There’s never any shortage of talent at the MMVAs. If you’re there to perform, we already know you’re going to kill it. While we can always count on the stars bringing the fire (and they certainly did last night), it’s not every time we notice some significant talent coming from their backup. We have mad respect for backup dancers–they’ve got to be good to get to where they are–but often the star is just too bright to pay much attention to them. Every once and a while, though, we come across a ‘Left Shark‘ and it’s pretty fantastic. Last night, we’re happy to report there were quite a few times the backup was just as spectacular as the star. From punk ballet to Tron-esque drums, the backup really brought it.
5. Post Malone’s DJ showcased his remix skills
Yes, Post Malone killed his double performance of ‘White Iversion’ and ‘Congratulations’ but how do you bridge the gap between the two songs? How ’bout some sick spins from your DJ friend? Frank Dukes took the stage as Malone’s DJ and all ears were on him as he segued like a news anchor from Malone’s first to second song. Malone didn’t let him go unnoticed either and gave his collaborator a shout-out as he did his thing.
4. Lorde’s Adidas-clad high school choir
Lorde may not be from Canada, but her backup choir for ‘Perfect Places’ sure was. Forty Hamilton high school students joined the singer for the closing performance of the night wearing Adidas track suits and sneakers. It was adorable to watch the group try to remain still with the infectious singer dancing right next to them. What would have made the performance even better? The entire group doing the ‘Lorde Dance.’
3. Imagine Dragons’ Light-Up Drumline
Imagine Dragons is always spectacular (just check out that lights show!) but during their MMVAs performance of ‘Believe’ and ‘Thunder,’ there was a little something special on the stage. The band had an entire light-up marching band drumline performing behind them. We’re pretty impressed by marching bands in general–come on, they’re marching in sync and playing music–but this is by-far the coolest one we’ve ever seen. They’re dancing, drumming, lighting up, all while being bombarded by metallic confetti. That’s the kind of star power we like to see.
2. Camila Cabello’s Punk Ballerinas
Who said ballerinas had to be prim and proper all the time? Camila Cabello was accompanied by a troupe of punk ballerinas for her performances of ‘I Have Questions’ and ‘Crying in the Club.’ For a song that’s meant to be danced to in a club, it sure lent itself well to some ballet choreography. Leave your stereotypes at home, people, these are some hip and cool ballerinas. We want them dancing for everyone next year.
1. Julia Michaels’ entire music video
Julia Miachaels’ music video for ‘Issues’ tells the story of a couple with a few, well, issues. She plays one member of the couple in the video but for her MMVA performance, two contemporary dancers take the stage along with her. In an elaborate bedroom set, the two dancers throw themselves around the room in an interpretation of the lyrics. It’s like something out of the finale of So You Think You Can Dance. Sorry Julia, but your incredible dancers may have just stolen the show.