The biggest moment of the 2021 American Music Awards was a total blast from the past.
At Sunday night’s awards ceremony, viewers got an epic taste of boy band history as New Edition and New Kids on the Block took the stage for a performance fans dubbed the “Battle of Boston”.
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 22, 2021
AMAs host Cardi B introduced the performance, admitting that when the iconic boy bands were topping the charts 30 years ago, she wasn’t even born yet.
Still, she recognized the momentousness of the event, the first time the two bands have shared the stage in all these decades.
For the performance, the bands played a medley of hits, including New Kids’ “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “Step By Step” and “Hangin’ Tough”, and New Edition’s “Candy Girl”, “Mr. Telephone Man”, “Can You Stand the Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love”, along with a mashup of “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “Is This the End”.
Fans of the bands went wild on Twitter for the performance.
All six members. Epic. https://t.co/v2RU779w1q
— VanAdams (@VanAdamsSports) November 22, 2021
— Alex (@appleblond) November 22, 2021
— Blessing (@TheBlessedMesss) November 22, 2021
Though they’ve never performed on-stage together, both bands were assembled by producer Maurice Starr, and in 2008, New Edition guested on New Kids’ comeback album.
The New Edition spin-off trio Bell Biv DeVoe also opened for New Kids at a Fenway Park concert earlier this year.