R&B greats Bell Biv Devoe commemorated the 30th anniversary of their classic Poison album at the 2020 American Music Awards this Sunday (Nov. 22) with performances of the album’s two biggest hits.
After an enthusiastic lead-in from host Taraji P. Henson (who jokingly tried to take credit for the group’s success via her Empire character Cookie) and a short intro, the New Jack Swing trio launched into a scorching rendition of “Do Me!” There was only way for them to follow that up, of course — with an even higher-octane rendition of the group’s signature smash “Poison,” as crowd-pleasing a jam as ever three decades later.
Both “Do Me!” and “Poison” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon their initial release in 1990, while parent album Poison reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The group took home the AMA for favorite soul/R&B band/duo/group back in 1992
Last night (Nov. 22) at the American Music Awards, Bell Bid Devoe celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Poison album with a performance of “Do Me!” and the “Poison” single.
The trio was introduced by host Taraji P. Henson, who doubled in the moment as Cookie Lyon. The group won an AMA for favorite soul/R&B band/duo/group in 1992.
“It’s a living room moment during Thanksgiving…and I think the good thing is, the moms, the uncles, the dads, the older brothers and sisters, they get to reminisce on how they felt when they were in high school and college,” BBD said of their AMA return. “Thirty years of triumph. Thirty years of generational success. When you look at people that are 60 and 50 and all the way down to two- and three-year-olds singing our song and dancing and trying to do that breakdown, it’s just an amazing achievement for us.”
Nearly 30 years after Bell Biv Devoe first performed at the American Music Awards, the new jack swing legends returned to the AMAs to deliver a medley of their songs.
The trio of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe sang their two most enduring hits, “Do Me!” and “Poison,” at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Sunday. Bell Biv Devoe performed on a stage that looked straight out of MTV’s Nineties heyday, with school lockers and Lakers jerseys decorating the backdrop as they crooned through their iconic singles.
The three-time AMA-winning group last took the American Music Awards stage in 1991, where the trio performed “B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?”
The trio said of their return to the AMAs: “It’s a living room moment during Thanksgiving…and I think the good thing is, the moms, the uncles, the dads, the older brothers and sisters, they get to reminisce on how they felt when they were in high school and college.”
BBD continued: “Thirty years of triumph. Thirty years of generational success. When you look at people that are 60 and 50 and all the way down to two- and three-year-olds singing our song and dancing and trying to do that breakdown, it’s just an amazing achievement for us.”
In 2017, Bell Biv DeVoe released their album Three Stripes, BBD’s first collection of new music since 2001.
The 2020 American Music Awards also featured performances from Bad Bunny, Jhay Cortez, BTS, Dua Lipa, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion and Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha feat. Doja Cat, The Weeknd, Kenny G, Jennifer Lopez with Maluma, Machine Gun Kelly, Lewis Capaldi, Dan + Shay, Billie Eilish and Katy Perry with Darius Rucker.
The awards was produced by dick clark productions. Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Larry Klein is producer. The “2020 American Music Awards” is sponsored by Cheetos, T-Mobile and Xfinity.
Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, The AMAs aired on Wednesday, November 22 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.
You can see the moment below.