New Edition performs at the American Music Awards alongside NKOTB

The ‘Battle of Boston’ saw the two popular boy bands perform their hit singles back-to-back

It was a boy band revival at the 2021 AMAs. At the awards show, Boston-based boy bands New edition and New Kids On The Block faced in front of millions.

Like LeGrio Previously reported, New edition had an exciting year, cementing its iconic legacy with a tour announcement for 2022. The group, which won its first American Music Award in 1987, performed live for the first time in four years.

For the epic performance, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivinsand Johnny Gill gathered and got everyone on their feet in the Microsoft Theater.

New Edition’s Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Johnny Gill perform onstage during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC)

As previously mentioned, the performance was titled “Battle of Boston” with New Edition joining New Kids on the Block in an epic boy band medley.

In a heartwarming rehearsal clip released just before the performance, the boys of New Kids on the Black offer their flowers to New Edition, saying: “If there was no New Edition, there would be no New Kids on the Block, no Boyz II Manno street boysno *NSYNCno O-Cityno A directionno LFOs…no nothing!”

The actual performance saw both bands perform their greatest hits, with New Edition kicking things off with one of their signature songs, “Candy Girl.” The performance played similarly to the popular Verzuz format, with each group making back-to-back hits from their respective back-to-back catalogs.

New Edition also performed hits like “Mr. Telephone Man”, “Is This The End”, and more.

Brown and Gill sitting with leGrio ahead of their epic performance, talking about reuniting with Boston native NKTOB and more.

Brown shared, “Well, you must be proud of where you come from. And we take it very personal with our sports teams, all from Boston. You know, you must be proud of Boston…Boston supported us throughout. So, you know, we’re really excited to be able to represent Boston in its fullest form.

2021 American Music Awards - Fixed Show

Bobby Brown of New Edition, Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block (NKOTB), Ricky Bell of New Edition, Jordan Knight of NKOTB, Ralph Tresvant of New Edition, Joey McIntyre of NKOTB, Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition, Donnie Wahlberg of NKOTB , Michael Bivins of New Edition, Danny Wood of NKOTB and Johnny Gill of New Edition perform onstage during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MRC)

Gill talked about their long hiatus and return to music, which by the looks of the performance was no problem.

“We’ve been doing this for so many years that, you know, you kind of know the routine, you kind of know what you’re going to do and when and how to pace yourself and get back into action,” Gill shared.

“We’ve been doing this for almost 40 years, you know. Nothing is new to us that we haven’t seen before. We also understand what our challenges are as we age. But it’s like an aging fighter. You pick and choose your shots where you’re going to put the pedal to the metal.

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