P!nk; Photo Courtesy of ABC/AMAs
P!nk; Photo Courtesy of ABC/AMAs

P!nk Honors The Late Olivia Newton-John With Cover Of “Hopelessly Devoted To You” At 2022 AMAs

P!nk honored the late Olivia Newton-John with a goosebumps-inducing tribute performance during the 2022 American Music Awards (AMAs).

On Sunday (Nov. 20), the pop phenomenon paid homage to the late star of the iconic movie musical Grease, Newton-John, who passed away on August 8, 2022, at the age of 73 after a lengthy 30+ year battle with breast cancer. 

The Pennsylvania native performed one of Newton-John’s most well known hits, “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” donning an elegant skin toned gown, complete with feathers and sparkles. As the chart-topping hitmaker belted out the lyrics to the tune, photos of Newton-John flooded the backdrop of the stage.

Ahead of the tribute performance while walking the red carpet, P!nk told Entertainment Tonight her daughter Willow actually helped her learn the tune.

“She is an absolute icon,” P!nk gushed of the late Newton-John. “She was a wonderful human being. I loved her voice. My daughter just got done with Grease in her theater production and she actually helped me learn the song.”

Over the course of Newton-John’s career, she won 10 AMA Awards and also previously co-hosted the AMAs in 1976 alongside Aretha Franklin and Glen Campbell.

At the time of Newton-John’s passing, P!nk took to social media to remember the late Grease actress with a heartfelt message.

“I met her maybe three times- and she was an absolute angel,” the superstar wrote at the time. “One of the loveliest, kindest, light from within human beings I have ever met. Kindness personified. May she Rest In Peace and may her family be held in love and light during this difficult time.”

Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, England. She later relocated to Melbourne, Australia with her family where she began appearing on various TV shows. After joining a duo and a group, she later embarked on a solo career with the release of her 1971 album, If Not For You.

Olivia Newton-John’s musical career included five No. 1 hits and ten Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

She also earned two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975).

In the 1970s, Newton-John made a name for herself in the country music genre, charting several Top 10 singles on country radio and even earned the title of CMA Female Vocalist of the year in 1974. Some of her best-known country singles include “If You Love Me (Let Me Know),” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “Please Mr. Please.”

Several of Newton-John’s singles have gone on to earn Gold, Platinum, and 2x Platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The superstar has sold more than 100 million records and is one of the best-selling music artists in the second half of the 20th century to the present day.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.

P!nk also kicked off the show with the live debut of her latest single “Never Gonna Not Dance Again.”

The 2022 American Music Awards featured performances from Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, P!NK, Yola, Anitta, Bebe Rexha, D-Nice (House DJ), Dove Cameron, GloRilla, J.I.D., Lil Baby, WizKid, Tems, and more.

Stevie Wonder also joined forces with Ari Lennox and Charlie Puth to perform a medley of Lionel Richie’s hit songs in honor of the American Idol judge and former Commodores member, who is the 2022 AMAs Icon Award recipient.

Additionally, Jimmie Allen, Meghan Trainor, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch, Ellie Goulding, Jessie James Decker, Kelly Rowland, Kim Petras, Latto, Melissa Etheridge, Sabrina Carpenter and Smokey Robinson, Karreuche Tran, Roselyn Sanchez, Niecy Nash-Betts and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Liza Koshy were on hand to present during the coveted awards show ceremony.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, the 2022 American Music Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 20 at 8/7c on ABC. 

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