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Pink pulled double duty at the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 20), following her opening performance with a passionate mid-show tribute to Olivia Newton-John and her eternal hit “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
Wearing an elegant, sparkly dress rife with feathers, Pink glided through “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and struck a different tone than her first performance of the evening, when she roller-skated to her new single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again.” During the tribute, Pink kept things simple, standing center stage and belting out the classic song as photos of Newton-John were shown on the big screen and fans swayed their arms behind her.
Newton-John died in August at the age of 73, leaving behind a pop legacy that included five No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 chart. “Hopelessly Devoted to You” peaked at No. 3 and was one of three top 10 smashes from 1978’s Grease, also earning an Oscar nomination for best original song.
Over the course of her career, Newton-John earned 10 American Music Awards, beginning in 1974 with a favorite album – country win for Let Me Be There. She dominated the favorite female artist categories in the mid-’70s, winning in the pop/rock category in three consecutive years from 1974 to 1976, and she returned to win the category in 1982, following the smash success of her 1981 Hot 100-topper “Physical.”
Meanwhile, Pink’s “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” precedes her upcoming studio album, Trustfall.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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