As loathe as I am to plug any of far, far too many music awards shows, The 2014 American Music Awards® has piqued my interest by garnering a performance from Lorde. The Kiwi artist writes impressive tunes and performs them in a way that reminds of Joe Cocker, though more subdued – and her vocal abilities are very different.
It’s just a shame that the announcement of Lorde’s performance had to include the appearance of the insipid One Direction.
The 2014 American Music Award® will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 23rd. I will be paying attention for about four, or five, minutes.
FERGIE, LORDE AND ONE DIRECTION TO PERFORM AT THE 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®
The Show Will Broadcast Live SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC
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dick clark productions announced today that Fergie, Lorde and One Direction will join the growing list of superstars set to perform at the 2014 American Music Awards. Fergie will take to the stage to make her worldwide television debut performing her first single, since 2006, “L.A. LOVE (la la),” from her upcoming album. After stealing the music scene in 2013, Lorde will be performing for the first time at the 2014 American Music Awards. International sensation One Direction will perform a song off of their highly anticipated album, FOUR. In just four short years, the band has achieved a staggering 94 number one tracks and over 46 million records sold. Also scheduled to appear at the world’s biggest fan-voted award show are previously announced 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith and the evening’s host, Pitbull. The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
Fergie recently announced that she has been in the studio working on the follow-up to her 2006 solo album “The Dutchess,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and spent 94 weeks on the chart. The album went on to sell 6.2 million copies and 28.5 million tracks worldwide and spawned three No. 1 hits on the Hot 100: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” as well as the Top 5 singles “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” Since “The Dutchess’” release, Fergie has also released two multi-Platinum albums, “The E.N.D.” and “The Beginning,” with The Black Eyed Peas– with whom she has sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide. The Black Eyed Peas’ videos have been viewed over 1.8 billion times on their YouTube channel.
New Zealand native and multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Lorde splashed on to the scene last year with her debut single “Royals,” which became an international hit landing her atop the Billboard Hot 100 and made her the youngest solo artist to achieve a U.S. number one since 1987, as well as holding the longest standing #1 for any female artist in the Billboard Alternative Chart history. In September 2013, following her single’s success, Lorde released her debut studio album PURE HEROINE with Lava/Republic Records. The record sky-rocketed on the charts and has sold more than 1.5 million records to date. Other singles from the album include “Tennis Court” and “Team” which both became top-ten worldwide hits. On September 29th, Lorde released “Yellow Flicker Beat” the first single from the soundtrack of the greatly anticipated film “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Upon impacting airwaves, the song made history by becoming the #1 Most Added song at Alternative Radio and set a new record for “Most Adds on a Female Artist” in Mediabase History. Not only is “Yellow Flicker Beat” the #1 iTunes Soundtrack Song currently, it entered the Top 10 at Alternative Radio in just 3 short weeks.
One Direction has gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. As the band’s song writing becomes more personal with each record, FOUR is set to be their most stunning and evolved yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sell out “Where We Are” stadium tour and the 3-D film documentary “This Is Us.” Fans also had the opportunity to relive this summers’ tour with the release of their second film “Where We Are: The Concert Film,” which broke records as the largest audience across one weekend ever seen by Event Cinema theatres. The “Where We Are: The Concert Film” DVD will be released on December 2. Add all this to their 3 billion YouTube views, 109 million combined Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans and it’s clear that Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn genuinely are a worldwide phenomenon. FOUR will be released globally on November 17, 2014 via Syco/Columbia Records and includes the lead single “Steal My Girl.”
The 2014 American Music Award nominations were announced earlier this month, revealing that Iggy Azalea is up for six awards–the most of any artist. Other top contenders include John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each earned five nominations, and Lorde who earned four.
As always at the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, Electronic Dance Music, as well as categories for Top Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. For a full list of nominees visit AMAvote.com.
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
The American Music Awards is voted on by the fans. Winners will be determined through online and Twitter voting. Voting begins on October 13 for all categories except New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s. Fans can vote once per day at the Coca-Cola AMA voting site, AMAvote.com, as well as once per day via Twitter by including the nominee’s name, category name and #AMAs within a tweet.
Voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s will open on November 1 and will remain open throughout the first hour of the ABC live broadcast on November 23, with the winner being announced in the final hour. Fans can vote via AMAVote.com and Twitter.
Preceding the ABC broadcast for the 6th consecutive year will be the “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 AMAs” pre-show. Live coverage will stream online for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT on November 23rd at Yahoo Live, this year’s official digital distributor of the American Music Awards Experience. The live stream can also be watched at TheAMAs.com and ABC.com.
The 2014 American Music Awards® is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.
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