The American Music Awards are pretty pointless. It’s unclear who actually decides the winners of these awards, and most of the performances just feel like overdone publicity stunts. Enter, Selena Gomez.
We were low-key excited to see what Selena did on Sunday night, as it was her first TV performance in over a year, and her first public appearance since ditching The Weeknd and getting back with Justin Bieber. And it was fuckin’ weird.
First of all, she’s blonde now. We don’t necessarily hate it, but we’re not sure if it’s actually an improvement? Idk, not everyone needs to be blonde. But really, her hair color was the least questionable thing about her performance.
She performed “Wolves,” her new song featuring Marshmello, who wears a giant robot head à la Deadmau5, and he was banging on some drums off to the side, which obviously added a lot to the performance. Selena was wearing a white nightgown, and her hair looked like she just took a shower, but with bacon grease instead of water.
She starts out on the ground in front of an old car with the headlights on, so we’re thinking she maybe got like hit by the car and then is dead now? Or something? Then all these girls who look like they escaped from the 1800s come running in, and they dance around her and lift her in the air, and there’s really just a lot going on.
The biggest issue with the performance was that Selena was definitely lip synching, which is pretty rough. Like, even if you’re still recovering from your kidney surgery or whatever, you couldn’t at least sing along to the backing track? Selena’s never been known for her powerhouse vocals, but usually you can actually hear her trying.
The other really weird thing was that usually Selena ends her performances with a smile and a “thank you,” a fact I definitely know by researching it and not off the top of my head because I’ve seen all her live performances. Anyway, this time she just gave a dejected look and a half-hearted “thank you”, kind of like you do when an ugly guy calls you cute.
So what the hell is going on? Is Selena regretting all her choices, like going back to her fuckboy ex? Did she like, forget about the performance until 30 minutes before? Is the old Selena dead and we’re now ushering in a new, darker Selena? We’ll have to wait and see what the next few months look like for her, because Sunday night kicked things off to a really confusing start.