Wednesday, April 24, 2024

American Music Awards: Katy Perry Will Sing But It Won’t be Her Big Hit


It’s nice to hear that Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and TLC have all been lined up for the American Music Awards. Unfortunately, they are relevant to nothing concerning January’s Grammy Awards.

Perry will open the AMAs with her current single called “Unconditionally.” She will not sing her monster hit, Roar, the only single of hers to make the Grammy eligibility deadline of September 30th. So let her sing the new song and get off the stage. The Grammys will get her for the song everyone wants to hear, not the follow up.

Jennifer Lopez: she hasn’t had a real hit in years. She’s not Grammy material anyway. And she’ll lip synch to some convolutedĀ  dance number on the AMAs.

TLC: they are now an emeritus group headed to Las Vegas. They are not chasing waterfalls, just a meaningful paycheck. They wouldn’t be on the Grammys anyway.

The AMAs will be fine, but they will also be cheesy. Yesterday someone alluded to this column saying that things have changed, and that performers can do both the AMAs and the Grammys. Oh no they can’t. And if deals have been worked out for Perry, Gaga and Timberlake, the AMAs will settle for a second tier song or a less spotlighted performance.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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