Sunday night’s (November 20) 2011 American Music Awards were full of onstage collaborations, and one of the most entertaining was will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger’s debut performance of “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).”
In between two life-size stereos, Jenny from the Block kicked off the bass-heavy number with the song’s chorus line: “You can go hard or you can go home.” Shortly into the performance, you could tell this hitmaking crew clearly went hard. Utilizing the pitch-black Nokia Theatre and performance group Fighting Gravity’s lit-up ensembles, will.i.am delivered a complete glow-in-the-dark performance that included floating dancers, a headless will and even a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it disappearing act.
Lopez played up her part as featured guest, and even though Jagger was missing from the action, the Rolling Stones frontman did appear via video for his portion of the dance tune. To conclude the number, glowing confetti filled the air.
“T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)” is the lead single from will’s forthcoming solo album, #willpower, which is expected to drop next year. Produced by Audiobot, Dallas Austin and will himself, “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” was released on iTunes immediately after the AMA performance. Rich Lee directed the video for the song, which was shot in Los Angeles and London; it is expected to premiere later this month.
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