First things first. The Biebs started out seated on a stool and accompanied by an acoustic guitarist, donning a tank top, backwards baseball cap, red jeans and red sneakers, to perform an acoustic version of ‘As Long as You Love Me.’ It was a stark, spare contrast to the rest of the night’s performances, which were expansive productions complete with lots of props. It was obvious to us this was just the beginning. And it was.
After he wrapped the first song, the Biebs demanded, “AMAs, get out ya seats,” as he launched into a performance of the much faster ‘Beauty and a Beat.’ The set was decorated with boomboxes and it was a choreography-heavy performance, with Bieber fully in time with his crew of dancers. This performance fell in line with the rest of the night, meaning it was produced and featured lots of visual bells and whistles. When Minaj turned up