American Music Awards 2014's 20 Best and Worst Moments

The verdict on Taylor Swift, One Direction, 5SOS and everything from Pitbull's "Fireball" to Waka Flocka Flame

Load Previous
Best: Mary J. Blige Takes Retro-Soul Back From British White Guys
20
Lester Cohen/Getty9/20

Best: Mary J. Blige Takes Retro-Soul Back From British White Guys

The vintage microphone was telegraphing her punches a little bit, but this performance was something simple and timeless for a night that needed it. With a vocal performance nothing short of blazing, a wardrobe as black as Johnny Cash's, diamonds as big as Elizabeth Taylor and a song that's itching to be the new "Rehab," Mary J. Blige provided the awesome link between Etta James and Sam Smith (who co-wrote the thing).

Back to Top