Selena Gomez left it all on the stage of the American Music Awards on Sunday with one of her most raw live performances yet.
The 22-year-old songstress took the stage in a nude Giorgio Armani gown for an emotional performance of her new single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” that left her – and BFF Taylor Swift – in tears.
It began with the audio of Gomez’s teary, pre-recorded phone conversation previously heard in the single’s music video as the singer closed her eyes before her powerful solo.
“When I was on stage and I was thinking of … I felt like I know … I know him, though, and I know his heart and I know what he wouldn’t do to hurt me,” the recording said.
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Gomez’s raw emotions were only made more powerful by the lyrics and visuals of a giant moon, a lightning storm, a weeping woman and wings projecting behind her. An image a guy concealed by a shadow, resting his palms against a clouded glass – presumably depicting the song’s subject, Justin Bieber – brought it all together.
Jennifer Lopez shakes her booty in sexy performance
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea had AMA producers nervous that they would cross the line for their performance of “Booty.”
And while the duo’s first rendition of the song on a live telecast was pretty tame, it hit the mark and was booty-full.
Lopez, 45, kicked off the performance in a sparkling tuxedo-style bodysuit with some impressive – and incredibly flexible – moves.
Azalea later appeared in a lower part of the stage in a gold halter bodysuit and the two proceeded to do some twerking and grinding with a little butt slapping for added spark.