Although neither Leon Bridges nor Pentatonix took home an American Music Award Sunday, both performers came away winners from the nationally televised ceremony, broadcast on ABC. (The more established but likewise North Texas-raised pop stars Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas also turned up throughout the three-hour broadcast.)
The Fort Worth-based Bridges joined Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with whom he recorded earlier this year, for the debut of the duo’s new track, Kevin, a powerful song about addiction. (The song is from the pair’s upcoming album, reportedly due out next year.)
Bridges lit up social media — Billboard called him “absurdly soulful” — and kicked off what will be a busy month for him: he’s the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Dec. 5 and he has a new single, So Long, in the forthcoming Will Smith film Concussion. (The 2016 Grammy nominations, which just might include some good news for Bridges, are set to be announced Dec. 7.) He also got some time on the AMAs red carpet.
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Pentatonix, fresh from its chart-topping major label debut earlier this year, turned up Sunday to help stoke anticipation for the upcoming Star Wars movie (and, fittingly, was introduced by recent Fort Worth visitor Harrison Ford).
The Arlington-formed acappella quintet will embark on a brief run across the country performing at Christmas concerts before calling it a year. They spoke briefly on the AMAs red carpet.