when it was going to wrap. Her heartfelt monologue afterward, however, was fantastic.

18. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild, “Home Alone Tonight”

Country superstar Luke Bryan took the stage with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild for the duet “Home Alone Tonight” (Macaulay Culkin not included). They sounded good vocally, but the song itself wasn’t terribly memorable.

17. Gwen Stefani, “Used to Love You”

Gwen’s synthy breakup ballad received a laser light show at the AMAs. Despite that, it was still one of the night’s least interesting performances — it’s a great song, but the background was a little off. Gwen singing in front of a screen projecting 3-4 weepy Gwen faces was just too much, and the backup dancers popping out of the fog like whack-a-moles didn’t make it any less odd.

16. Pentatonix & Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars Medley

We couldn’t be more excited for the new Star Wars, and Pentatonix is a reliable live act we’re always excited to see at an awards show. But the group singing along to the wordless Imperial March and the main Star Wars theme was about as WTF as you’d expect. It was a lot of vocal ba-ba-baaa and doo-doo-doo, so honestly, when the orchestra took over, it was a bit of a relief.

15. 5 Seconds of Summer, “Hey Everybody”

Once you got over how much the song’s melody sounds like Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” you could just let yourself enjoy one of the night’s few rock performances. They made up for the night’s dearth of live instrumentation by banging on theirs as hard as possible.

14. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”

You’ve heard it a million times, and it still isn’t getting old. Unlike most of the night’s performers, Walk the Moon seriously sold their song, rocking out “Shut Up and Dance” hard and shimmying on stage to the undeniable dance-rock hit.

13. Selena Gomez, “Same Old Love”

An old school Hollywood staircase, backup dancers with MC Hammer pants and finger snaps aplenty, Selena Gomez’s AMAs performance was the right combination of visual weirdness and elegance.

12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Leon Bridges, “Kevin”

Macklemore got emotional rapping about addiction and the broken American dream on the live TV debut of his new song “Kevin,” which features the absurdly soulful Leon Bridges on the song’s chorus. It’s hard to judge a song you’ve just heard against familiar hits, but the newcomer “Kevin” stood strong in a sea of well-worn material at the 2015 AMAs.

11. Carrie Underwood, “Heartbeat”

Surrounding by candles, Chinese lanterns, fog and backed by a harvest moon, Carrie Underwood delivered her lovely, nostalgic “Heartbeat.” Whether it was the lighting or her red gown fluttering in the wind, it felt like the night’s most classically gorgeous performance.

10. Demi Lovato, “Confident”

“What’s wrong with being confident?” Demi Lovato asked the 2015 AMAs. But honestly, she didn’t even need to say the words. Her controlled stare, killer bob and sinuous dance moves announced her #Confidence to the world before her mouth even opened.

9. Nick Jonas, “Chains/Levels/Jealous”

Starting with a toned-down version of “Chains” on the ivories, Nick Jonas quickly moved past the low-key intro to a forceful version of “Levels” that found the solo Jo Bro abdicating the mic and stepping behind the drum kit to pound the skins for a second. If that wasn’t enough, he brought out a massive gospel choir for a group sing-along of “Jealous” that had the entire audience clapping and dancing along.

8. The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Combining LED pyro with real-life flames, The Weeknd lit up the AMAs (and Wiz Khalifa, who was otherwise looking pretty sleepy all night) with his No. 1 hit “The Hills.” He looked like a lover stalking the ruins of an ex’s house he’d just burned down — which is to say, he looked totally in his element.

7. Coldplay, “Adventure of a Lifetime”

Be honest: You were not expecting Coldplay’s AMAs performance to be so turned up. The oft-melancholy band brought out the neon psychedelic colors, party confetti and gorilla backup dancers (What? Yes, gorilla backup dancers) for their live performance of “Adventure of a Lifetime,” and the change of pace was hugely welcome.

