Pitbull Will Host the 2014 AMAs & Definitely Kill It, But Will his Performance Be a Crowd-Pleaser Too?
Armando Christian Perez, who you know as Pitbull, is back to host the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theater for the second consecutive year, and I'm expecting big things from him. The AMAs may be one of the most exciting things on TV this Sunday night, but Mr. Worldwide has his work cut out for him again if he intends on beating out Sunday Night Football's ratings. The rapper played host for the award show in 2013 and got the program its highest ratings in four years, so it really isn't much of a shock that ABC invited him back for another round. According to Billboard, the 2013 AMAs attracted an impressive 36 percent increase in viewers since 2012, and I wouldn't be surprised if the ratings skyrocketed again this year.
The three-hour event will be the 42nd annual music awards, showcasing more than 16 performances. Pitbull will get to share the spotlight with massive artists like One Direction, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and several others. But being one of today's hottest musical acts, the global superstar won't only play host, but he was also one of the first confirmed performers for 2014 — hopefully giving us a little "Fireball" action.
Last year the crowd went nuts for the multi-talented rapper's performance with Ke$ha of their smash hit "Timber." Even if you're one of those people who hate the pop tune or think it's way over played, the AMA version of it was undeniably energetic, fun-filled and everything we love about the annual music awards. Pitbull is pulling double duty again this year between hosting and rapping the songs we adore him for. If you thought he tore the house down last year, Sunday's performance is bound to do double the damage.
We don't know for sure yet that "Fireball" will be the single to blow the roof off Nokia Theater on Nov. 23, but the Latin-dance explosion of a single just screams American Music Awards.
Quite frankly, I don't see how ABC could not take advantage of the catchy tune and their 2014 host to make it the biggest performance of the night. I'm predicting a sexy ensemble of dancers dressed in bright colors and shining under a thousand lights.
Since he's not up for any nominations this year, Pitbull deserves the spotlight performance. After three hours of hosting, the audience will be craving his musical presence on stage. Regardless, he's bound to do a great job hosting again, as he's actually very witty. He recently guest-judged on Dancing With the Stars and proved he knows what musical talent means in all of its aspects — but he also showed that he has a funny side. We know from his party anthems that Pitbull is chalk-full of fun and he delivered an electrifying ceremony for us last year, so we're in for one hell of a show.
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