Jennifer Lopez and Maluma performed their recent collaborative singles together for the first time live at the 2020 American Music Awards.
The duo, co-stars in the upcoming film Marry Me, brought “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” to the AMAs stage; they’re both singles are from the soundtrack for Marry Me, due out in February 2021.
Lopez kicked off the performance with a “Cell Block Tango” vibe, illuminated by a cross-shaped spotlight that transformed into prison bars. When the Microsoft Theatre’s lights went up, Maluma joined her for a sultry dance at center stage, with the pair duetting across an interrogation table. Lopez then took over once more and joined the other cell block “prisoners” onstage in a final dance.
Maluma said Sunday of the performance: “It feels great, not only because it’s going to be my first time, but because I’m going to perform with Jennifer Lopez…We all know that she’s such a superstar and being part of her performance is going to be amazing.”
The AMAs performance bookended a year of live music contrasts for Lopez, who in February of 2020 performed during halftime at Super Bowl 54 for a packed Hard Rock Stadium in Miami as well as a television audience of hundreds of millions. Nine months later, the singer performed under vastly different conditions, at a near-empty Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles amid a raging pandemic.
Maluma previously participated in the similarly socially distanced 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where the Colombian singer performed his single “Hawaii,” a track he later remixed with the Weeknd.
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