American Music Awards 2014 Performances: The 5 Best (Watch)
3. The “Bang Bang” Dance Party
Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande teamed up for another performance of their hit, “Bang Bang.” The song got the whole crowd going including Taylor Swift and Khloe Kardashian. The trio rocked gold glittering outfits and luckily for Nicki Minaj, her gold minidress dress fit properly so she did not have to wander around awkwardly clutching her outfit like what happened at this year’s VMA’s. Jessie J. donned a glittering skin tight bodysuit and stopped to rub booties with Khloe Kardashian during the perfomance, and Taylor Swift got in on the action as well as the glamorous singers engaged the star-studded audience. Grande also glowed in a two piece gold outfit with a crop-top, and her little brother Frankie got in on the dancing action with a performance that was definitely needed to liven up the crowd.
2. Taylor Swift-“Blank Space” Opener
Taylor Swift opened the entire show with a live performance of her newest hit, “Blank Space.” While there was not any kittens or horses, the performance was unbelievably elaborate on stage, complete with fire and, of course, hot men. Swift also showed off lots of leg in her slinky, shimmering dress while recreating the vibe of her music video as she goes from in-love to insane in a three minute song. It was pretty obvious that Swift was lip-syncing for the whole performance as it was definitely more about the theatrics than about her vocals. She lit a rose on fire and held the flame in her hand while singing lyrics like, “So it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames.”
Tons of men filled the stage around Swift, acting as both possible new lovers as well as old ones who donned some serious zombie make-up to enhance the effect of a brutal relationship with a crazy ex as she sings, “Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane.” Taylor has not only enjoyed success for that single, she also received the Dick Clark Award of Excellence at the AMA’s for her record setting album sales for 1989. Released in late October, 1989, sold 1.287 million copies in its first week becoming the highest-selling album of 2014.