Best: Imagine Dragons Secure Next Year's Victory
What's the surest way to prove you're not a one-hit wonder? Write another hit. Imagine Dragons appear to have taken that advice to heart with new single "I Bet My Life," which they performed live for the first time at the AMAs and which, based on bone structure alone, certainly seems destined to be a smash. All the recent crossover criteria was met: Namely, it sounded like the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay. But it was also pounding and strangely shimmering, just like the Dragons' "Radioactive," and with frontman Dan Reynolds sounding road weary ("I know I let you down, didn't I?") and guitarist Wayne Sermon summoning a winding solo. "I Bet My Life" also seems to signal a bit of an evolution for the Las Vegas rockers. Then again, the more things change, the more they stay the same: Imagine Dragons brought the pyro and lasers to the stage, and of course there was a choir too — how else are you supposed to premiere a song? It was the second straight year they've ripped it up at the AMAs — they'll probably be back in 2015.