Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars appeared on Sunday night’s 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) broadcast for a performance of Silk Sonic single “Smokin Out The Window” from Los Angeles, CA’s Microsoft Theater. The single appears on the supergroup’s debut album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, released on Friday, November 12th via Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records.
In addition to a live performance at the AMAs, Silk Sonic also took home the award for Favorite R&B Song with its debut single, “Leave The Door Open“. Silk Sonic beat out Chris Brown & Young Thug‘s “Go Crazy”, Giveon‘s “Heartbreak Anniversary”, H.E.R.‘s “Damage”, and Jazmine Sullivan‘s “Pick Up Your Feelings” for the honor.
Starting things off right at the AMAs, Mars and .Paak opened the festivities with their live performance of “Smokin Out The Window”. Silk Sonic appeared on stage with the full compliments of a band and backup singers, all dressed in red suits to match the ’70s aesthetic that defines the song and much of the album.
The three-plus-minute performance mostly stayed true to the studio recording, with Mars and .Paak trading verses and providing silky smooth harmonies on the choruses. Uniquely fusing the suaveness of the R&B sounds of yesteryear with hip-hop elements of present-day, this rendition of “Smokin’ Out The Window” channeled the duo’s debonair attitude and highlighted its distinct ability for showmanship. At one point during the song, .Paak even switched up the lyrics, singing, “I think I saw her with them Island Boys,” a topical reference to the duo who achieved fame from a series of videos on TikTok.
Below, watch Silk Sonic perform “Smokin Out The Window” live from the 2021 American Music Awards.
Mars and .Paak have also recently started hosting An Evening With Silk Sonic Radio on Apple Music, a four-episode show that includes some of their favorite music as well as conversations and interviews with guests. Head here for more information.
Silk Sonic – “Smokin Out The Window” – Live at the American Music Awards
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