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BTS and Coldplay brought the crowd to their feet on Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the 2018 American Music Awards, held in the city where the boy band’s groundbreaking music video was filmed.
Grammy winner Logic performs alongside a piano as children surround him onstage at the AMAs. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Disney
On a night rich in winners and winners and a star-studded opener by K-pop sensation BTS, Coldplay performed live with singer Michael Bublé from inside a giant golden throne, as they accepted an award for their album A Head Full of Dreams.
Crowd favorite and Miley Cyrus’ BFF Charli XCX and the band Imagine Dragons also performed at the AMAs, which were dedicated to an active service member.
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The show opened with Halsey performing an acoustic medley of her hits Big Girls Cry and Elastic Heart. She later joined singer Logic for his anti-bullying anthem One Day I’ll Fly Away.
Camila Cabello followed with upbeat Latin funk and an introduction by rapper Pitbull.
“I can’t believe you guys just won this award but you really deserved it,” said Pitbull as he introduced Cabello. She later performed Havana.
Coldplay’s performance earned a standing ovation from the star-studded audience, which included rapper Drake, boxer Mike Tyson, tennis star Serena Williams and model Bella Hadid.