Brutally honest reviews of every 2022 AMAs performance, including Stevie Wonder, Charlie Puth

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For its 50th anniversary, the American Music Awards are showcasing generations of talent, from first-time nominee and performer GloRilla to timeless icon Stevie Wonder.

Genre-spanning artists including Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Anitta, Lil Baby and Yola top Sunday’s performance lineup, while newly minted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lionel Richie is set to be feted with the annual Icon Award and a Wonder-led tribute.

Pink is penciled in for a pair of performances – her frothy new single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” and a tribute to the late Olivia Newton-John.

Debuts are also a major part of the event: David Guetta and Bebe Rexha unveil “I’m Good (Blue)” for the first time on U.S. TV, while Dove Cameron and Anitta take their inaugural performance bows on the AMAs stage.

Here’s a look at how the 2022 AMAs performers fared.

Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth, ‘Three Times a Lady,’ ‘Easy,’ ‘All Night Long,’ Say You, Say Me,’  ‘Jesus Is Love,’ ‘We Are the World’

Stevie Wonder (front) engaged in a lengthy and casual tribute to Icon Award recipient Lionel Richie (left).

AMAs Icon Award recipient Lionel Richie possesses a bottomless catalog, so mining it for a condensed medley is an unenviable task.

But Richie pal Stevie Wonder and pop wunderkind Charlie Puth attempted to engage in a “Lionel Richie tennis match of copyrighted material,” as Puth called it, allowing for plenty of snippets. With pianos facing each other, Wonder and Puth swapped Richie and Commodores classics, including “Three Times a Lady” (Wonder), “Easy” (Puth), “Jesus Is Love” (Wonder) and “Say You, Say Me” (Puth).

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