The 10 Best American Music Awards Performances, Ranked


Awards season is approaching!

The 2016 American Music Awards air on Sunday, Nov. 20. This year, stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Green Day (yes, you read that correctly) will hit the big stage.

Over the years, legends like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston have graced the coveted stage of the American Music Awards. We’ve witnessed classic moments in music such as *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” and Britney Spears’ “Stronger.” In more recent years, the AMAs have seemingly become a competition to see who can outdo the previous years’ performances; maybe that’s why it attracted 11 million viewers last year!

After sifting through tons of videos, we’ve picked out the top 10 best AMAs performances of all time. Our ranking:

10. Justin Bieber- Medley (2015)

Yep, Bieber made the list. He closed out last year’s AMAs with a seven-minute medley of his catchiest songs including “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry.” We’re giving major props to the “Where Are Ü Now” singer for dancing (and singing) in the rain in a super-tight pair of skinny jeans.

9. Miley Cyrus- “Wrecking Ball,” 2013

If you can get past the gigantic cat behind her, Miley actually delivered an incredible vocal performance of “Wrecking Ball” at the 2013 AMAs.

8. *NSYNC- “Bye Bye Bye” (2000)

Are you feeling nostalgic? Because we are. Just take a moment to relive this iconic boy band moment at the 2000 AMAs.

7. Britney Spears- “Stronger” (2001)

Watch Brit in her prime during her 2001 performance of “Stronger.”

6. Alicia Keys and Usher- “My Boo” (2004)

Why is this performance great? One: Alicia Keys and Usher in matching outfits. Two: They almost kiss several times.

5. P!nk- “Try” (2012)

Nobody has ever proved to be as physically strong at the AMAs than P!nk in her 2012 performance of “Try.”

4. Taylor Swift- “Blank Space” (2014)

Tay pulled out all the stops for her crazy, fiery performance of “Blank Space” that parodied her being labeled “boy crazy” by critics.

3. Lady Gaga- “Bad Romance” and “Speechless” (2009)

Gaga set the bar incredibly high for AMAs performances to come after this one. From a burning piano to breaking glass with her microphone stand, this was definitely one for the books.

2. Beyoncé- “Single Ladies”  (2008)

Queen Bey gave us all a live version of her iconic “Single Ladies” music video and of course performed the signature dance that goes along with it.

1. Michael Jackson and Others – “We Are The World” (1986)

We’re not crying, you’re crying. The words of this song still ring true today, and never has so much star power come together on one stage since this moment.

Let us know what you think of this list in the comment section below!