American Music Awards 2014: Selena Gomez, Garth Brooks added to a dozen live performances
Get ready for a trio of great performances at this year’s AMA awards. ABC has confirmed that Garth Brooks, Selena Gomez and Imagine Dragons will perform on the 2014 American Music Awards. Brooks will perform live from a stop on his Garth Brooks World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina performing a song from his new album “Man Against Machine.” Gomez’s performance of her new single “Heart Wants What it Wants” will mark the first time that she performs the song live for television. Imagine Dragons will take to the stage with a performance of their brand new single “I Bet My Life,” the first music to be released from the quartet’s upcoming second album.
They join a star-studded lineup of previously announced must-see performers including 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift 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.
Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks is now certified at 134 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008 the President-elect, himself, requested that Garth headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the “wave” to Garth’s performance of “Shout” while the President sang along. That same year, the Governor of California asked Garth to help the State. Garth performed 5 concerts in 2 days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A,” allowing viewers to donate as well. In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing 9 sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts. In January 2012, he was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielsen and SoundScan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The 15,000+ seat sell-out happened in less than a minute. Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger. On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost 9 million viewers watching his televised special “Live From Las Vegas.” That very day Garth released his new boxed set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” which debuted for the 13th time in Garth’s career at #1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat. Garth’s performance of “Friends in Low Places,” was the last thing heard on The Tonight Show as Jay Leno ended his 22 year reign as The Tonight Show host. On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, “People Loving People.” It is his first new single since 2008.
Gomez will perform “Heart Wants What it Wants”, the lead single from her forthcoming greatest hits collection “For You.” Her first solo album “Stars Dance” was released in 2013 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart. The first single from the album “Come and Get It” was an international hit as well her first #1 single on the US Top 40 chart. She then followed up the success of the album with a sold out world tour. Gomez had released three previous albums with her band “The Scene.” Over the course of her music career, Selena has sold over 15 million singles in the US and hit the top of the Billboard Dance Chart five times. Selena Gomez made her mark in entertainment by conquering film, music and television at an early age. On the big screen, she began making the transition from young actress to adulthood with such films as the much talked about Harmony Korine film “Spring Breakers.” The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to critical claim while Gomez’s performance was singled out as a “breakout.” She was most recently seen opposite William H. Macy and Billy Crudup in “Rudderless” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Other film credits include: “The Getaway” opposite Ethan Hawke, “Monte Carlo,” as well as lending her voice to the hit Sony animated film “Hotel Transylvania” along with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.
Imagine Dragons will take to the stage with a performance of their brand new single “I Bet My Life,” the first music to be released from the Las Vegas quartet’s upcoming second album. They are returning to the American Music Awards after winning “Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock” at 2013’s event, where they also wowed the crowd with a performance of their hit, “Radioactive.” Formed in 2009 by vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots following by independently releasing a series of EPs. After Alex Da Kid signed them to his KIDinaKORNER/Interscope label, the band made its major-label debut with the release of “Continued Silence,” a 2012 EP featuring the 2x platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time.” The band’s double-platinum album “Night Visions” arrived later that year and Imagine Dragons found themselves on a skyward trajectory that saw the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, sell nearly four million copies worldwide, and became the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. “Night Visions’” second single, the 9x platinum “Radioactive,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for “Best Rock Performance.” It is the best-selling rock song in U.S. digital history. The third single, “Demons,” hit No. 1 at Alternative and Top 40 radio, and has sold 3.9 million copies in the U.S. The band has sold more than 24 million tracks worldwide.
The 2014 American Music Award nominations were announced last month, revealing six nominations for Iggy Azalea–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.