6. Meghan Trainor & Charlie Puth, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You/Marvin Gaye” 

Wearing raincoat chic, Meghan Trainor let her soulful vocals take the spotlight during her AMAs set. Well, at least until Charlie Puth joined her on a grand piano for their duet. While their voices sounded comfortable blending on “Marvin Gaye,” their lips looked even more at home together: The two wrapped their duet with a long, tongue-heavy makeout session that left no doubt that the two were dating. Or did it? Check out Puth’s take on the makeout sesh here.

5. One Direction, “Perfect”

After their third consecutive win for best pop/rock duo at the 2015 AMAs, One Direction played their Made in the A.M. highlight “Perfect.” It’s easy to say, but honestly, they sounded perfect while singing the romantic ballad — and Harry’s yellow rose on his suit was an added bonus.

4. Celine Dion, “Hymne a L’Amour”

As a tribute to the many lives lost, and countless lives affected, in the recent Paris attacks, the AMAs brought out Celine Dion to sing a chanson popularized by French vocal legend Edith Piaf. Dion sang “Hymne a L’Amour,” giving the decades-old song new life with her powerhouse vocals while a montage of Paris landmarks and makeshift memorials outside Le Bataclan played on the screen behind her.

3. Alanis Morissette & Demi Lovato, “You Oughta Know”

Alanis’ “You Oughta Know” got a 20th anniversary tribute at the 2015 AMAs when Demi Lovato and Alanis herself teamed up to duet on the immortal kiss-off track. Demi sounded great spitting out lines about Mr. Duplicity, and obvious, Alanis knows what she’s doing with this one. One of the night’s highlights.

2. Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean/Where Are U Now/Sorry” 

A medley of Bieber’s three smash hits from Purpose (so far) closed the AMAs, and man, did he kill it. His voice sounded great on the acoustic “What Do You Mean,” his dance moves were energetic and on-point with “Where Are U Now” and the rain-drenched “Sorry” finale was JB’s most memorable Purposeperformance yet. Seriously, Justin was soaked to the bone by the time it was done — it was practically an artistic baptism on live TV.

1. Ariana Grande, “Focus”

Classic Hollywood glam through the lens of Madonna seemed to be the go-to vibe of the night, and Ariana Grande exemplified that like no one else at the 2015 AMAs. After a restrained, sensuous start, Grande stripped off her long while gloves and kicked it into high gear. By the time “Focus” finished, it was clear Grande has delivered the evening’s strongest set, both vocally and visually.

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Beyoncé’s Natural Hair is Hair Goals!

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Have you seen Beyoncé’s natural hair? Listen, now that is what I call “hair goals”! Her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, has shared a video showing off her famous daughter’s hair on Instagram. In the video Ms Tina is brushing through her multi talented daughter’s hair, and kept saying “au naturale”.

To say that Queen Bey’s hair is “envy enducing” would just be an understatement, that hair is just all kinds of amazing! I mean, if that was my hair I would probably not even wait for my mom to gush about it, I would do the bragging my self. Beyoncé though, isn’t as “petty” as I am, in fact she didn’t seem to appreciate her mother’s antics. She can be heard saying: “Mama, that is really annoying. I mean very annoying”, in a strained laugh.

This is not the first time Ms Tina has gushed over her daughter’s hair on social media. Last year she shared a photo of Queen Bey’s glorious tresses tied in a ponytail, and talked about how happy she was that her daughter’s hair grew back after she had cut it into a pixie.  Ms Tina is obviously proud of her daughter’s hair, but I mean, which mother wouldn’t be?

In fact she is proud of both her daughters, Beyonce and Solange. Back in February, in an interview with ET Online, she gushed over their accomplishments and said the the most rewarding thing is seeing them “grow up, and their accomplishments”.  She also added that the best thing about her daughters is “how good and grounded they both are “.

It seems like I’m not the only one who thinks Queen Bey’s natural hair is beyond amazing, one fan commented on Ms Tina’s post and said: “Beys hair is long like her money, lol. LENGTH BABY! LENGTH!!!!” . Then on Twitter, another posted: “I need her hair routine and products RIGHT NOW! I’m kidding [I’m] sure I can’t afford them.”

