Before George Lucas released Star Wars in 1977, he showed some raw footage to a few of his movie-director friends, most of whom wondered just what kind of mess Lucas had gotten himself into once they saw the clips.
Of course, some things that were in the finished product were missing at the time — including John Williams’ score, which was added a couple of months later. Williams’ music helps make the movie the classic that is.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming to theaters in December, the American Music Awards, which take place Nov. 22, are going to pay tribute to Williams — with a lot of help from Pentatonix, the a cappella group founded by Arlington’s Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kirstin Maldonado.
This won’t be full a cappella, Entertainment Weekly reports: The group will be backed by a full orchestra. But the quintet, which also features Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, will be singing Star Wars music without using any instruments themselves.
Pentatonix’s latest album, simply titled Pentatonix, is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s top 200 album chart, the first time an a cappella group has accomplished that feat. Lead single Can’t Sleep Love — an original, like most of the other songs on the lbum — just cracked the Hot 100 singles chart and is currently No. 99 and rising.
DFW will be well-represented at the AMAs: Grand Prairie’s Selena Gomez and Colleyville-bred Demi Lovato are also scheduled to perform. The American Music Awards will air at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 on ABC (WFAA/Channel 8).