Dick Clark Productions(NEW YORK) — The American Music Awards this Sunday night will be chock-full of huge star performances, from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay and Gwen Stefani, to One Direction, WALK THE MOON, Meghan Trainor and more. The show’s executive producer, though, says one particular performance will be “mind-boggling.”
Pentatonix, the chart-topping a cappella vocal group, will perform the iconic score from Star Warsduring the show. Executive producer Larry Klein tells ABC Radio, “We have a huge orchestra on stage doing the Star Wars theme with Pentatonix and their a cappella voices, with the clips of Star Wars going on the entire performance behind them.”
Klein says he’s also looking forward to The Weeknd performing his hit “The Hills.” “He was on the show one time where he just did a part with somebody else,” say Klein. “But now…now he’s going to own it!”
But Klein says he’s probably most excited about this year’s host: Jennifer Lopez. He says landing J-Lo was a dream come true for him. “For years I’ve wished that Jennifer Lopez would host this show and finally I got my wish,” he tells ABC Radio. “I mean, that really makes me happier than I can tell you about…incredibly happy. Something you’ve wanted for so long and all of a sudden, this year, it’s real.”
Here’s what Klein has to say about some of the other performances you’ll see Sunday night:
WALK THE MOON: They’re singing “Shut Up and Dance,” and Klein says he’s staged a high-energy performance for viewers. “I want to see running around, I want to see excitement, I want to see people going crazy,” he says. “I want to live that song with my eyes, not just with my ears.”
Coldplay: They’re performing their new single “Adventure of a Lifetime,” and Klein says, “That’s going to be a very cool look. It’s going to take you back to, like, the hippie era.”
Justin Bieber: He’s closing the show and Klein says, “We orchestrated it like it’s three separate acts in a Broadway play. He’s doing a medley of three songs — each one different part of the stage, each one its own environment, its own set, its own look.” He adds, “I mean, one will have dancers, one won’t. One will have a band, one won’t. It’s really three different looks all flowing together with no stops.”
As for whether or not the camera will cut to Selena Gomez in the audience while her ex Justin performs, Klein says he has no control over that. “I’m not going to tell the director to show me Selena when Justin is on stage. That’s not my place,” he tells ABC Radio. However, he notes, “If our director is shooting the audience and she’s clapping, you’re going to see her.”
Klein says that when Gwen Stefani performs, the camera won’t cut to Miranda Lambert, either. Not to save her feelings or anything, though: it’s because Miranda, the ex of Gwen’s boyfriend Blake Shelton, won’t even be in the house, though she’s nominated.
Taylor Swift is the leading nominee, with six nods. She’s not performing, but some of the stars taking the stage include Alanis Morissette teaming up with Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Leon Bridges, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and a duet from Luke Bryan andKaren Fairchild of Little Big Town.
Presenters include Paula Abdul, Ashley Benson, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Ciara, Terry Crews, Hannah Davis, DNCE, Florida Georgia Line, Tyrese Gibson, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Fifth Harmony, Julianne Hough, Kylie Jenner, Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Lautner, Tove Lo, Jenny McCarthy, Shawn Mendes, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kevin O’Leary, Norman Reedus, Jeremy Renner, Nick Robinson, Alicia Silverstone, Jeremy Sisto, Hailee Steinfeld, Wilmer Valderrama, Donnie Wahlberg, and Zendaya.
The 2015 American Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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