[VIDEO] New Edition & NKOTB AMAs — Watch American Music Awards 2021

The old was suddenly new again during Sunday’s American Music Awards, which welcomed an iconic pair of 1980s musical groups to the stage for a performance that has spanned decades.

It was actually more of a showdown than a traditional performance. New Edition (Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant) and New Kids on the Block (Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood) teamed up for something billed as the “Battle of Boston”.

The musical melee featured snippets from both groups’ biggest hits, including “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Candy Girl,” “Step by Step,” “Mr. The Man on the Telephone,” “Can You Stand the Rain ”and“ Hangin ‘Tough ”.

Check out footage from the battle, which we’ll replace with a full video if / when available, below:

Although neither group was ready for any AMAs this year, both have been successful in the past. New Edition won favorite band / duo / soul / R&B group in 1987 and 1997, while New Kids won favorite pop / rock band / duo / group and favorite pop / rock album (Hanging hard) in 1990.

New Kids last performed at the American Music Awards in 2010, while it has been much longer (1997!) Since AMA’s last performance of New Edition.

Other high-profile artists at this year’s AMAs include Bad Bunny, BTS, Carrie Underwood, Chlöe, Coldplay, Diplo, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Lopez, Julieta Venegas, Kane Brown, Måneskin, Mickey Guyton, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic, Tainy, Tyler. the Creator, Walker Hayes and Zoe Wees. Megan Thee Stallion was originally scheduled to perform “Butter” with BTS, but had to withdraw at the last minute for personal reasons.

Press PLAY in the video above to see New Edition and New Kids at the AMAs, then rate the battle of Boston and leave a comment with your full review below.

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