James Bay performed for the first time at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Following a brightly lit, bumping performance from The Chainsmokers, Bay soothed the crowd with his hit song "Let it Go." Wearing all black, the performance was simply lit, leaving the focus on Bay's crooning voice.
In 2014, the English singer-songwriter-guitarist released his platinum hit single "Hold Back the River," followed by his debut studio album, Chaos and the Calm.
This year, the 26-year-old artist was honored with the title of best British male solo artist at the Brit Awards and also received three Grammy nominations for best new artist, best rock song for "Hold Back the River" and best rock album for Chaos and the Calm.
Other artists scheduled to perform at the AMAs are Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, special duets from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and the American Music Award of Merit honoree and performer Sting.
The nominations for the fan-voted awards show, produced by Dick Clark Productions, were revealed earlier this month. Drake leads with a record 13 noms, while Rihanna has seven and Adele and Justin Bieber each have five. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers follow closely behind with four and Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd each have three. Keep up with the latest winners here.
The 2016 American Music Awards show, airing on ABC, is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan, with Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco serving as producers.