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Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Is “Still Alive and Fighting Cancer”

Legendary Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill has died after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he’d been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

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Legendary Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill has died after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he’d been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

His death was confirmed by Geto Boys groupmate Scarface this morning, who took to Instagram to pay tribute to the rapper. “RIP Bushwick Bill,” he wrote in his Instagram caption. He was 52.

Bushwick Bill was born on December 8, 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica. The rapper (born Richard Stephen Shaw) moved to Brooklyn, New York in his youth before ultimately settling in Houston, where he joined Geto Boys as a dancer in the late 1980s.

Shaw suffered from dwarfism throughout his life, which informed to his early Geto Boys stage name “Little Billy.” At 3 feet 8 inches tall, he became one of the group’s most memorable contributors, and his image graced the cover of Geto Boys’ 1991 album We Can’t Be Stopped, which depicts groupmates Scarface and Willie D rushing Shaw to the hospital after shooting his own eye out in the summer of 1991. Shaw released six studio albums as a solo artist including 1992’s Little Big Man, 1995’s Phantom of the Rapra, and most recently the 2010 album My Testimony of Redemption.

Last month, Geto Boys announced a farewell tour following Shaw’s cancer diagnosis, which was later cancelled due to his health. According to reports from TMZ, he was also upset by the title of the tour, which implied he was on his deathbed.

Update (12:30pm): Bushwick Bill apparently hasn’t died after all. TMZ has updated their report to note that the musician is “still alive and fighting cancer” according to his publicist. The publicist confirmed his status with hospital staff, who say that the musician is still in their care, with numerous family members by bedside.

Update (1:45pm): In a new post on Instagram, Bushwick Bill’s son confirmed that the Geto Boys musician is still alive. “My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life,” he writes in the post’s caption. “He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because y’all really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill.”

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Nick Jonas Feared Brothers Would ‘Never Speak to Me Again’ After Band Split

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Just days before the release of the Jonas Brothers’ new album “Happiness Begins” on June 7th, the band sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to discuss their reunion journey and the circumstances behind their breakup.

After the brothers Jonas, Kevin, Joe and Nick, encountered stagnating record and ticket sales and faced internal strife, the band split up in 2013. “To call it creative differences is almost too simple,” Nick said. “And I think a lot of people lost the appetite for what we were putting into the world. So, you know, we were putting up shows that weren’t selling. We were making music that I don’t think we were all super proud of, and it wasn’t connected.”

He explained that the brothers’ relationship was also strained, so he had a “tough conversation” with Kevin and Joe. “I said, ‘You know, I feel like the Jonas Brothers should be no more, and we should go on individual journeys.’ And it didn’t go so well,” he recalls.

At that point, Joe thought that the band was done. “I checked out in my mind that – that was it. There’s going to be no more brothers ever,” he tells Smith.

Nick added, “And I feared that, you know, we – they would never speak to me again.”

Inbetween their breakup, Joe focused on his funky pop project DNCE, while Nick concentrated more on acting and his solo career. Kevin was dedicated to raising his two daughters.

Ultimately, the brothers couldn’t stay apart. “I think we –- we definitely were supposed to go through all of what we went through to get to this point, definitely,” Joe says. “I think it was, it was kind of, I guess you could say destiny, whatever it may be, but yeah, we got a do-over, and I think this time around we’re going to do it right.”

In February, the Jonas Brothers revealed their reunion plans with the release of “Sucker,” which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. They’ve since released another single titled “Cool.” Alongside the release of their first album in 10 years, the band announced earlier this week that they would release new documentary “Chasing Happiness” on June 4th via Amazon Prime and a memoir titled “Blood” on November 12th.

On August 7th, the Jonas Brothers will head out on a North American tour in support of “Happiness Begins” in Miami.

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