2022 American Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles on Sunday night (November 20), where some of the year’s biggest stars took the stage to deliver fan-favorite hits and brand new tracks.
From P!nk, Carrie Underwood and Anita to Imagine Dragons, JID, Stevie Wonder, Dove Cameron and Yolathis year’s AMAs had something for every type of music fan, plus a number of buzz-worthy surprise performances and onstage collaborations.
In addition, this year’s show unveiled a new award, Song of Soul, which spotlights an emerging, mission-driven artist who has inspired change and aims for social justice through their music. The first recipient is Yola’s “Break the Bough”. Yola performed the song at the ceremony, marking her first AMAs performance. Bebe Rexha was also among the stars to take the AMAs stage for the first time this year and delivered her Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit with David Guetta “I’m good (blue).”
The ceremony also featured an emotional tribute to the deceased Olivia Newton-John, who died in August at the age of 73. After opening the show with her new single, P!nk took to the stage to perform John’s 1978 Cool classic “Hopelessly devoted to you.”
After Lionel Richie was honored with the Icon Award, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth teamed up to honor his career with a mash-up of his hits including “Three Times a Lady,” “Easy,” “All Night Long (All Night)” and more.
Read below to see how we feel Billboard ranked the night’s 11 performances and counting down to our favorite performance at the 2022 American Music Awards.